Cross-Cultural Awareness Credit

Cross-Cultural Awareness Credit

Undergraduate students at Clemson University must satisfy a general education cross-cultural awareness (CCA) requirement. This requirement may be fulfilled by enrolling in IS 1010 while participating in an eligible international experience. In order for a program to be deemed eligible, it must be aligned with the policy below: 

Policy for Satisfying the General Education Cross-Cultural Awareness Requirement Through an International Experience

Approved by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee on October 5, 2018. UPDATED February 1, 2019

Students may fulfill the institution's Cross-Cultural Awareness (CCA) requirement in one of two ways:

  1. Successful completion of a specific Clemson University course from the list of approved CCA courses. The list of approved CCA courses may be found in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.
  2. Through a university approved cross-cultural experience.

An international experience will fulfill the CCA requirement if it satisfies either I. (a) or I. (b) below, and the student successfully completes IS 1010 as described in (II). IS 1010 is a one-credit, online course that is taught via Canvas. Enrolled students are responsible for any tuition and fees associated with this course.

Qualifying Experiences

  1. The international experience is an approved study abroad program, internship/work experience*, research assignment*, military service*, or service-learning program* of at least 3 months duration. Students participating in * program types should contact the Pam Hendrix Center for Education Abroad at to enroll in IS 1010.
  2. International experience of shorter duration (e.g., summer study abroad programs) which incorporates specific features (e.g., home-stay in the target language setting, a structured activity addressing intercultural issues, etc.) designed to intensify the cross-cultural experience. Shorter programs must be a minimum of four weeks in duration. To determine if an international experience may be used to fulfill the CCA requirement, please contact the Pam Hendrix Center for Education Abroad at

Enrolling in IS 1010

To fulfill the CCA requirement using one of the above international experiences, the student must enroll in and successfully complete the one-credit IS 1010 course.  With the exception of military service, it is strongly recommended that students enroll in IS 1010 concurrently with their study abroad program or other international experience.  

Students participating in an approved study abroad program can indicate their request to enroll in IS 1010 by answering “yes” within the Cross-cultural Awareness Requirement questionnaire in their online application prior to the start of the desired enrollment term. Assuming the program meets the requirements listed above and that the student has answered the associated application questionnaire indicating that they wish to enroll in IS 1010, the Pam Hendrix Center for Education Abroad will enroll the student in the course during the term that the student is abroad.

In exceptional circumstances, a student may petition to take the course after completion of the qualifying experience if the experience occurred no more than 18 months prior to the beginning of the course. All petitions and any appeal to the above guidelines must be submitted in writing to Enrollment of approved students will be facilitated by the Pam Hendrix Center for Education Abroad.