I’m not sure what to write about. Any suggestions?
Some questions worth considering might be:
- What have I learned from completing the Certificate? What did I learn about myself? How have I changed?
- What is my biggest takeaway? What was the highlight of the Certificate for me? Why was that experience/learning so powerful?
- What most surprised me about _______________? (Fill in the blank with studying abroad, learning another language, exploring global issues and/or interacting with different cultures). In retrospect, why was that surprising?
- Has this program answered old questions? If so, how so? Has it raised new ones? If so, what are the burning questions that I’m left with?
Are there alternative formats for the capstone?
While most students choose to do a written reflection, we have accepted capstone projects in a variety of formats, from PowerPoint presentations to posters to poems. Students who submit a non-traditional capstone project must submit a 500-700 word explanation of their project.
If you are interested in submitting a non-traditional project, you must first seek the permission and advice of the CIL Academic Director.
How do I submit my capstone project?
Capstone projects must be attached to a capstone claim and submitted in the CIL Online Portal. Please ensure your capstone project is saved and attached as a .docx file. Learn how to create and submit a claim.
What happens after I’ve submitted it?
The CIL Academic Director will review the entire cohort of capstone projects at once and may ask you for revisions before deciding to approve or not approve the project.
Once your project is approved, upload the revised/final copy as a PDF to the CIL Online Portal and we will approve your capstone claim.
What should I expect at the capstone presentation session?
At the end of each term, graduating students present the highlights of their capstone project to one another at an informal gathering. If you submitted a capstone project, you will be invited to a capstone presentation session by email.
The structure of capstone presentation sessions can vary depending on the number of graduates. Please refer to your email invitation for specific details.
Typically, students are organized into small groups and give relatively short individual presentations (approx. 5 min each), which are followed by group discussion.
When are capstone presentation sessions?
Typically, capstone presentation sessions take place in October (for November grads) and April (for June grads). Students are invited to these sessions by email.