Fellows attended different academic classes as a part of the Fellowship. They could take 12 credit as a part of ther study, as its a non-degree program. They have taken either 6 credits (Humphrey Seminar + 1 class) in the fall and 6 credits (again, seminar + 1 class) in the spring, or some Humphrey went to school full time in the fall and took only 3 credits (the Humphrey Seminar) in the spring. All of the universities participating in the Humphrey Fellowship program operate in different ways. Some may allow their fellows to take more credit hours, but because their school uses a different system (trimesters, other credit calculations), their classes are worth a different number of credits. There are also several schools where the Fellows aren't allowed to take classes for credit at all. It just works differently, depending on the university. Also, Fellow's could attend other classes as Audit.

Humphrey Seminar

The objectives of the Humphrey Seminar at the Cronkite School are to explore American and global news media systems and their linkages to other fields, develop personal leadership skills, and promote strategic thinking and activity via the power and wisdom of teams. To facilitate learning about American media and culture, the seminar provides a unique opportunity to work with students at Arizona State University called "attach├ęs". According to Judy Gibson, Director of the Humphrey Fellowship at the Institute of International Education, the intent of creating the seminar was to place "an emphasis on leadership and public service across different campuses." It was to be the consistent characteristic of every Humphrey Fellowship nationwide. "And that's just the way it's developed over the years."

Four directions of the Humphrey Seminar at AS

Other Classes

The fellows also had the opportunity to take other classes at Arizona State University to further their academic interests during the fellowship. Possibilities were various, choices were tough. One student could take only 6 credits, meaning two classes during a semester. They could audit more classes if professors agreed. But everyone understood after some time that they had more than enough assignments to do along with all the other activities.

Khandaa is editing audios and videos for her Online Media Class

At the Beginning: Pre-academic Course

Five of 10 Cronkite School Humphrey Fellows started their academic year with a six-week English language improvement and preacademic orientation at the University of Arizona. During this period they attended classed, visited nearby areas of interest, worked on group projects, connected with new people and adapted to the new environment. Connie Ubben coordinated the whole program with three other teachers and five peer counselors. The peer counselors helped the fellows settle in and took care of their immediate necessities.

Fellows from different campuses gathered in Tucson for Pre-academic training

And at the End: Graduation

It was a memorable day, one of a kind in a lifetime. And if it's true that "a picture is worth a thousand words", here is the video.

Our last photo together at the Cronkite Global Office