Cross-Cultural Experience

Frequently Asked Questions

Can an undergraduate student graduate without completing his or her cross-cultural experience (CCE)?

No. The CCE, like all general education requirements, must be completed prior to graduating from Carroll University.

Do students have to participate in an international CCE?

No. Carroll University offers domestic and regional CCE options as well. Examples include: Tucson, Ariz., Harlem, N.Y., Albuquerque, N.M. and Milwaukee, Wis.

When should I begin to plan?

Early planning is very important. It’s not too soon to speak with your academic adviser about the CCE during your first year.

When should I apply?  

The general rule of thumb is that students should apply the semester before they would like to complete their CCE. Deadlines are announced on the university’s internal portal on the CCE section.

Can students design their own CCE?

There are many non-traditional ways of completing the CCE, including international volunteer experiences, service in a cross-cultural setting and petitioning for a self-designed CCE. These options include a course prior to or concurrently during the immersion and provide an opportunity for students to control various aspects of their immersion.

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