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Academic Credit for Volunteering or Interning Abroad

Overview

University student works on a volunteer project

Many Projects Abroad participants are university students who get credit for their time abroad.

Since Projects Abroad is not an academic institution we do not issue credit ourselves. However, many students receive credit by special arrangements at their home institution, or by transferring credit from 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.

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

Independent Credit at Your Home College or University

You might be able to get credit directly from your home college or university. Check your course catalog for requirements around independent study or internship credit. Then, make an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your desire to volunteer with Projects Abroad - many advisors are already familiar with us.

Volunteer Abroad in Cambodia, Cambodia Conservation for Credit

When you meet with your advisor, bring with you:

  • A print-out of the web page describing the project you want to do
  • Your desired dates of travel
  • 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

Students enrolled at any State University of New York (SUNY) campus can receive credit for participation in a Projects Abroad program through our partnership with SUNY Cortland. If you are enrolled at SUNY Cortland or any other SUNY university, follow these links to learn more about how you can get credit for volunteering with Projects Abroad.

Credit for any College or University Student

Regardless of where you study, if your university allows it, you can transfer credit from SUNY Cortland. While the process for transferring credits is different at institution, 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

Credit for SUNY Cortland Students

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 get credit for Projects Abroad programs directly through the International Programs Office at SUNY Cortland. You will receive credit for your project just as you would any other course at SUNY Cortland. Moreover, financial aid is available for your project.

Getting started is easy:

  • Choose your project and destination. We have projects relevant to most academic majors.
  • Choose your start date and duration. Projects Abroad offers flexible dates, but please check the SUNY Cortland Website for registration deadlines. Remember, the longer you volunteer with Projects Abroad, the more credits you receive.
  • Complete SUNY Cortland’s Study Abroad Application.
  • After receiving approval from SUNY Cortland, apply with Projects Abroad. You will pay the $295 Projects Abroad deposit. The remainder of your program fee will be billed through SUNY Cortland as tuition.
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

Credit for all SUNY Students

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

Through our partnership with SUNY Cortland, students at any State University of New York campus can get credit for volunteering 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 count for credit as an internship with your home university. Moreover, financial aid is available to cover the cost of your project.

Getting started is easy:

  • Choose your project and destination. We have projects relevant to most academic majors.
  • Choose your start date and duration. Projects Abroad offers flexible dates, but please check the SUNY Cortland Website for registration deadlines. Remember, the longer you volunteer with Projects Abroad, the more credits you receive.
  • Check with your own international programs or study abroad office to confirm your plan and check for additional requirements.
  • Complete SUNY Cortland’s Study Abroad Application.
  • After receiving approval from SUNY Cortland, apply with Projects Abroad. You will pay the $295 Projects Abroad deposit. The remainder of your program fee will be billed through SUNY Cortland as tuition.
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

Credit for any College or University Student

Opportunities for University Credit by volunteering abroad

If your home institution allows it, you can transfer credit from SUNY Cortland. You do not have to be a student at the State University of New York.

Typically, the process works like this:

  • First, speak with your academic advisor to find out if it's possible to receive independent credit from your home institution. This is a simpler alternative to transferring credit.
  • If your home institution will not provide credit directly, make sure that your home institution accepts transfer credits from the State University of New York (SUNY).
  • Choose your project and destination. We have projects relevant to most academic majors.
  • Choose your start date and duration. Projects Abroad offers flexible dates, but please check the SUNY Cortland Website for registration deadlines. Remember, the longer you volunteer with Projects Abroad, the more credits you receive.
  • Check with your own international programs or study abroad office to confirm your plan and check for additional requirements.
  • 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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