Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General Questions

What supplies and equipment do I need to participate in the GLA?

GLA does not require that you have any particular, uncommon supplies.

However, you will need the following equipment:

  • Desktop or laptop computer for use during synchronous, face-to-face online, sessions
  • Access to a stable internet connection for the duration of the synchronous, face-to-face online, sessions
Are there ways for me to keep learning and engaged with the community after completing the GLA?

Yes! Alumni activities will be ongoing and will be announced in Fall 2020.

What is this partnership with Western Washington University? Who are they?

Western Washington University (WWU) is located in Bellingham, a city of about 90,000 people, overlooking Bellingham Bay and many of the San Juan Islands. The university is 90 miles (140 km) north of Seattle, 55 miles (89 km) south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and an hour’s drive from 10,778-foot (3,285 m) Mount Baker. It is a leading public institution in the United States with about 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The WWU Huxley College of the Environment, founded in 1969, was the first College dedicated to the study of environmental science and policy in the nation and is world renown for it’s work on climate and ecology.

iLEAP’s partnership with WWU spans both our distance programs (GLA) and in-person programs (Global Leadership Abroad). WWU has designed a special English Course for GLA students called English for Transformational Leadership through their Intensive English Program (IEP).

Course of Study

Will I have homework?

Our courses are designed so that learning happens both online and offline–this means that there will be some exercises that are completed away from normal class time. So, yes, there will be some “homework”!

Are there any differences in the content between the "English-only" and “English-Hybrid” course?

No, the content is the same.

What if I miss a synchronous session? Will there be a follow-up?

Most all sessions are recorded on Zoom and will be available to all participants.

Financial Aid

Are there scholarships or financial aid available for participants?

Thanks to generous donors, we are able to extend need-based scholarships on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please click HERE to apply.

Language Requirements

What level of English do I need to have in order to participate in the program?

GLA courses are designed so that a lack English language skills are not a barrier to participation. We offer courses in English-only and English-hybrid and participants can choose to be placed in either. We can assess “language-readiness” after the application process is complete.

What is an “English-Hybrid” course?

English-hybrid means that instruction and activities will be blended between English and the other featured language (Japanese, Spanish, etc). In English-hybrid courses, participants can expect that about communications in the other featured language will be about 60% to 40% in English.

Does the GLA offer English language support? If so, how can I get support?

iLEAP is happy to offer English language support through our partnership with Western Washington University. Details on specially designed ESL courses for GLA participants will be available soon and posted on this website.

Technology

I don’t have access to a stable internet connection. Can I still join the program?

For all synchronous (face-to-face, online) parts of the program, participants need a stable internet connection. For this reason, unfortunately, participants are not advised to join the program unless they have this in place.

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