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GO Your Way Frequently Asked Questions

What is a GO Your Way Program?
 
A GO Your Way Program is an immersion experience in a cultural setting different from one’s own for a minimum of 2 weeks. Beyond the basics, the requirement is extremely flexible.
 
GO Your Way programs typically can be divided into three categories.  
 
When can I do a GO Your Way?
Students who want to participate in a GO Your Way Program will travel during winter or summer break. It is important to keep in mind that you will need to complete a required GO pre-departure class the semester prior to your travel experience. The class is a full second 7 weeks class so all approvals must be complete before that date. You are also required to complete the Global Citizenship reflection course after you return from your travels before graduation.  These required courses cannot be waived, nor taken retroactively.
 
When is my proposal due?
Your GO Your Way online application proposal will be reviewed on a rolling basis. After the proposal submission deadline closes, you can expect to receive a decision about your proposal within two weeks. You may be asked to make modifications to your original proposal and asked to complete and submit additional paperwork.

Applications for summer programs are open from October 15-February 15. Applications for winter programs are open from March 15-September 15. Please allow at least two weeks for your proposal to be reviewed by the GO Program.

What is a cross-cultural experience?
The purpose of this requirement is for you to spend time immersed in a culture that is different from your own. For the purposes of this requirement, this generally means a culture whose values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors have been passed down from generation to generation.  The most obvious example would involve travel to another country.  But it is also possible to experience a significant cross-cultural immersion within your own country.   It is up to you to demonstrate that what you propose will immerse you in a new and different cultural setting.  Still unsure? Check out What’s Up With Culture? They say:
 
Culture has been defined in literally hundreds of ways for different reasons. For study away purposes, culture can be most broadly defined as the shared sets of values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors which are widely held by members of the host culture. A sojourner will not only need to be aware of these cultural patterns but will have to respond to them appropriately.
 
So when you propose your own GO experience, you’ll want to show us that you will be entering a cultural setting where you could learn to identify a “shared set of values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors which are widely held by members of the host culture.”  Just traveling to some other part of the country or the world is not enough.  You have to be immersed in another culture. It is also important to recognize that immersion is a 24/7 experience.  Proposals where students live at home and participate in an internship, job, or service project in the day only to return home in the evenings will not be approved.
 
Other requirements:
The experience does not have to be for credit and it does not have to be a formal pre-designed program.  Students must provide evidence in their proposal that they have planned a significant cross-cultural experience that will help them to meet the learning goals adopted by the Susquehanna faculty for this requirement.   Some possibilities include:
  • An independent research project, whether for credit or not
  • A service project or volunteer work where you work alongside people from different cultures – on your own or with another organization
  • International internships
  • A creative project
When developing a GO Your Way program proposal, it is important to recognize that the emphasis should be on a single culture where an identified grouping of people have shared and passed down traditions from generation to generation.  Beware when developing your proposal that geography, location, and distance are often mistaken with culture and will not satisfy the requirement if made the focus, e.g. I will go camping in the woods to learn about living off the grid or I will do a Sound of Music tour traveling to 9 countries in 18 days to learn about the Swiss. Another thing to consider is that you can learn a great deal about a culture in an unexpected location, e.g. I lived with a Cuban immigrant family and volunteered in a Cuban neighborhood in Miami to learn about Cuban-American culture. 
 
Proposed programs focusing on: group tours, animals (working at zoos or shelters), organizational culture (corporate culture, sports camps, army/ROTC training, etc.), population differences (going to the city when you are from the country), landscapes (from mountains to the beach), disabilities (wearing a blindfold to experience blindness) will not satisfy the requirement.