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The Cross-Cultural Experience requirement is part of the Common Experience section
of the King University Core. Students can fulfill this requirement in one of four
ways outlined below. Whichever way you choose to meet this requirement, the experience
should meet the criteria outlined in the description below taken from the King University
The cross-cultural experience confronts students' pre-suppositions and helps broaden
their awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures. It seeks to prepare them to
operate more thoughtfully in a world that is increasingly inter connected. As students
encounter other cultures, they may realize ways to interact creatively to meet needs
they see and will also realize that new situations transform them.
Students may fulfill the requirement by signing up for KING 3000 in the semester in
which they plan to complete community service for the cross cultural experience. Students
will meet with the Assistant Dean of Student Engagement to choose a service site and
complete 30 hours of service at an approved location during the semester in which
they have signed up for KING 3000. At the end of their experience, students will produce
a product such as a presentation or video that describes their experience.
Working at the Salvation Army, with Big Brothers-Big Sisters Program, supporting a
King University International Student, volunteering at Remote Area Medical expeditions,
or befriending a child whose parent is in prison are some of the ways King students
will be serving others close to campus.
For more information about this option contact Julie McReynolds at 423.652.6310 or email@example.com.
King students have a long tradition of participating in study abroad. Often study
abroad is planned to enhance students' fluency in a second language, but not always,
as trips to English speaking countries in Africa, the Pacific and trips to the U.K.
are common as well.
The College has relationships with various schools, programs, and universities, which
ensures that students receive transferable credit for their coursework in foreign
Visit Travel Opportunities for more information or contact Karen Shaw at 423.652.4798.
The University plans several mission trips each year. Short-term trips happen during
Spring Break both in the U.S. and abroad. Longer trips to Africa, India, and other
destinations are planned by the Chaplain's Office.
Others are planned by coaches and allow athletes to minister to children in other
countries through their sports. For more information about this option to fulfill
the cross cultural experience, contact the Chaplains Office at 423.652.4157.
You can choose to do something on your own that is not King-sponsored or King pre-approved.
The experience must occur between your acceptance to King and your graduation date
from King. You must follow this process for a petition:
Fill out a petition pre-approval form by going to your student portal and clicking on “Cross-Cultural Petition” under student
Get a petition for cross cultural experience from the Registrar's Office or print it here
The written description of your plan should describe what you are doing and why it should be considered as
a cross-cultural experience. A clear description will help you get your concept approved.
After your concept is approved and you complete the experience, write a 500-word essay describing your experience and how it helped you engage an unfamiliar culture in
a meaningful way.
Approval of the essay is the final step.
For more information about the petition, contact Dan Kreiss at 423.652.4153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.