G.R.A.S.P. = Global Reflections Abroad Shape Potential

G.R.A.S.P. is a Global Citizenship Certificate program that began fall 2012 and is open to all students studying or interning abroad for a semester. G.R.A.S.P. is a for-credit, three part course culminating in a Certificate of Global Citizenship. The course is designed for inquisitive students who are interested in maximizing their study abroad experience through reflection, immersion, and enhanced cultural learning.

What is G.R.A.S.P. and what does it stand for?

G.R.A.S.P. stands for Global Reflections Abroad Shape Potential. It is an exciting new certificate program that has been developed by the Office of International Programs in an effort to prepare students for their study abroad experience and assist them in maximizing their time abroad. G.R.A.S.P. students will enroll in a 1-credit course for three separate semesters, beginning the semester before they study abroad. Upon successful completion of the program students will earn a Certificate of Global Citizenship from the Office of International Programs.

Who is eligible to enroll in G.R.A.S.P.?

The program is open to any student planning to study or intern abroad for a semester. Currently, students planning a semester abroad in the fall 2014 or later are eligible to enroll. Enrollment for this course will occur between January 13th and March 21st. Students must meet eligibility requirements for study abroad as determined by the Office of International Programs.

When does a student participate in the program?

The majority of students will spend a semester away during their junior year but in some cases second semester sophomores will study abroad. A student will enroll in the G.R.A.S.P. program during the second half of the semesterbefore their study abroad experience and will continue with the second part of the course during their semester overseas. The third part of the course will be held during the first half of the semester following the student's return to Stonehill. Successful completion of all three components is required to earn the Certificate.

What will G.R.A.S.P. do for me?

Participation in the G.R.A.S.P. program will facilitate enhanced cultural awareness of both self and other, provide for a truly immersive and transformative overseas experience, and assist students in applying new knowledge and skills gained abroad to the realization of future life goals. G.R.A.S.P. students will belong to a small, close-knit cohort of students with the shared goal of maximizing their international experience through self reflection, cultural immersion, and intercultural awareness.

How do I register?

G.R.A.S.P. is listed in the fall 2013 course catalog as APL 310 (1 credit). The course will begin in October and meet once a week for 7 weeks. Students interested in registering for APL 310 should contact Jennifer McKernan, Assistant Director of International Programs, to schedule a meeting. Students registered for APL 310 will be automatically enrolled in APL 311 (1 credit) during their semester abroad.

Where do I go for more information?

Click here for a brochure further detailing the program.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer McKernan, Assistant Director of International Programs at jmckernan@stonehill.eduor (508) 565-1581.