Student Exchange Program

Minority Care International (MCI), in partnership with Texas A&M University-Commerce and the University of Mindanao (UM) choses its batch of exchange students to undertake the Student Exchange Program during the Fall semester of every school year. During this 4-month exposure, Cultural Exchange students will gain a broader outlook in life introduced to the broad nature of diversity and civil society of America. Standing as an instrument of hope, these students are committed to bring back the knowledge and attitudinal changes this program intends to instill will empower them to become catalysts for change in their community in Mindanao.

That MCI as the sponsoring organization will:

  • Select the student(s) to participate in the Cross-Cultural Studies Exchange and Internship Program and will coordinate with the exchange student(s), Host Institution, Home Institution and the MCI Field Supervisor.
  • Secure the Host Family(ies) and transportation for the exchange student(s) while in the U.S. and provide a Student Advisor to maximize the student's learning experience and transition in the U.S.
  • Work with the Host Institution's administration in facilitating the enrollment and the visa application of the exchange student(s).
  • Assign the MCI Field Supervisor as the overseer of the internship, a supervisor who will:
    1. Plan with the student to ensure that the work experience allows time for classes in Cross-Cultural Studies and Ethics and that the work schedule does not conflict with the exchange student's classes;
    2. Assist in integrating the theory and skills gained from the Cross-Cultural and Ethics classroom studies with the workplace experience;
    3. Mentor the student in his/her academics to ensure seamless experiential learning;
    4. Help the exchange student in his/her needs for the success of the exchange program.

That the Home Institution as the school where the exchange student is officially enrolled will:

  • Coordinate with MCI to ensure the success of the student exchange program;
  • Receive students from the U.S. to Davao, if MCI sets up a reverse exchange program for the U.S.;
  • Provide the necessary official letter related to the student(s) that the Host Institution requests;
  • Provide an official letter if the U.S. embassy requires documentation that the student studies at UM;
  • Document the exchange student's transcript of record the academic credits that he/she earned in the U.S.;
  • Assign one faculty member to answer student's questions related to UM while the exchange student is in U.S;
  • Identify, screen and recommend to MCI the exchange student for MCI's final screening and interview;
  • Brief the chosen exchange student candidate that as the recipient of the academic credit and benefits, he/she will:
  • Be responsible for meeting the Host Institution's criteria prior to the start of the study internship;
  • List goals and objectives for his/her study/internship, write a paper summarizing the work experience, and give a presentation to his/her class upon return to the Home Institution;
  • Participate in pre-departure meetings, reading and written assignments, in all activities and in all co-curricular assignments while enrolled in the Host Institution;
  • Meet with Faculty Advisor upon arrival in the host country to discuss the Cross-Cultural courses and attend any necessary orientation;
  • Confer with the Faculty Advisor and seek help in clarifying institutional policies, classroom protocol, and course content;
  • Conduct himself/herself in a professional manner and follow the standards of practice as outlined in the Host Institution's student handbook;
  • Complete the course assignments by following the course guidelines and schedule.

Texas A & M University That the Host Institution, as the school in U.S. that shall accept the student exchange, shall assign a Faculty Advisor who will act as the academic liaison and will:

  • Meet with the exchange student as needed to discuss the student's needs, the institution's requirements, and the grade reports for coursework taken based on the criteria and outcomes outlined in the course syllabus related to the exchange student's class performance;
  • Assist the Host Institution in evaluating the student's transcript prior to his/her acceptance into the courses to ensure success in the course.

MISCELLANEOUS

Objectives:

  • To broaden student's educational experience as a preparation for a global environment;
  • To integrate theories and skills learned in academic instruction into practical work experience;
  • To provide opportunities to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills by engaging in real life work situations;
  • To develop skills and understand the transition from academics to the workplace after graduation;
  • To learn to work well with faculty, other students, employers, clients and staff in a cross-cultural environment;
  • To provide the students with new structured, supervised and learning experiences.

Prerequisites for the candidate to Cross-Cultural Studies Exchange:

  • Be a Junior or Senior student in good academic standing at the Home Institution with a minimum of 2.7 GPA in the Home Institution;
  • Have completed the specific core or basic subjects at the Home Institution;
  • Be proficient in the English Language and demonstrate consistently high personal and professional character and work ethics;

Academic Classes and Credits:

  • While enrolled at the Host Institution, the exchange student shall take 3-6 credit hours of Cross-Cultural courses complementary to or in his or her major courses determined by the Faculty Advisor of the Host Institution and MCI after the review of the exchange student's transcript of records. This is to ensure credit from the Home Institution;
  • The exchange student shall be permitted to participate in orientation programs and shall have the same rights of access to academic and social facilities as other students in the Host Institution;
  • The exchange student shall also work in an internship to earn experiential learning.

Visa Support:

  • The Host Institution in cooperation with MCI will assist the exchange student in obtaining visas and other government documents required by the U.S. government necessary to enter the Host Institution;
  • The Host Institution's Office of International Student Services will provide the DS - 2019 form to apply for a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa and a letter for the visa application.

Exchange Student Responsibilities and Expenses

  • MCI will provide the travel expenses from the Philippines to the U.S. unless in the future, students who are not MCI scholars are accepted;
  • Exchange student will be exempted from paying tuition - the Host Institution shall waive tuition and fees for the exchange student;
  • Exchange student will be responsible for purchasing the Host Institution's required health coverage, and the Host Institution will provide assistance in finding the best option;
  • MCI will be responsible for having emergency contact information and will contact the exchange student's family, the host family, and/or the Home Institution in the event that the exchange student is involved in a serious accident or is involved in disciplinary action.
Good Practice Behavior for Student Interns

Attitude and Skills

  • Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing personal and professional development through formal and informal experiences.
  • Wear appropriate clinical attire, according to hospital guidelines.
  • Show accountability by being on time and committed to the practice.
  • Be flexible in accepting assignments.
  • Show interest and openness to learning.
  • Share information to help the preceptor understand your strengths, needs and goals.
  • Listen; communicate with preceptor, peers, and other health care team members.
  • Continue to ask questions until achieve full comprehension.
  • Show evidence-based practice for diverse populations.

Barriers to Optimum Outcomes:

  • Lack of self-confidence or presence of undue anxiety, insecurity, or fear
  • Poor study skills, learning difficulties, or lack of discipline
  • Poor motivation
  • Inadequate knowledge
  • Worries about home, finances, or health