Develop a Faculty-Directed Program

UIC students visiting the Alexandra Hospital on the Disaster Preparedness and Global Health in the Caribbean program, led by Professor Gwyneth Milbrath.

In its mission to increase access to study abroad for all UIC students, the Study Abroad Office recognizes the critical role that faculty members play. Nationally, only about 10% of U.S. undergraduates study abroad (Institute of International Education). There are several reasons for this, including perceptions about affordability, ability to leave for an extended period of time, and concerns about traveling abroad independently. Faculty-directed study abroad programs have become an essential model for combating these obstacles. Almost 78% of U.S. students who study abroad do so on a short-term program of eight weeks or less, and many of these are faculty-directed (IIE, 2019). Given that UIC serves a student body that consists of diverse students who have traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, faculty-directed programs are an essential component of our education abroad strategy.

The Study Abroad Office is proud to work with faculty members on the development, promotion, and oversight of faculty-directed programs. Please explore the information and resources contained within this page to learn about developing a new program.