International Experiences

Education Abroad

At Champlain Lennoxville we are convinced that taking part in an education abroad opportunity will allow you to learn from new perspectives, develop intercultural skills, and make new friendships. Students who have participated in education abroad programs have reported developing their self-confidence and autonomy, finding new motivation in their studies and career path, and feeling more connected to the world as global citizens.

 

Each year, you will have the opportunity to apply to participate in an education abroad opportunity that is led by faculty/staff, usually offered after the Winter semester. Keep an eye out on Omnivox for the dates of information sessions offered in the Fall.

Mae Sot Education Project

The Eastern Townships – Mae Sot Education Project (ET-MSEP) is a joint Champlain-Lennoxville and Bishop’s University project. It was developed in 2003 to help Burmese migrants and refugees living on the Thai-Burmese border to improve their quality of life by engaging student volunteers from Champlain-Lennoxville and Bishop’s to provide ESL enrichment to children in schools for migrant children in Mae Sot, Thailand.

 

After a period of intense preparation involving ESL-teacher training, learning about the background of the Burmese refugee-migrant situation and fundraising, volunteers spend six months immersed in the Burmese migrant/refugee community in Thailand. This overseas experience offers a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills while contributing to the lives of children on the other side of the world. Volunteers return to Canada and share their newfound knowledge with Canadians, thereby strengthening their commitment to international cooperation and human rights. Community-building, based on sharing between children and youth from two communities, each striving for a healthy future on opposite sides of the planet, is at the core of this project.

Refugee Sponsorship Program

It has been over twenty years that a group of ten to fifteen  Bishop’s University and Champlain College – Lennoxville students, staff and faculty have sponsored refugee students, young people forced to leave their homelands who wish to continue their education (and their lives) in security.  Each year the group, with the help of all the students, faculty and staff on campus, the BU and CRC administrations, and many people in the community, brings  two students  to our campus and supports them  for one year (and sometimes beyond) both materially and emotionally while they  adjust to life in Canada.  To date, the committee has helped more than thirty-five students (and one young child) restart their lives.  For additional information, go to the Refugee Sponsorship webpage.

International Studies

International Studies is a club for any student interested in furthering their understanding of the global context, discussing international issues, and getting involved in their local community.   Students may apply for International Studies at Club Day, at the Information Session held each semeater or any time by contacting the IS coordinator.  Graduating students who have fulfilled the requirements will be presented with a certificate at the graduation ceremony.

 

There are two components to International Studies at Champlain College:  course work and extra-curricular activities.

COURSE WORK

In their existing course selection, students must select at least four courses with international content. When choosing the courses, students are responsible for informing the academic advisor that they are pursuing this option. Advisors and the IS coordinator can help students choose courses with international content. Only two language courses may count towards a certificate.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

All students must participate in activities organized by IS throughout the year and are encouraged to help organize and run these activities. These activities include guest conferences, public screenings and discussions, and are organized around a yearly theme chosen in consultation with IS students (e.g.Global inequalities, Indigenous peoples, etc.). These activities lead up to a symposium—a day-long event with guest speakers and audience members from our campus and local communities. Students are required to participate in the symposium.  In the event that you have engaged yourself for over 60 hours within a certain area of involvement, you will be able to request that this information be indicated on your Bulletin d`études collégiales.

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES COURSES

NOTE: From time to time, courses are added to or deleted from this list, and individual projects in certain courses may take on an International flavour.

 

320-264-LE Regional Geography
320-265-LE Geography of Tourism
320-266-LE Environmental Geography
330-255-LE History of the United States
330-256-LE 20th Century History: A Hundred Years of Conflict
330-984-LE The World Today
340-912-LE Making of the Modern Mind
345-101-MQ One World, Many Cultures
345-101-MQ A Sense of Place: The Link Between Where we Live and Who we Are
345-102-MQ Islamic World Views
345-BEK-LE Human Rights Perspective
345-BEL-LE Contempory Moral Issues
351-657-LE Intercultural Relationships
383-291-LE International Economics
385-261-LE Political Ideologies
385-263-LE Introduction to International Affairs
387-281-LE Social Issues and Social Problems
387-282-LE Marriage and the Family
387-416-LE Sociology of Unequal Relations
401-101-LE Fundamentals of Business
401-242-LE Principles of Financial Management
410-420-LE International Business
520-BED-LE Italy: Art & Architecture through the Ages
603-102-MQ Postcolonial Literature and Theory
603-103-MQ Women Canadian Writers
603-103-MQ Other Solitudes: The Literature of Canada’s Cultural Minorities
603-103-MQ Ecocriticism
603-103-MQ Many Voices
607-101-LE Spanish I
607-201-LE Spanish II
609-101-LE German I
609-202-LE German II
613-BEA-LE Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture