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Leading a Study Abroad Program

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Program Development Timeline

Faculty members interested in leading a study abroad program must prepare and collaborate throughout the year with the Office of Study Abroad.


Faculty Handbook

For general information about faculty-led programs at ODU, program development ideas, health and safety on programs, and more!

Proposal Form

Faculty members interested in submitting a study abroad proposal should submit the following form to the Study Abroad office.

Faculty-led study abroad programs are for-credit courses that contain a short-term international component. The Office of Study Abroad is always looking for new faculty with innovative program ideas. These programs allow students to truly interact with the course topic, develop international experience, and provide faculty leaders with the opportunity to internationalize their curriculum, and potentially develop new course offerings or conduct research abroad. Typically, these programs are offered over Spring Break or during the summer, for varying lengths of time. There are multiple program models as well; for example, the overseas component could be imbedded in a larger course context, or the entire course could be taught abroad.

Faculty interested in developing faculty-led study abroad programs should consult the Office of Study Abroad, which provides adminstrative support for the participating faculty and students. Faculty with new program ideas should submit program proposals, with the appropriate academic approval, to the Office of Study Abroad. The deadline for program proposals is June 1 of the academic year prior to the program. Proposals are then evaluated by a committee to determine which programs the Office of Study Abroad can support the following academic year. Following approval, the Office of Study Abroad will work with the faculty to develop and maintain a program budget, secure airfare for the group, develop the program logistics, recruit students, advise students on study abroad and financial aid concerns, collect student applications and payments, register students, and collect evaluations. Faculty are charged with the academic components of the course, and with assisting the Office of Study Abroad in program development.


Please contact Beth Parker, Study Abroad Coordinator, with any questions about faculty-led programs.