Do you have an idea for a faculty-led study abroad program? This type of program is a Texas A&M credit course with more than half of the curriculum presented out of country. A Texas A&M faculty member attends in person and teaches the course overseas.
All study abroad programs that involve academic credit require Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approval. You should begin the process at least one year in advance.
The steps to create a new faculty-led study abroad program are as follows:
- Meet with your department head to gain departmental support.
- Use the official study abroad forms to draft a proposal about the potential program. Your proposal should cover an explanation of where you want to take the students and what you want to do on the trip, with an emphasis on the learning opportunities and academic experiences.
- Your department head must sign and approval the proposal form.
- Including the following with your proposal:
- Faculty bio and photo
- Proposed itinerary
- Course syllabi
- Signature and approval from your department head.
The initial itinerary and syllabi can be broad, such as general class days versus travel days, but should be consistent.
- Submit the proposal to Dr. Kim Dooley at email@example.com or in AGLS Building room 515.
- A college representative will get the necessary internal approval and send it to the Texas A&M Study Abroad Programs Office.
- Once the study abroad office has approved your program, you will be assigned a study abroad liaison who will work with you to arrange the logistics for your program and manage student registration. The Study Abroad Programs Office will also handle program/course approval with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
- You will meet with your assigned study abroad liaison to discuss budget, logistics, program details, and program promotion. More about how the study abroad office can help.
- You will be responsible for promoting your study abroad program, and the college can assist with promotions via our student mentors.
What you should know about traveling abroad
First check out the College’s International Travel Guidelines to make sure you follow the proper procedures and have the right forms. And don’t forget to check with Lauren Schroeder at (979) 458-3289 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to see if you need to complete Ag-710–International Travel Export Controls Certification.
Would you like some more information on where you’re going? Here are a few resources:
- The State Department’s Travel Page can give you country information, their recommended foreign per diem rates, country information, links for their SmartTraveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and a host of other information.
- The CIA World Factbook can give you maps and country profiles.
- For information on national cultures, the Hofstede Centre’s Country Comparisons can give you an analysis of cultural dimensions in that country and the implications for common behaviors and values.
- The U.S. Center for Disease Control will provide information on vaccinations and health precautions you might want to take for your destination.
For more information, contact: Cathryn Clement at (979) 458-0820 or email@example.com.