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Academic Credit Volunteering for Interning Abroad

Overview

A University student works on a volunteer project for academic credit

Many Projects Abroad volunteers and interns are university students and often are able to get credit for their time abroad. Projects Abroad wholly supports this - we know the hard work our volunteers put in! Since Projects Abroad is not an academic institution we cannot award credit ourselves, but students may be able to arrange to receive credit from their university directly or through our partners.

Being rewarded for hard work volunteering abroad is not limited to university students! If you are a high school student please instead see our High School Specials section for information on receiving community service hours with Projects Abroad.

How to Receive Credit for Volunteering Abroad

There are a few ways for university students to receive credit for their experience volunteering with Projects Abroad.

Obtaining Credit from Your University

The first option is to see if you can get credit directly from your university. Check your university catalog for the requirements for independent study or internship credit to see what the process is. Then, make an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your intent to do a project with Projects Abroad - many will already be familiar with us.

Here are things that will be helpful for your meeting with your advisor:

  • A print out of the description of the project you want to do from our website
  • The approximate dates and length of time you want to go abroad.
  • A Projects Abroad brochure.
  • A print out of where our alumni have attended university, especially if yours is on the list.
  • A written proposal of how the project relates to your academic program, particularly if you intend to use you time for research for a dissertation or thesis.

We will do everything we can to help you get credit. We can sign forms, write letters verifying your participation in our projects, or talk to your school administrators ourselves. Please contact us if you have any questions about how Projects Abroad can help you get credit from your university.

Credit for SUNY Students

If you are a student of one of the universities of the State University of New York you can receive credit through our partnership SUNY Cortland. Find out how you can get credit for volunteering with Projects Abroad if you are a SUNY Cortland student or a student from other SUNY universities.

Transfer Credit to any University

Current students from any college or university in the US can receive transfer credit for their time with Projects Abroad as well through our partnership with SUNY Cortland. While the process for getting credits transferred is different for each situation, we have provided an outline of the usual steps.

Volunteer Profile Jamie Nichols, Northeastern University - Medicine in Tanzania
Jamie Nichols, Northeastern University - Medicine in Tanzania
“At my university, students are able to take time off from classes and receive credit for working at a job related to their major. As a pre-medical student, this presented the perfect opportunity to travel and gain experience in the field of medicine. I researched different volunteer programs, and it was my school advisor that in the end recommended Projects Abroad.” Read more...
SUNY Cortland Students

SUNY Cortland Partnership

State University of NY - Cortland students can get credit for volunteering with Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad is an approved study abroad provider of SUNY Cortland. This means that SUNY Cortland students who want to do programs with Projects Abroad as an internship can apply directly through the International Programs Office at SUNY Cortland. This way you can get credit from SUNY Cortland the same as your other classes and have your financial aid applied to the cost of your project.

It is a pretty easy process to study abroad with Projects Abroad as a SUNY Cortland student. Here are the basic steps:

  • Choose the project that you want to do and the destination. We have projects that align with most academic majors.
  • Choose your start date and duration. With Projects Abroad the dates are up to you, but please check the SUNY Cortland Website for registration deadlines for fall, winter, spring, and summer terms each year. Also please bear in mind the number of weeks you go for will affect how much credit you can receive.
  • Review and complete SUNY Cortland’s Study Abroad Application.
  • After receiving approval from SUNY Cortland, apply with Projects Abroad. You will be responsible for the $295 Projects Abroad deposit yourself when you apply. The rest of your program fee will be billed through SUNY Cortland as tuition so you can get credit and any financial aid can be applied.
Volunteer Profile Nicole Mattia, SUNY Cortland - Care in Thailand
Nicole Mattia, SUNY Cortland - Care in Thailand
“The school where I worked was much different than I expected it to be but it quickly became my favorite place to be. The teachers there are absolutely wonderful. They have so much to share as well as a strong interest in our own lives. I saw amazing things on my trip but nothing compares to my time with the children. Being given this amazing opportunity to teach the students is by far the most rewarding thing I have ever done.” Read more...
Other SUNY Students

Study Abroad for SUNY Students

State University of New York students can get credit for volunteering with Projects Abroad

Through our partnership with SUNY Cortland, students from any State University of New York university can study abroad with Projects Abroad. As an affiliated program of SUNY Cortland, the process is the same as applying for any SUNY-run study abroad program. Your experience with Projects Abroad will then count as an internship with your university and you can get credit and have your financial aid applied the the cost of your project.

