Thank you for your interest in developing a faculty-led study abroad course! Although developing a study abroad course requires some extra preparation on your part, it will also provide you and your students with extraordinarily rewarding experiences. We recommend that you begin the planning process 18 to 24 months ahead of time.
Course Development Process
Below, you will find the steps to help you develop a successful study abroad course. All new courses would follow the curriculum proposal process.
Step 1—Contact International Programs & Services
International Programs and Services (IPS) will work with faculty interested in leading a study abroad course. Faculty interested in developing a course or learning more about what options are available for faculty-led study abroad will learn about a range of options available (from working with established programs abroad to working with third-party providers) as well as about standards of good practice for study abroad.
Step 2—Talk to your chair or dean
Once you have spoken with IPS, you should plan to talk with the chair of your department or dean of your school to ensure your course will be approved or supported.
Step 3—Recruit students
In the fall semester before you are scheduled to lead your study abroad course, you will work with IPS to create a marketing plan and begin recruiting students.
Please feel free to contact the IPS with any questions you have regarding these steps.