A. Programs where service learning/internship is or can be the main focus of the program – students may be required to take a companion course along with the experience to earn credits.
Tanzania (semester or summer) and Cambodia (semester or summer): Jointly run by University at Albany and Global Service Corps, this program provides service learning opportunities in the fields of HIV/AIDS prevention, food security and rural sustainable agriculture in Arusha and Maasailand, Tanzania. Academic courses are available during fall and spring semesters. (9 credits for the summer and 15 credits for the semester).
Tanzania Independent Study Opportunity — Global Service Corps (GSC): (minimum of 2 weeks, anytime during year) Service learning opportunities in the areas of sustainable agriculture or HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Credit arranged by independent study with the Office of International Education at Albany, no regular academic courses available. (0-12 credits)
Cambodia Independent Study Opportunity — Global Service Corps (GSC): (minimum of 2 weeks, anytime during year) service learning opportunities in the areas of public health, HIV/AIDS, teaching English and Buddhist immersion. Credit arranged by independent study with the Office of International Education at Albany, no regular academic courses available. (0-12 credits)
London, England — Foundations for International Education (FIE): (Semester or summer) FIE offers a wide variety of service learning and internship placements that are accompanied by a class as one of the “tracks” students may choose. Alternatively, students may choose directed research or additional coursework instead. (4-5 credits)
London, England — Regents University (Formerly AIU): (Semester or Summer) AIU offers a wide variety of optional internship opportunities that are accompanied by a class. Full and part-time internships are available or students can opt for coursework only. (3-6 credits)
South Africa and various African countries: (Summer only) A faculty member from the University at Albany’s Department of Social Welfare leads a summer ‘study tour’ program focusing on community building. The exact number of credits varies; graduate or undergraduate credit usually possible.
Russia, Academy of National Economy: (Summer only) This 8 or 11 week summer experience begins with an intensive Russian language program and then students are placed in internships in a variety of businesses or NGOs where knowledge of English and the United States is desired. No prior knowledge of Russian is required. (9-12 credits)
Korea, Yeungnam University: (Semester only) Yeungnam University’s TaLK (Teach and Learn Korea) Program is offered with funding from the Korean Government, allowing students to teach English in rural public schools in exchange for housing and a stipend. (Usually not for credit.)
B. Programs where service learning/internship is a smaller or optional part of an academic program
Denmark, Danish International Study (DIS): (Semester only) Various volunteer opportunities and the required companion course ‘Service Learning Seminar: Volunteer Reflection.’ (1 credit)
South Africa, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN): (Summer only) A variety of credit-bearing volunteer opportunities in addition to regular academic courses. (4 credits)
South Africa, University of Cape Town (UCT): (Semester only) Various noncredit volunteer opportunities in community work as an extra-curricular option. (0 credits)
Spain, Valencia (AIP Language Institute): (Usually semester only) Options to teach English to immigrant children. (0 - 3 credits)
Spain, Madrid (Instituto Internacional): (Semester only) Part-time internships in a wide variety of fields. Advanced level of Spanish proficiency required. (6 credits)
Mexico, Mexico Solidarity Network (MSN): (Semester or summer) A service learning component is integrated into the program in which students have the opportunity to teach English in the community. No separate credit awarded.
Mexico, ITESM: (Semester only) Various community service options available arranged by ITESM along with native Mexican students. (Credit varies)
Russia, Moscow State University: (Semester only) Albany program staff or the SUNY System Administration Office can arrange a variety of volunteer options in schools, orphanages, and other places. (Credit varies)
Dominican Republic, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM): (Semester only) Students may enroll in various community service options arranged by PUCMM along with native Dominican students. (0-3 credits)
Costa Rica, University of Costa Rica (UCR): (Semester only) Students may enroll in various community service options arranged by the UCR along with native Costa Rican students. (0-3 credits)
France, Institute for Mediterranean Languages (IML): (Semester and summer) Volunteer work with children with special needs, Pharmacists Without Borders, and many other organizations. IML Services also offers a companion course to help students understand French society. The course and volunteer work together usually earn 3 credits.
Germany, Technical University of Braunschweig: (Summer) Optional internship opportunity working in the research development department of a German company. Offered as part of a seven week summer program focusing on mechanical and electrical engineering, computer science, bioscience, and business. (1-2 credits).
Israel, Various: (Semester only) Students may enroll in various community service options arranged by the Israeli universities, along with native Israeli students. (0-3 credits)