Faculty-Led Program Planning

Faculty are key to the sustainable success of study abroad. Perhaps more than any other constituency on campus, they have tremendous influence on students’ learning and development of worldview. In addition to their interaction with students in the classroom where we encourage them to promote study abroad as an integrated part of the undergraduate curriculum, faculty also have the opportunity to work with SAO and plan, create, and teach on a study abroad program.

Faculty-led Program Development / Departmental Programs

Faculty are encouraged to meet with the Study Abroad Office to discuss their ideas for faculty-led programming and/or department supported third party programs. SAO can advise on all non-curricular parts of programs and lay out a timetable and process for contracting with a partner abroad as applicable, outreach and recruitment of students, administrative protocols, etc. Contact the Associate Director of Study Abroad, Irina Krymova, with any questions, or call (312) 413-7662.

Support for the academic contents of a program are through a formal process which begins when a faculty member submits a proposal for a new program to their department chair and the college for approval (Proposal Template). Parts of the proposal are specific to the needs of SAO. See the Faculty-led Program Handbook for specifics about the planning, outreach, and delivery of a program.

Once the department and college have signed off, the proposal comes to SAO. To accommodate the time line to complete Illinois state procurement requirements with the appropriate international partner, the deadline for submission of proposals for summer 2016 is April 30th, 2015.