Service learning opportunities take students beyond the classroom and allow them to experience meaningful volunteer placements all while establishing relationships with locals and developing personal and professional growth. The Service learning experiences are designed for students interested in global development, critical social problems and non-profit organization work.
Students interested in service learning opportunities should know a few facts before getting started.
How does the placement process work?
Each school/company approaches service learning offerings in varying way. Here is the standard break down of the service learning process.
How does pricing work for service learning programs?
As long as students are participating in their service learning program through one of Illinois State’s sponsored programs, the pricing model will be nearly identical to a study abroad model. The How to Read a Budget page will explain the standard pricing model. Instead of being charged host university tuition, students will be charged a program fee. This program fee will include the administrative cost of the placement as well as additional inclusions, depending on company/school selected.
Can I earn credit for my service learning experience?
OISP cannot administer credit for service learning programs. Students interested in earning credit for their service learning experience should work with their Academic Advisor to seek approval either as an internships course (if your program requires this) or as major elective credit. The decision of whether or not to approve credit is dependent on the advisor.
Do I have to know a foreign language to do a service learning program?
You do not need to know a foreign language to complete a service learning experience. However, you will have more access to placement opportunities if you do have foreign language experience, as many placements are restricted to those who can work in the native language environment.
Affiliate Partners Offering Service Learning PlacementsAmerican Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)