Developing a Program

Faculty-Led Short-Term Study Abroad Programs


The Center for Global Engagement (CGE) is responsible for working with you to develop proposals for short-term study abroad programs. Faculty-led study abroad programs are 2-6 week international opportunities designed to enhance and complement UMBC’s current academic programs. Their lower cost and condensed time frame help larger numbers of students obtain a meaningful study abroad experience, particularly those who are unable to participate in a fall or spring semester travel study program. Accepted faculty-led study abroad proposals will be eligible for a tuition waiver – students will only pay the program costs and mandatory fees while earning credits toward their degree. The CGE will help you through the entire process.

Faculty-led Study Abroad Program Goals

  • develop international short-term study opportunities in a broad range of disciplines and geographical areas that will appeal to a wide range of UMBC students and faculty and which complement existing study abroad opportunities
  • keep program costs low to promote accessibility for as many students as possible
  • develop programs that complement, enhance, and are integrated into students’ on-campus programs/curriculum to the fullest extent possible
  • offer courses that are closely and inherently related to the site at which they are taught—and thus offer educational opportunities students could not get on campus
  • develop opportunities for inter-cultural learning
  • encourage students, through international experiences and study, to value others’ perspectives and see themselves as part of a bigger, global world

Read this article on Developing Effective Faculty Led Study Abroad Programs (pdf). 

Proposal Evaluation

The Study Abroad Advisory Committee will evaluate all faculty proposals and will take into consideration the following criteria:

  • site-specific nature of course and connection to local learning opportunities
  • new and previously unrepresented study abroad fields of study and/or destinations
  • financial soundness and accessibility of program costs to students
  • any possible overlap with existing programs

From there, proposals are sent to the Committee on Non-Standard Program and Administrative Arrangements for further approval at financial, academic, and administrative levels.

Support from the Center for Global Engagement (CGE)

CGE will provide student and faculty support from start to end of the process, including program development assistance, student selection/vetting help, pre-departure orientation, assistance during the programs, and returnee programming for the year following the abroad experience.  The CGE will also provide:

  • help with U.S. and on-site logistics
  • contract management and payments
  • faculty pre-departure workshops
  • international contacts
Steps to Follow to Propose a New Study Abroad Program
The Education Abroad Office at UMBC is here to help you develop, propose and run a successful faculty-led study abroad program. A faculty-led program takes place in either the summer or winter term and is led by UMBC faculty. Our office runs a cohort model for the development of these programs during the spring semester for both the summer and winter terms of the following academic year. The call for proposals, including the required meeting dates and steps will be announced on our myUMBC group page.
Faculty planning to develop and propose a program should have a rough idea of the course(s) they intend to teach and how it relates to the host location. The UMBC course syllabus must specifically outline how the culture and/or location is essential to course objectives. It is strongly suggested that faculty propose a course that fulfills a GEP/other degree requirements. Contact Katie Heird, Director of Education Abroad & Global Learning, to schedule a preliminary meeting to discuss ideas:
We look forward to working with you to develop immersive and enriching programs for UMBC students.

Proposal Timeline:

Proposals are developed as a cohort with other interested faculty during the spring semester for programs that are intended to run in both the summer and winter of the following academic year.

The process takes up to 18 months from the start of program development to the end of the program on-site.

Deadline to Submit Proposals:

April 30th, 2023 for Summer 2024 and Winter 2025 programs. More information and an official call for proposals will be available on myUMBC soon.