Faculty-Led Study Abroad Course Development Grant

The School of Education is dedicated to increasing short-term, faculty-led study abroad courses. Faculty-led study abroad programs offer a unique curricular opportunity for students to travel with faculty to another country or sovereign tribal nation and take SoE courses towards their major.

The benefits of study-abroad programs for students are numerous. Study abroad has been:

  • identified as a high impact practice for undergraduate students as per the National Survey of Student Engagement,
  • linked to the development of key skills that are of interest to employers and graduate/professional schools (e.g. adaptability, curiosity, critical thinking, leadership, and time management),
  • associated with gains in language learning and cross-cultural communication.

Importantly, study abroad programs offer opportunities for students to build friendships and networks with individuals from around the world. These courses also provide students with a chance to experience different styles of teaching and perspectives in their field of study.

Summary of Key Grant Requirements

  • SoE study abroad course development grants are for up to $4,000 for site-visit costs plus $4,000 (including fringe) in summer salary for instructors with 9-month appointments. Grants are limited to a maximum of two instructors per course. 
  • SoE requires that each course will have at least two instructors who can teach it (in case one instructor becomes unavailable). At least one instructor must be an SoE faculty member, and both instructors must have their primary home in SoE (so all credits from study abroad courses will accrue to SoE).
  • To be financially feasible, SoE study abroad courses typically need a minimum undergraduate enrollment of 15 students. Depending on enrollment, SoE assumes that each iteration of a study abroad course will be taught by just one instructor. 
  • For now, these grants prioritize the development of study abroad courses for undergraduates (and/or courses that include both undergraduate and graduate students). NB: graduate students are not eligible for SoE financial support for study abroad courses, and study abroad costs are not included within graduate-student stipends.
  • For the purpose of these grants, “study abroad” means study either (a) outside the United States or (b) within the sovereign territory of a First Nation in the United States. (Other forms of domestic “study away” courses are not eligible for these grants.) All approved courses must demonstrate a high degree of sensitivity to cultural differences in the host setting.
  • As a general rule of thumb, study abroad courses offer 1 credit hour per week abroad, which means that a 3-credit summer course would spend 3 weeks abroad (each credit must equal 15 hours of direct instructional contact, so 3 credits = 45 contact hours, or 15 hours/week). 
  • To be eligible for a grant, a study abroad course must be substantially new. It cannot be a regular course that is simply taught abroad. If a proposed course has been taught on campus in the past, then its study abroad version must be reframed significantly to take full advantage of the instructional opportunities (ideas, topics, pedagogies, etc.) afforded by a deliberately selected host setting.
  • For instructors who receive study abroad course development grants, SoE expects that such courses will be offered at least five times over approximately seven years.
  • At least one award recipient from each course selected is expected to participate in 3, 1-hour community of practice meetings during the Summer of 2022.
  • If you receive an SoE study abroad course development grant, you must submit your course for approval from (a) your department and (b) the IAP Faculty Advisory Committee during the following semester. For example, if you receive a course development grant for Summer 2024, then your course should be submitted for all requisite approvals in Fall 2023.