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Leading a group program
Thank you for your interest in leading a group program. It is through the efforts of individuals like you that our students have the opportunity to experience new cultures, new destinations, and new ways of thinking outside the normal classroom. These programs are especially valuable to students that are unable to or not comfortable with pursuing individual, semester-long programs. Without these opportunities, those individuals would be missing out on a vital piece of their education.
Benefits of leading a program
- Students emerge from a study abroad program with a new outlook on themselves and the rest of the world.
- Learning through all five senses creates a bigger impression than reading a description or seeing photos in a textbook.
- You get to witness the "Eureka!" moment when a student truly comprehends a subject through experiencing it firsthand.
- You get the opportunity to develop experiential learning exercises that engage the students in the host culture.
How to get started
1. Download the Faculty Manual (pdf format). This document will provide an overview of the policies and procedures involved in
proposing and leading a group program.
2. Discuss your ideas for a program with the Office of Study Abroad. They will be happy to answer your questions and provide
insights for writing the proposal.
Proposal Submission Deadlines
An adequate period of time must be allotted for planning, student recruitment, and other necessary program elements in order to execute a successful program. In order to provide you with the highest level of service, we must receive completed program proposals by the following deadlines:
|Fall Break (November)||November 1 of previous year|
|Winter Break (December/January)||November 1 of previous year|
|Spring Semester||November 1 of previous year|
|Spring Break||March 1 of previous year|
|Summer (May-August)||March 1 of previous year|
Failure to meet these deadlines may result in proposal denial. We will make every reasonable effort to consider late submissions but extenuating circumstances may prevent the approval of such proposals. For a more detailed overview of the program planning process, please contact our office.