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Leading a Study Abroad Program

Faculty-Led Short-Term Study Abroad Programs


The Office of International Education Services (IES) 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 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 IES Office 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

Proposal Evaluation

A review 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

Support from the Office of International Education Services (IES)

IES 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 IES will also provide:

  • help with U.S. and on-site logistics
  • faculty pre-departure workshops
  • international contacts and contracts (if needed)

Proposal Timeline:

The process takes approximately 18-24 months from the start of program development to the end of the program on-site.

It is essential to contact Caylie Zidwick, Assistant Director of International Education Services,, as soon as possible if you are interested in submitting a proposal or complete the new proposal interest form. 

Deadline to Submit Proposals:

For a program offered in Winter Session 2019 — December 1, 2017

For a program offered in Summer Session 2019 — May 1, 2018