Resources for Faculty Directors

Before you Propose – Proposing and directing a study abroad program requires a large amount of effort on the part of the Faculty Director. In order to mitigate issues with student recruitment, please review these points before you propose.

Guidelines for Success – The program descriptions provided are based on The Forum on Education Abroad’s Standard’s of Good Practice for Education Abroad, the field’s definitive source for quality education abroad practices.

Ideal Timeline – This timeline will give you an idea of what to expect, from the moment you begin to think about directing a program through your departure.

Faculty-Led Program Proposal - Faculty members interested in submitting a proposal for a Summer 2018 study abroad program must submit the proposal and all required information to the Office of Study Abroad no later than September 15, 2017. In order to adequately market the program and recruit students we cannot accommodate incomplete proposals or proposals submitted after the deadline. College of Arts and Sciences proposals must be submitted to Nicole Rader in the Dean's Office one week prior to the OSA deadline.

Faculty-Led Budget - Developing a budget for a study abroad program is hard work, but the rewards are definitely worth it. Our budget is designed to provide transparency for the program and what is included in the cost to participate. The complete budget form will be submitted with your Program Proposal. Your college may have its own proposal deadline prior to OSA’s. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

International Institute Advisory Committee (IIAC) Study Abroad Subcommittee - All new proposals and any proposals for programs that have not made in the past will be reviewed by a member of the IIAC Study Abroad Subcommittee. This subcommittee can also be used as a resource for faculty members proposing a program for help, advice, or guidance. Current subcommittee members are:

  • Charles Freeman - Co-Chair
  • David Hoffman - Co-Chair
  • Renee Clary
  • Brian Davisson
  • Brian Davisson
  • Skip Jack
  • Margaret Khaitsa
  • Galyna Melnychuk
  • Ian Munn
  • Peter Ryan
  • Susan Seal
  • Scott Willard
  • Travis Wiseman

Recommended Providers for Custom Programming – In order to mitigate the risk involved with taking students abroad, we strongly suggest faculty directors use an academic provider company to handle the logistics of their program. The five companies below are affiliated with MSU and provide assistance with arranging transportation, airport pickup, housing, cultural excursions, emergency protocol, access to local university facilities and faculty, technology, visa acquisition, translation, internship and service learning opportunities, and more. These options offer you as much or little control as you would like. Please check their websites to see if they offer services in your preferred destination.

  • ISA – ISA can support programs of any duration in a large number of destinations using personalized program models.
  • CEA – CEA offers access to their study centers in significant cities across Europe, South America, and Asia, with options for internships, service learning, and volunteering.
  • AIFS – American Institute for Foreign Studies offers partnership programs for 4-week programs and up, including a full range of social and cultural activities.
  • API – Academic Programs International offers programming where you instruct, host country faculty instructs, or a combination. They also offer options for traveling programs.
  • SIT – School for International Training has a heavy focus on experiential education in Critical Global Issues, focusing in non-traditional study abroad locations like Jordan, Madagascar, Ghana, Serbia, Nicaragua, Panama, Bali, and Vietnam to name a few.

UCCC – To create a new course not already featured in the MSU course catalog, you will have to submit your course for UCCC approval. Recurring programs preferably should submit a permanent course, while first time courses can submit Special Topics courses.

Procurement and Contracts – All contracts requiring signatures must be sent to the Office of Procurement and Contracts for approval. It is best to submit these as early as possible, as we cannot advertise your program’s price until the contract has been signed.