Here are the basic steps:

  • Choose the project that you want to do and the destination. We have projects that align with most academic majors.
  • Choose your start date and duration. With Projects Abroad the dates are up to you, but please check the SUNY Cortland Website for registration deadlines for fall, winter, spring, and summer terms each year. Also please bear in mind the number of weeks you go for will affect how much credit you can receive.
  • Check with your own international programs or study abroad office to confirm your plan and see if they require any additional information.
  • Review and complete SUNY Cortland’s Study Abroad Application.
  • After receiving approval from SUNY Cortland, apply with Projects Abroad. You will be responsible for the $295 Projects Abroad deposit yourself when you apply. The rest of your program fee will be billed through SUNY Cortland as tuition so you can get credit and any financial aid can be applied.
Volunteer Profile Zuleyma DeLaRosa, SUNY Buffalo - Teaching in Costa Rica
Zuleyma DeLaRosa, SUNY Buffalo - Teaching in Costa Rica
“I traveled to Costa Rica with my graduate study project in mind and as such, I had a goal for my math class. My focus for the class was to understand if students know the difference between problem posing and problem solving and what their thought processes when solving a problem were. The local math teacher, Rosemary, was a great support in helping me work toward my goal. She allowed me to lead the activities I had prepared for students, even though some of the problem posing and problem solving questions did not include math. Overall, my teaching experience in Costa Rica was fantastic!” Read more...
Other Universities

Transfer Credit for Projects Abroad Programs

Opportunities for University Credit by volunteering abroad

Students from any US university can receive transfer credit for volunteering abroad through our partnership with SUNY Cortland. You do not have to be a student of the State University of New York to get credit from SUNY Cortland. All your university has to do is accept transfer credit from programs with other universities.

How this works will depend on the process with your university. Here is typical process:

  • First check your university catalog or speak with an academic advisor at your university to see if you can get credit directly from your university for a program like Projects Abroad instead of having to receive transfer credit.
  • If your school will not provide credit directly, see if your school accepts transfer credits from the State University of New York.
  • If you school will accept the credits, you can now come up with your plan to study abroad with Projects Abroad.
  • Choose the project that you want to do and the destination. We have projects that align with most academic majors.
  • Choose your start date and duration. With Projects Abroad the dates are up to you, but please check the SUNY Cortland Website for registration deadlines for fall, winter, spring, and summer terms each year. Also please bear in mind the number of weeks you go for will affect how much credit you can receive.
  • Once you know your basic plan, contact your international programs or study abroad office to learn about their application process, requirements, and deadlines.
  • Once you plan is approved by your university, contact the SUNY Cortland International Programs Office to confirm your plan and complete their study abroad application.
  • After SUNY Cortland has approved your application, apply with Projects Abroad. You will be responsible for the $295 Projects Abroad deposit yourself when you apply. The rest of your program fee will be billed through SUNY Cortland as tuition so you can receive SUNY credit.
Volunteer Profile Kelly Mosher, Sweet Briar College - Teaching in Fiji
Kelly Mosher, Sweet Briar College - Teaching in Fiji
“I am an Elementary Education major and I am being certified in Special Education. For my required Education Internship, I wanted to go abroad to a fascinating country with a unique culture. With a little research, I came across Projects Abroad and their placement in Fiji. The staff were incredibly friendly and quick to respond to my needs required for academic credit. Before I left, I felt confident in the work I would be doing and I never felt as though I would be lost or confused on where to go or what to do when I arrived in Fiji.” Read more...

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