Internship and Living Abroad Program Details

The purpose of the MSC Jordan Institute for International Awareness Internship and Living Abroad Programs (ILAP) is to provide an opportunity for Texas A&M University students to actively participate in another culture by living and working in a foreign country.

Here you will find more specific details about the ILAP programs, financials, eligibility, application process, and the program’s history.

Program Description

The MSC L.T. Jordan Institute Internship and Living Abroad Programs (ILAP) will arrange the following as part of the program:

  • Cross-cultural orientation to customs, society, and government of the host country during the spring semester of each year, prior to participants’ departure.
  • Living accommodations with a host family who will provide two meals daily, five days a week, and three meals daily on weekends.
  • Five to six week non-paying internships related to academic studies or career goals as available.
  • Frequent contact with a Texas A&M University staff member or in-country coordinator while in the host country.
  • Group activities and sight-seeing during the first week upon arrival.
  • One or two mandatory weekend excursions with the other participants.
  • Air transportation to and from the host country.
  • Group ground transfers (to and from the airport) within host country.
  • After the end of this summer program, participants will be encouraged to present their cultural and professional experiences and perceptions to their classmates and other Texas A&M students during the fall semester at faculty-led lectures or on-campus seminars.

Whenever possible, ILAP dates allow participants to attend summer classes. The ILAPs in England, Spain, and China are concurrent with the 1st Texas A&M summer school session and begin in the middle of May, lasting until the end of June. ILAPs Singapore and Chile are concurrent with the 2nd Texas A&M summer school session beginning in early July, lasting until the end of August.

Students may choose to extend their experience to 10 weeks or longer in order to recieve study abroad or course credit; however, students must make all the arrangements for this independently of the Jordan Institute.

Funding, Costs, and Price

This program cost covers the round-trip airfare, non-paying internship, housing, some meals, and one or two group excursions. Students will be responsible for paying approximately:

  • $4,300 for China (Cultural Exchange)
  • $4,300 for Chile
  • $5,100 for England
  • $4,400 for Singapore
  • $4,400 for Spain

Incidental expenses not covered by the fee may include, but are not limited to:

  • All personal needs
  • Any required travel documents and/or preventative medical care needed prior to departure
  • Photographic equipment, film, and processing
  • Other food and snacks as desired
  • Personal shopping and gifts presented to the host families
  • Pleasure travel not scheduled in the group trip
  • Some in-country transportation

Students may apply for an interest-free loan from the MSC Overseas Loan Fund. Interviews for these loans are scheduled on a monthly basis. Ask the MSC Jordan Institute staff for information about scholarship sources.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in Texas A&M University College Station campuses as undergraduate or graduate students who will have at least one semester of additional enrollment at Texas A&M University after the trip. Students graduating prior to program’s departure are ineligible to participate.
  • Undergraduate students and professional school students must have a GPA of 2.25, while graduate students must have a GPA of 3.0.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents though there are times when we may have openings for International students. Please inquire. (It is our belief that an individual from another country is acquiring an international experience by studying in the USA).
  • Preference is given to students with little or no international travel or living abroad experience but with a demonstrated interest in international affairs.
  • Students applying for the MSC Jordan Internship and Living Abroad Programs shall satisfactorily have completed at least two semester courses of the language of the host country at the college level or two years at the high school level, or must demonstrate ability in the host country’s language in another manner. Basic conversational ability is required. (Not applicable to students applying for ILAPs in English speaking countries).
  • Valid passport is required of all students prior to departure.
  • Students must have demonstrated ability to function effectively in a cross-cultural environment and to uphold the image of Texas A&M University as a world-class university.
  • The MSC Jordan Institute reserves the right to deny acceptance to applicants who have been convicted of any felony or other crimes.
  • Upon selection as a participant, student must complete a contract and release form which includes all rules, regulations, and requirements.

Application and Selection Process

  1. Interested students may submit applications and recommendation forms.
  2. Applications will be screened by the ILAP Selection Committee to narrow the candidates for the interview process. Applicants will be interviewed by the following officials of the MSC Jordan Institute for International Awareness:
    • Jordan Institute staff director or designee
    • Jordan Institute student chairperson or designee
    • Jordan Institute graduate assistant
    • The director of the Internship and Living Abroad Program (student)
    • Other individuals as deemed appropriate by the student committee
  3. Applicants shall be notified of the interview outcome by e-mail, within five working days after the final interview.

ILAP History

This program has a history of changing students’ lives. In 1982 and 1983 the first groups of students from Texas A&M University participated in the Dominican Republic Living Abroad Program which was sponsored by the Memorial Student Center. Unfortunately, the program was set aside due to a lack of resources. After the establishment of the MSC L. T. Jordan Institute for International Awareness in 1986, the program was reactivated and once again began sending students to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 1990. The program was later expanded in 1991 to include an ILAP in Germany and in 1993 to include England.

After the summer of 1999, the ILAP in Germany ended because too few German-speaking students applied. Even with an occasional setback, the ILAP continually expands each year to include more countries:

  • 2001 – ILAP Asia is created to replace ILAP Germany.
  • 2002 – ILAP Asia changes its name to ILAP Singapore.
  • 2003 – ILAP Australia’s first summer.
  • 2004 – ILAP Spain’s first summer.
  • 2005 – ILAP China’s first summer. ILAP Australia suspended due to unforseen changes in employment laws by the Australian government.
  • 2006 – ILAP France becomes the first ILAP to include instruction in the host country’s language, but lasts one year. The same year we were able to adjust to Australia’s new employment laws, ILAP Australia is discontinued due to a lack of funding.

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