EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAMS
Through off-campus sites, flexible scheduling, and non-traditional
approaches and technologies, the University brings higher education
opportunities to a variety of individuals for whom a traditional
college schedule is not an option. Relying on the strengths and
quality of Francis Marion University, innovative programs and
delivery methods are designed to bring the University to the community.
By scheduling programs at area high schools and by working with
South Carolina's technical colleges and area corporations, Francis
Marion brings programs to those who cannot attend classes on campus.
Internship programs provide introductions to career options in
professionally related work experiences in business, industry,
government, or service agencies. Internships are offered by individual
departments to allow students to gain practical work experience
in a particular field while working on a degree. This work experience
is usually unpaid and may offer academic credit if there is appropriate
faculty supervision. Students generally work between eight and
12 hours a week while also taking other classes. Rules of eligibility
and lists of companies offering internships can be obtained from
departmental offices. Some departments require internships as
part of the curriculum in certain disciplines.
Cooperative Education involves alternating periods of academic
study (coursework within the major) and periods of related work
with the participating Cooperative Education employer. Work periods
normally take place during the sophomore and junior years and
usually last one semester. To qualify for participation in the
program, students must have successfully completed 30 semester
hours of academic work and make formal application in the department
overseeing the experience.
The work assignment is considered an integral part of the student's
education. Each completed work period will appear on the student's
transcript, but no academic credit is awarded for this experience.
Normally the student will not be enrolled in any classes during
the semester of the work experience. During the Cooperative Education
program the student will be classified as full-time. Full-time
status provides a way to address insurance, taxes, loans, and
other concerns surrounding university status.
To enroll in the program, a student must obtain a form from the
Director of Career Development, obtain approval from his/her department
chair/dean, and return the completed form to the Director of Career
The University encourages students to maximize their learning
experience by studying abroad. FMU currently provides exchange
programs in cooperation with universities in Australia, England,
France, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, and Switzerland. Plans to
expand the exchange programs are under way. For more information
about the Exchange Programs, contact the International Studies
Coordinator at 843-661-1552.
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