Our new Online Global Perspectives Program allows students to enroll in online courses taught by select USAC faculty based around the world. Since online courses are not limited by geography, your professors are likely to be based in different countries, allowing for a unique multicultural perspective.
The Global Perspectives program is designed with flexibility in mind. With courses offered in a variety of academic fields, including language, business, cultural studies, international affairs, and health and wellness, among others, students are able design a diverse schedule of classes or choose to focus on a single academic theme. You may choose to take one course or six courses, mix and match between language and electives, or combine a virtual internship with online courses - it's entirely up to you. Learn more about eligibility requirements and what to expect in an online global classroom below.
We welcome applicants who:
- Are at least 16 years old at the time of application
- Have a college or university grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. High school students may apply with a minimum high school GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
- Meet the academic pre-requisites (if any) of their desired course
About Online Learning
Although online learning is incredibly convenient, you should be prepared to spend at least as much time engaged in study with an online class as you would in an in-person class. Most courses take place between the hours of 8-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. (Pacific Time Zone). Class sizes are small, which allows you to form a close connection to your professor and the other students in the course. A minimum of 5 students is required to run each course.
USAC's online Global Perspectives Program utilizes learning management systems that allow students to access course materials, assignments, and other course components at their convenience. Methods of instruction will vary by course and instructor and will include both synchronous and asynchronous elements. Synchronous elements include interactive discussion sessions, online chat sessions, and virtual office hours. Asynchronous elements include pre-recorded lectures, videos, PowerPoint presentations, handouts, quizzes, and more.
Online students need a computer with speakers, a microphone, and a camera as well as access to reliable internet service. Access to Microsoft Teams for Education and Office 365 will be provided for the duration of the semester.
2020-21 Application Cycle
2021-22 Application Cycle
Opens December 1st
Minimum age: 16 years old
Minimum GPA: 2.0 (3.2 for high school students)
3-18 US credits