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Beloit College

Mission Statement

International education takes place every day at Beloit College in classrooms; residence halls; programming such as lectures, performances and exhibits; and casual conversations. It involves the contributions of many members of the campus community, whether they come from abroad or the U.S.

The Beloit College Office of International Education is charged with facilitating the internationalization of the College by providing advice for study abroad and domestic off-campus programs, support for international students and scholars, ESL instruction, and assistance with campus wide programming around international education. The OIE also helps faculty find opportunities for professional development related to international education and to internationalize their teaching and advising.

The faculty/student Committee on International Education serves as an advisory committee to the office helping to develop policies, practices and programs; and reviewing applications to study abroad. A separate selection committee reviews applications to participate in domestic off-campus programs.

The following mission and learning goals guide the work of the Office of International Education and the committees with which it works.

International Education Mission Statement

In providing a program of international education, Beloit College aspires to graduate students who, no matter where they will live and work, will be able to:

  • understand their own identity and their relationship to others;
  • be sensitive to commonalities and differences among and within cultures;
  • have the ability to understand multiple perspectives;
  • be knowledgeable about global forces, both human and physical;
  • understand how their status and actions impact others; and
  • contribute responsibly to humane and positive change.

These goals are facilitated by a dynamic and comprehensive approach to international education. This approach includes the enrollment and support of students from around the world; study abroad and domestic programs; a curriculum rich in international and global content attentive to the role of the United States; support for faculty, staff and other resource development; the hosting of visiting scholars; and the encouragement of a campus environment hospitable to international education, including a full range of co-curricular activities.

Learning Goals for Study Abroad

Beloit College provides opportunities for immersion in other cultural and educational environments through study abroad. Students are expected to:

  • gain new perspectives on their fields of study;
  • develop intercultural competencies and communication skills;
  • learn to engage with situations and questions that challenge their own assumptions and values;
  • develop the ability to articulate their cultural experience; and
  • learn about and from the environments in which they live and study.

Students prepare for study abroad through coursework, research, and other experiences. They are given an opportunity to demonstrate this preparation in the study abroad application and interview.

Domestic Program Learning Goals

Beloit College provides opportunities for students to enroll in domestic off-campus programs in order to combine practical experience with their more theoretical studies. Students are expected to:

  • gain new perspectives on their fields of study;
  • develop the ability to apply theory to practice and practice to theory;
  • learn to engage with situations and questions that challenge their own assumptions and values;
  • develop the ability to articulate what they have learned; and
  • learn about and from the environments in which they live and study.