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Program Leader Professional Development

Program leaders of study abroad programs have many responsibilities that go beyond the traditional scope of an instructor in a classroom. The UIC Study Abroad Office is committed to helping prepare program leaders to be successful in their roles. Throughout the academic year, we will host professional development workshops covering a wide range of topics related to effective study abroad program oversight. We hope to see you at a future event!

Required Program Leader Workshops

All program leaders are required to attend an orientation and an emergency preparedness and response seminar. The Program Leader Orientation will provide an overview of the program planning timeline, key policies and procedures, some health & safety information, and tips for recruitment.

The Emergency Preparedness and Response Seminar will help program leaders understand what to do in the event of an emergency on a study abroad program, cover recommendations for incident-specific responses, provide tips for limiting liability, and highlight other risk management considerations.

Program Leader Orientation

We are hosting the orientation on two different dates. Both sessions will be offered in-person (conditions permitting) and via zoom. Please choose the session that best works with your schedule.

  • Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 – Noon to 1:30 PM
    TBD on East Campus and Zoom
  • Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 – 9:00 to 10:30 AM
    TBD on East Campus and Zoom

RSVP Here for the Program Leader Orientation

Emergency Preparedness and Response Seminar

We are hosting two sessions of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Seminar; one in advance of spring break programs and another in advance of summer programs.

  • Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022 – Noon to 1:30 PM (program leaders of spring break programs should attend this session)
    TBD on East Campus and Zoom
  • Wednesday, April 13th, 2022 – Noon to 1:30 PM
    TBD on East Campus and Zoom

RSVP forthcoming

Optional Workshops

  • Tips for Marketing and Recruiting for Faculty-Directed Programs
    Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 – Noon to 1:30 PM
    RSVP Here
  • Study Abroad & Mental Health
    Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 – Noon to 1:30 PM
    RSVP Coming Soon