Call for Proposals for 2023 Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs - Center for Global Engagement

Call for Proposals for 2023 Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

TU short term, faculty-led study abroad programs provide vibrant international experiences for students who cannot commit to study abroad for a semester or year. Faculty-led programs also serve as important venues to internationalize TU faculty, provide opportunities for faculty to conduct scholarly work, and may serve as a starting point for more long-term opportunities. The goal of the proposal process is to:

  1. Maintain long-standing faculty-led programs that have a history of success,
  2. Encourage faculty to participate in faculty-led programs,
  3. Provide an effective and efficient process,
  4. Provide support to faculty in developing a proposal,
  5. Encourage faculty new to study abroad to submit proposals, and
  6. Offer a variety of courses and locations.

Steps to Proposing a Faculty-Led Program

Review the proposal process.

Submit Phase 1
Initial Proposal Form to the CGE by April 30th.  All accepted proposals will receive a formal application in May.
Attend a Faculty-Led proposal workshop to learn more about the process and other tips.
Date of the Workshops is: TBD
Phase 2
Final Program Applications are due by July 1 to CGE. ILC will review applications. Notification of acceptance by August 1.
Attend required orientations for faculty participating in a faculty-led program.

Faculty and their departments should discuss questions related to teaching loads prior to submitting the program proposal.

The proposal process for faculty-led programs consists of two phases. Phase 1 is a pre-proposal process that includes securing approval for your Dean and Department Chair, approval from the Curriculum Committee, providing a general description of your program, specifying the location(s) and duration, and a general description of the proposed types of activities and assignments. The Phase 2 process will include the Phase I information plus clarifying academic goals/course content, including how sites are utilized to enhance the learning experience, and a syllabus, itinerary, and preliminary budget.

Both Phase 1 and Phase 2 proposals will be evaluated by the Center for Global Engagement and the International Leadership Council. Faculty whose proposals were accepted during Phase 1 are invited to complete Phase II by submitting a syllabus, budget, and recruitment strategies. Being invited to submit to Phase II does not guarantee that your proposal will be accepted for 2023. All courses are required to have a local host, partner, or program provider.


  • Best Practices for Successful Proposals

    Certain trends have emerged over the past years related to faculty-led programs. These trends have shaped the proposal process and have led to specific requirements for faculty-led programs. The trends are:


    • The Fall & Spring Break/Extension faculty-led model for study abroad has accelerated in growth due to the affordable model and minimal intrusion on summer months leaving time for internships and work.
    • While traditional summer faculty-led programs can be offered, the costs associated with such programs make offering them very challenging. All faculty are encouraged to consider the semester break and extension models.
    • Successful courses begin the planning process at least 12-18 months in advance.
    • Department/programs with a limited number of majors will want to tailor their program to non-majors and/or consider collaborating with other units to build an interdisciplinary program. Block courses have the highest enrollments.
    • When a faculty member is on sabbatical in the semester leading up to the course, recruitment is often unsuccessful.
    • Offering a program every other year does not hinder momentum.
  • Required Criteria for Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

    All Faculty-led programs must meet each of the following criteria:

    • Course(s) offered must meet at least one TU Core Curriculum requirement and/or fulfill major or minor requirement(s).
    • New courses offered must be approved by the Curriculum Committee and the college Dean no later than October 1, 2022.
    • The length of study abroad programs must be
      • Summer:  a minimum of 3 weeks in length. One week online and/or on-campus instruction prior to or following travel can fulfill the 3-week requirement
      • Spring or Fall break: a minimum of 7 days in total duration
      • Spring or Fall Extension: A minimum of 8 days in-country
    • Faculty must be full-time at TU.
    • Have a minimum enrollment to meet all of the course expenditures.
    • All students enrolled in the course must complete the travel component.
    • The faculty members(s) teaching the faculty-led program must be teaching on the TU campus for the academic year prior to the term abroad.
    • Typically, a maximum of one faculty-led program per department/program will be offered. Faculty may need to coordinate a rotation with their department for offering more than one program so that the programs do not compete against each other. Exceptions will be made by the Director of the CGE in consultation with the college Deans.
    • Faculty-led programs must utilize the site to enhance the learning experience, be reasonable in terms of cost to students, and balance academics with cultural
    • Faculty must participate in the TU Faculty-led courses training including crisis management training and will be subject to TU’s Risk Management policies and procedures.


    Strongly Encouraged Criteria

    • Faculty are strongly encouraged to integrate some aspect of one or more of the World Perspectives as defined and approved by the International Leadership Council.
    • The semester break and extension model for faculty-led study abroad have become a highly subscribed model. This model provides integration from lessons learned from the spring course into a short-term immersion into the topic study in a global context.  The cost of this model is affordable as no additional tuition is charged.
  • CGE Support to Faculty-Led Programs

    Once approved, Faculty participating in 2023 faculty-led programs will be provided the following support from the Center for Global Engagement:

    1. Provision of resources available for selecting a program provider.
    2. Recruitment strategies for faculty use in promoting their program.
    3. Study abroad fairs to provide information on course offerings.
    4. On-line travel registration and logistical support to students.
    5. Regular listing of students who have expressed interest in your program.
    6. Pre-departure orientation and collection of required documents from students.
    7. Periodic updates on policies, changes, and other pertinent information.
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