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Cooperative Education

Cooperative education provides students with the opportunity to work full-time or part-time in career-related positions. Through cooperative education, students enhance their professional preparation by developing job-related skills, test career interests, relate their course of study to practical work situations, and earn income to meet educational expenses. Students enroll in the CPE cooperative education course to record co-op experiences on their transcripts. Academic credit for work experience may be earned in some academic departments. Career Services staff enroll students in the CPE course and monitor their learning.

Interdisciplinary Study

Interdisciplinary study gives students a chance to explore different areas or to tailor a major to their interests. Many courses—including African and African American Studies, Criminal Justice, Integrated Language Arts, Social Science Education, International Studies, and Women's Studies—are offered jointly by cooperating departments. Students can also combine work in two different departments for a double, or dual, major. The Selected Studies major offered by the College of Liberal Arts allows students to pursue a self-designed course of study, culminating in a senior project, in an area where a major is not currently available. For more information on any of the programs, students should see the Selected Studies advisor.

Consortium

Wright State students also have hundreds of additional classes available to them through the university's membership in the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, an association that includes many colleges and universities in the area. Full-time students at Wright State may cross-register for credit at member schools, at Wright State's tuition rates, as long as class space is available, they have their advisor's consent, and the course is not offered at Wright State. They must also meet course and host college prerequisites.

The consortium also offers cooperative library privileges to students at all member institutions. These library holdings total more than a million volumes.

Student Exchange and Study Abroad

Students can study abroad through a variety of international programs offered through Wright State. The Ambassador Program—offered at various locations around the world—provides an opportunity to study the societies and cultures of other countries and to earn academic credit while doing so. Wright State is a member of the USAC study abroad consortium. It offers a full array of courses focusing on foreign language acquisition and the study of a variety of academic disciplines. Several of the latter type of courses are taught in English. Courses can be taken during a summer, semester, or year academic program. The consortium teaching sites include Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, and Thailand. Wright State also offers individualized student exchange programs with universities in Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Spain, and Sweden. On these programs, students pay Wright State tuition and local room and board costs while abroad. In the case of all Wright State exchange and study abroad programs, students can apply their student scholarships and loans to their studies.

Learning English for Academic and Professional Purposes (LEAP)

For non-native speakers of English wishing to study at an American college or university, Wright State offers the Learning English for Academic and Professional Purposes (LEAP) Intensive English Program.

Benefits of the LEAP Program include 10 weeks of instruction in small classes that allow for individual attention. The instruction includes intensive speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, and the latest computer technology, including Web browsing and e-mail. Students are instructed by experienced faculty with advanced degrees in teaching English as a second language or a related field, and by adjunct instructors closely supervised by more experienced faculty. The LEAP Program also features regular meetings with native English-speaking conversation partners and scheduled sessions with trained tutors in the University Writing Center.

Holders of F-1 visas must be enrolled full-time in the LEAP Program, although a part-time course of studies is available for immigrants and visitors. The LEAP Program is not subject to WSU tuition or fee waivers. For more information, please call (937) 775-2505 or e-mail carol.cornett@wright.edu.

 
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