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 Faculty-led Program Proposal Procedures

Leadership of faculty is fundamental to internationalization of the curriculum and the educational preparation of students for a changing world.  Faculty are encouraged to consider introducing a course or course component abroad that will engage student curiosity in a new way and provide one means for students to fulfill the University Studies requirements.  (See full Faculty-led Study Abroad Proposal Process under Resources)  NOTE: Design of any faculty-led credit-bearing study abroad course may concurrently fulfill students' US cluster 5b requirements.  For details, see: Faculty-led and US 5b

UMass Dartmouth strives to provide a safe and stimulating environment for all students.  To that end, all proposed courses abroad will be reviewed by the International Programs Office and members of the International Advisory Council prior to final recommendation to the Provost.  The Faculty leader and Department Chair will be asked to present the proposal and answer questions of the committee.  Early in the planning stage, you should check to see if the destination country is listed on the US State Department Travel Warning/Alert list and take into account the federal guidance  attached.  Note that activities in these countries require additional scrutiny from university administration and extra planning time should be allowed.

1) A Faculty-led Study Abroad Proposal Development Request is submitted to the Dept. chair and Dean prior to approaching the International Programs Office.  Signatures indicate an intention of the Department to offier and promote the program, an expectation of interest among majors in the academic department.

2) Target date for initiating a program request is 12 months prior to operation.  Full proposal development will be required prior to final review and approval.

3) Call for Proposals (open until the following dates of the year preceding the program dates):

  • Fall - February 5
  • Winter/Spring - April 1
  • Summer - September 10

Repeat study abroad program proposals for Winter break or Spring semester can be accepted until July 1, and Summer/Fall semester proposals until November 1. Programs that have received Provost approval prior to the start of the semester are invited to participate in IPO's study abroad information fair each semester.

4) Faculty leaders acknowledge responsibility for logistical coordination, financial arrangements, student advising and support, recruitment as well as course development and instruction.  UMass Dartmouth supports employing a professional study abroad provder organization to coordinate these functions, provide a backup support network and enable the faculy leader to focus on robust content delivery.

5) All proposals will be reviewed with reference to expectations of UMD's membership in NEASC and Forum on Education Abroad.

6) The faculty leader and Dept. Chair will present the proposal and answer questions.

7) Review and approval of faculty-led programs is on an annual basis.  Final Study Abroad Proposal Final Approval will require signatures of the IPO Director, Dept. Chair, Dean and Provost.