Service Learning Abroad For Students

University of Delaware Programs

In general, students interested in service-learning opportunities away from the UD campus, either in the US or abroad, will pursue them through academic programs sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies (IGS). Students on IGS-sponsored service-learning abroad programs are eligible for Study Abroad scholarships and financial aid.

During Winter Session 2015, programs in Barbados, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Vietnam/Laos, and Washington DC contain service projects.  Additional information on University of Delaware Study Abroad programs can be found on the IGS website.

Individual Projects

Occasionally, a student may wish to receive UD academic credit for service-learning while traveling alone (not as a member of a UD group). New this winter session, the Office of Service Learning will pilot a 3-credit course (UNIV 362-002 Experiential Learning: Beyond Volunteerism) for students who have arranged a significant volunteer experience during winter session and wish to use this as a basis for earning their DLE requirement. Permission of the instructor (Susan Serra) is required. To arrange an interview contact Susan Serra, Assistant Director, Office of Service Learning ( Interviews must be completed by November 21, 2014. In addition, the University of Delaware has partnered with the volunteer organization Cross Cultural Solutions, one of the largest short-term international volunteer organizations in the world, and a recognized leader in the field. Their mission is to operate volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding.

Students may also explore whether their service project can form the basis of an independent study within their major. In that case, in addition to deciding on a program with Cross Cultural Solutions students work closely with a UD faculty member to create a course of study. It is expected that students will take at least one course on campus in preparation for travel, keep a reflective journal while at the service site, and integrate their reading with their actual experience through a paper on return.  

The University of Delaware has contracted with International SOS to provide emergency travel assistance and evacuation services to all University students and employees traveling outside the US on University-related business. All students traveling outside the US on University-related business are required to register with the Institute for Global Studies, purchase health insurance, and register with International SOS.