These programs are a critical component towards achieving an array of education abroad opportunities that encompass experiential, innovative, and career-focused learning for the UW-Stout community. Customized educational opportunities allow for rigorous, program specific academic offerings to be conducted in a supportive off-campus environment for students. It is our expectation that a strong set of faculty-led program offerings will allow for a larger variety of student to take part in a global education experience that will advance their intercultural competencies and technical skills.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEADING A PROGRAM?
The Office of International Education (OIE) has established a proposal process and compiled both resources and guidelines for those who are interested in initiating a faculty-led program. These have been prepared with consideration of UW-System and UW-Stout policies, the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad and Standards of Good Practice for Short Term Education Abroad created by the FORUM on Education Abroad.
The purpose of the proposal and guidelines are to help faculty develop high-quality education abroad programs. It is imperative that academic programs offered off-campus maintain the standards established by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). OIE expects that individuals who initiate leading a faculty-led program will review, understand and adhere to these policies and procedures.
LET’S GET STARTED!
First, familiarize yourself with the typical cycle of faculty-led programs and what is involved at each stage. Remember we have resources to help you every step of the way!
Marketing & Recruitment
Return & Review
It is best to start the process with informal conversations including stakeholders such as your Department Chair, College Dean and the Office of International Education to share your idea. This will give you the opportunity to receive feedback while solidifying a strong and sustainable program foundation. You can also refer to our Program Planning Tips and Guidelines or meet with an Education Abroad Coordinator to frame your concept. Then complete the following items to submit your proposal.
Proposals are due prior to the academic year of the program offering.
Summer and Fall Programs = August 1 (we will accept proposals earlier!)
Win-term and Spring Programs = May 30
- Attractive Program Overview
- This will be used for marketing your program and should be written to your prospective student audience. We suggest 1-3 paragraphs.
- Proposed Syllabus. Please note the following:
- If this program is intended to count towards GLP credits, please review the information found on the RES/GLP website. If the course is not already approved as a GLP course, please provide the GLP rationale and explicitly link the course modules/outline to the GLP categories and subsections, in your syllabus. This will be reviewed for approval by the Associate Vice Chancellor, as part of the faculty-led program proposal.
- Independent Study credits is not the ideal use for a faculty-led program. If you intend to offer Independent Study credits, please discuss this first with an Education Abroad Coordinator.
- Tentative Itinerary. This is required for our risk & safety plan and it will be submitted to Campus Police before your program departure and be used in case of an emergency. We would like to see a draft of your itinerary outlining the program by indicating the following items; daily location, mode of transportation when applicable, selected accommodation, likely cultural excursions, likely industry visits, etc. Please fill out as much information on the itinerary as you can. To be determined (TBD) can be used for details that are not yet finalized.
- Color copy of your passport
- JPEG photos to be used for the promotion of your program.
- Attractive Program Overview
- Route the above documents with this Faculty-led Program Approval Form to your Department Chair, College Dean and Director of International Education for final approval.
Short-Term study abroad programs organized through OIE are all self-supporting, meaning they are 100% covered by student program fees. Therefore, all expenses for the trip must be accounted for in the program budget, in order to receive reimbursement. The program cost should allow for an affordable, high-quality program. That said, experience has shown that listing the program fee at its highest budgetary estimate is most honest and best for retention of program participants. We will use this Budget Template to manage all program related costs.
It is helpful to understand the Student Process to be aware of the steps they complete to be part of your program. If you need to customize any of the requirements or eligibility requirements due to the nature of your program please speak with OIE to explore the possibilities.
Marketing and Recruitment
The Office of International Education will provide you with marketing resources and help facilitate opportunities to connect with prospective students. You can expect that we will create an interactive webpage and printed flyer highlighting different aspects of your program.
We also hold a study abroad fair during the second week of each semester. We set aside tables for each program/leader, provide printed flyers and signup sheets.
One of the most proven ways to get students interested in study abroad programs is to bring the information to them! Many students don’t know about all of the options we provide so by doing a classroom presentation, you are handing the information right to them. We suggest emailing professors of subjects relative to your program and asking to do a 5-10 minute presentation that includes all information on the course, how to apply, what’s included in costs, as well as photos, videos or testimonials from past trips. You could also include general photos of the area you’re traveling to.
Campus Life Today/UW-Stout Today
Submit a Campus Life Today or UW-Stout Today posting. These are very brief posts that can show up for 1-3 days in a row that can advertise either applying for the program, application deadline notifications or reminders on upcoming informational meetings or presentations.
Make a Video
This is probably the most enjoyable way to market your program – both for you and whoever is watching it. Making a video gives students a real look into what the program will be like. The video can simply include past student’s testimonials, photos, video clips & information about your program. Here are a few videos that we think are awesome!
Email professors and applicable program directors of programs and let them know about your program. Have them forward the information to their students and advocate for your program in their classes. Don’t forget about your colleagues at other campuses, non-stout students can participate on your program as a special student.
Hold an informational meeting about your program. You can reserve a room in the MSC and advertise through OIE & Campus Life Today to get students to come. There, you can relay information about the program, ask former students to give testimonials, share videos and photos and answer questions for students. One of our office staff can also be there to answer questions and direct students to the application.
