Study Abroad Programs
As part of UNM’s International Studies major, each student must have at least one Overseas Travel Experience (OTE) to fulfill the program’s intercultural learning curriculum. Moreover, the travel experience is a prerequisite for INTS 400 (The Capstone Seminar in International Studies). A minimum of 16 days must be spent in a foreign country or a U.S. overseas territory (e.g., Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, etc.).
While it is strongly recommended that students participate in a UNM-affiliated study abroad program (see the Global Education Office for specific details and programs), students may propose an independent travel experience (ITE) of their own. This must, however, receive prior approval from the ISI Capstone Instructor. It must contain an educational or work-related component (e.g., intensive language study, work internship, volunteering, apprenticeships, short-term faculty-led educational travel, etc). For volunteer or internship possibilities see Workaway.info; idealist.org.Tourism is not an acceptable substitute unless it involves a significant educational, volunteer, or work-related component.