Develop and Propose a Study Abroad Course

Learn about proposing a new course, securing funding, and more.


  • course development

    Submit a course proposal for review.

    All faculty wanting to offer a course abroad or that travels within the U.S. will submit a course proposal to be reviewed and approved by the Global Studies Advisory Committee. The committee will review the connection between course learning goals and on-site activities, logistics, viability of travel and geographic areas and other issues related to teaching a course abroad. They may make recommendations or request revisions. If there are more acceptable proposals than can be administered, the committee will select a group that represents a broad geographic and discipline distribution.

    The intent of the course proposal is to elicit what you want students to learn from your course, how they will learn it, and how the location and on-site activities will enhance the learning. Be as explicit as possible about course goals, teaching methodology, requirements, and assessment. It is understood that the integrated syllabus (an academic syllabus plus itinerary) may need to be revised as logistical arrangements and course content are determined.

    A course proposal must be submitted each time a course is to be offered, following the timelines below.

    Instructors who intend for courses to satisfy a department, CORE, or general education requirement should first consult with the appropriate department/committee chair before submitting a proposal to the advisory committee. Faculty who wish to propose a course that will fulfill the GSJ requirement must also submit the proposal to the GSJ CORE committee and the course topic must be within an existing pod.

    See timelines below for submission deadlines.


  • funding

    Apply for a course development grant.

    Faculty wishing to develop and teach a short-term course abroad can apply for these funding sources.

    UMAIE Faculty Travel Grants
    Provides funds to develop a UMAIE January term course. Awarded by the UMAIE Board of Directors. The deadline is the third week in March each year. Contact us for specific deadline and other information.

    Sister Antonine O'Brien Foreign Study Award
    To promote faculty travel abroad associated with the development and teaching of overseas Global Search for Justice courses. The deadline is February 1 each year. One award of $5,000 is available each year.

    Study Abroad Course Awards
    To promote planning and travel abroad associated with developing and teaching a study abroad or off-campus course. At least three awards will be funded each year. Grants between $3,000 and $5,000 will be awarded. The deadline is February 1 each year.


  • Policies

    View the faculty handbook.

    The efforts of the faculty leader are the single largest determining factor in the success or failure of a study abroad program. Being a faculty leader requires a tremendous commitment of time and effort. A successful faculty leader must enjoy working with students and possess strong administrative skills. S/he must be comfortable in providing basic student counseling and in taking disciplinary action, if necessary. In addition, the faculty leader should be familiar with the host country and its culture, and have a basic understanding of the native language.

    The faculty leader has significantly more authority and responsibility than s/he would at the home campus.

    During this whole process, we are available to answer questions and assist you as you prepare for the program, facilitate the program, and evaluate after the program.

    More details about proposing a faculty-led program are available in the Global Studies faculty handbook.