The Office of International Education is a GREAT resource for marketing. We utilize our Facebook page to get the word out about our programs and can help advertise videos, photos, information sessions and general programs. We can also use our office assistants, all who have studied abroad, to advocate for studying abroad and allow students to hear about experiences from their peers.
You will need to complete a travel authorization by clicking on "Shared Financial System," login, and then click on "Create a Travel Authorization." If you need assistance with the travel authorization contact Heidi Engelmann Kothrade. You will only need to enter your costs that are covered by the program's budget. Patti Kahler can provide the correct account code to use as our office will be managing the program’s budget.
OIE offers a mandatory pre-departure workshop to ensure all faculty leaders are well prepared and aware of any updates before program departure. Campus representatives will come together to provide their expertise in the various areas that encompass a faculty-led program. You can expect to hear from Risk & Safety, Student Health Services, Counseling Center, UW-Stout Police, Dean of Students, Business Office, etc.
The Board of Regents, System policy (ACIS-7.1), requires all University of Wisconsin students studying/traveling abroad under a UW sponsored program to enroll in international insurance offered by Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). As a faculty leader of an international program you will automatically be enrolled into this coverage for the duration of your program.
Reservations & Purchases
Once your students are accepted you may begin program purchases. If the purchases are not completed by the Student Billing Services due date, then the students will be billed based on the estimate established during the program approval process. OIE will make large pre-departure purchases. The smaller in-country items, such as cultural events, should be made by the faculty leader with their corporate card.
- Flights: OIE will reserve and purchase flights for programs through Fox World Travel. OIE strongly suggests that faculty leaders fly with their group of students for risk management purposes. Please note: many airlines seem to be adding basic fares that do not include checked baggage. Therefore, baggage costs will be built in to the out-of-pocket costs in the student Cost Estimate.
- Room and Board: The faculty leader is responsible for selecting accommodation. You may provide OIE with an invoice for payment pre-departure or stop in the office to make the reservation with Patti Kahler.
- In-Country Transportation: The faculty leader is responsible for organizing in-country transportation. Please provide OIE with an invoice if you would like us to make the purchase pre-departure i.e. train tickets, day passes, etc.
- Cultural Events: The faculty leader is responsible for organizing and making these purchases. If an invoice is provided, OIE can pay for these activities ahead of time or faculty can pay on-site and be reimbursed pre-departure by submitting a TER.
- Significant cultural differences
- Course Details - pre or post work along with expectations during travel
- Itinerary Details
- Departure Plan - flight itineraries, arrival process at airport, etc.
- Accommodation - roommates, locations, any included meals
- Establishing Expectations - buddy system, emergency protocol, communication and transportation, any additional ground rules necessary for a successful program.
Each program must submit a detailed program itinerary to OIE. This is shared with university police and is an imperative aspect of our risk and safety plan. We advise that this is also shared with participants and their families. For your convenience we have included an Itinerary Template that we like to work from. You may use your own itinerary however, the itinerary must have the same information provided and align with the following requirements:
- No specific format required but it must be typed
- Faculty leaders' contact information (Cell phone, email, if you are in a remote area where cell phones may not work, please provide information on how you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
- Housing (name, phone number, local address, email contact, roommate selections if needed)
- All means of transportation (i.e. flight numbers, departure and arrival times, train routes, etc.)
- Daily activities & times (location of your site visit, landmarks you will visit, classroom/coursework information, etc.)
- Meal plans – Provide details on which meals are included and which ones are not.
- Any out-of-pocket expenses the students should expect (i.e. baggage fees, Chippewa Valley Shuttle, personal expenses, extra meals, extra transportation, etc.)
Be sure to stay within your budget for on-site expenses. As you travel, keep an expense log and document the purpose of each receipt to allow for easy reimbursement upon return.
Emergency Contacts & Incident Reporting
All faculty leaders are provided with a list of emergency contacts and an incident reporting procedure.
Campus Security Authority (CSA) Compliance
As a faculty leader of an off-campus program you are considered a Campus Security Authority (CSA) and are a mandated reporter of Clery reportable crimes. Here you may read more about the Clery Act and Clery Reportable Crimes. Faculty leaders will be notified via email each year of this information in addition to an on-line training. You may contact the Clery compliance staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions you may have. All qualified incidents can be reported here.
Return and Review
Travel Expense Report
If you have questions about completing the TER contact Heidi Engelmann-Kothrade. Patti Kahler can provide the correct account code to use as our office collected the student funds to cover the program costs. Keep in mind, faculty-led programs function with a cost recovery budget and are completely funded by the students. It is important to remember that only expenses in the budget can be claimed and reimbursed.
TER’s submitted after 60 days will not be reimbursed.
* Experienced faculty-leaders suggest keeping an expense journal and documenting expenses each day. Don’t forget to keep all needed receipts!
OIE will be in contact after you return from your program to set a time for a post-trip follow-up meeting. We are always striving to maintain high quality programs so we want to hear directly from you what worked and what did not. Be prepared to talk about some of these typical questions:
- What was the largest success of your program?
- What was the most challenging aspect of your program this year?
- What would you change about your program next time?
- Did you encounter any logistical challenges during the program?
- Do you plan to offer the program again next year?