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Developing a Faculty-Led Program

Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE) and the college study abroad offces are available to assist faculty and staff in developing a faculty-led education abroad program.

The information below is specific to programs that will be sponsored by IAGE. For college-specific guidance, please contact your college's study abroad office.

Initial Considerations for Program Leaders

IAGE has complied a list of recommended first steps you should take when planning a Faculty-Led Program. The document below also contains a list of important dates and a timeline to help facilitate a smooth planning process.

How to Propose a Program

Proposals for faculty-led programs must be submitted 8-12 months in advance. Selection criteria includes:

  • Uniqueness of proposed program (destination, discipline, content, etc.)
  • Projected ability to attract students
  • Accessibility to students (cost, interdisciplinary, eligibility, etc.)
  • Likelihood of program being offered repeatedly
  • Field site engagement model, facilitating on-site learning, and interaction with the local community
  • Integration of intercultural learning with academic content
  • Alignment of proposed program with the global priorities of departments, colleges, and the university

By completing the information requested in the link below, you are submitting a proposal for a faculty-led program whose development and administration is fully assisted by staff in IAGE. You propose the study content, syllabus, and program itinerary and IAGE will work with you on overall development and administration of the program. These courses are, in effect, co-sponsored by IAGE and the academic department and/or college issuing credit. IAGE will accept proposals from faculty who are willing to partner with Customized Education Programs Abroad (CEPA) or Academic Experiences Abroad (AEA).

Once you have submitted the information requested, the proposal will be sent to the administering department chair and college dean to review and approve. A designated committee in IAGE will meet to review various factors of the program and a decision will be reached on whether or not your program will move to the next stage of recruitment and development.

Start a proposal