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Mirror Image Track

The School of International Studies has designed an alternative degree track which we call "mirror image,” where the Global Nomad student is treated exactly like an "international" student.

Like our non-U.S international students, mirror-image students concentrate on courses about, and experiences in, the United States. They also take such core course requirements as Contemporary World Issues, Perspectives on World History, and SIS Capstone. They are no longer "hidden immigrants" but are recognized as students who, although they hold an American passport, cannot be assumed to have similar backgrounds, knowledge, practical skills, or cultural orientations as other "American" students.

A mirror-image student's course of study might naturally emphasize different aspects than the traditional liberal-education curriculum of their American peers. For example, Global Nomad students arriving with high language performance levels can submit evidence of this achievement and either:

  1. opt out of further language training
  2. continue study in the same language if it is available at Pacific
  3. begin studying a new language as an integral part of their degree plan.

Because studying abroad is a graduation requirement for all but mirror-image students, many Global Nomads are able to use their hard-won language competencies and intercultural communication skills as part of their degree program, and go abroad again. However, if an American mirror-image student wishes to remain in the United States for their entire four years they may do so, considering that it might be the longest period many American GN's have resided in their passport country.