Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs
Saint Joseph's has a long history of leading short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs. We began our very own SJU study tours in 2002 as leaders in the field of international education. Today, we support 150+ students annually through these international academic opportunities.
We would not be able to serve this student population without the passionate contribution of our faculty members. On this page, you can find more information about how to submit a program proposal, how to market a program, the program timeline and more.
Study Tour vs. Summer Program
Saint Joseph's study tours are semester-long courses taught on campus, typically during the spring semester. These are combined with a short-term period of group travel designed to introduce students to other countries and cultures by bringing to life what they learn in the classroom. Logistical coordination is provided by the CIP, a tour coordinator and a tour provider/organization.
Saint Joseph's summer programs are designed to introduce students to other countries and cultures by immersing them in the country. The one-month courses are taught and led by SJU faculty and are offered each summer in locations where we have established a 'home base' in Greece, Rome and South Africa. Summer programs are for students of any major who may not have the flexibility to spend a semester abroad but want a longer immersion than a study tour. Logistical coordination is provided by the CIP, a summer program Coordinator and a program provider/organization.
Please review the following University policies before submitting your program proposal:
- Meet with CIP for exploratory planning
- Research location, topics, vendors to support program
- Acquire GEP approvals with committee, if needed
- Review CIP and University Policies
- Submit Proposal by 2/15 at 11:59 p.m.
- Faculty will be notified of decisions by early May, pending Department Chair, Dean and Provost's Council approval
- CIP requests (3) proposals from outside vendors or works with faculty with on-site providers
- Faculty finalize itinerary and arrangements with CIP and vendors
- CIP and faculty select vendor; create budget for student program fee
- CIP reserves Group airfare
- Faculty attend CIP Annual Study Abroad Fair to represent program
- Plan class visits, departmental and colleague outreach and student information sessions with CIP
- Correspond with interested students, develop formal syllabus and class meeting time (study tours only)
- Review CIP online application brochure for marketing and information
- CIP online application opens
- Grant application deadline: 10/15 or 1/15; committee meets and grants are awarded
- Application deadline: 11/15 or 2/1; students must submit a $300 non-refundable deposit
- CIP completes application review (with faculty approval if needed) and sends acceptance notifications
- Students "Commit to Participate"
- CIP notifies Registrar of class to be created; register students
- CIP notifies Office of Student Accounts of program fee and tuition to bill students
- CIP makes final travel arrangements, payments to vendors, requests University cell phone, etc.
- Faculty and coordinator attend University-required Risk Management Training for Group Travel
- Students attend Health and Safety meeting
- Faculty and coordinator meet with CIP to review travel advance, itinerary, on-site preparation, etc.
- Faculty and coordinator lead on-site orientation; communicate with CIP as needed
- Faculty and coordinator complete University-required Business Expense Report within 10 days
- Students submit online evaluation
- Faculty and coordinator complete Final Program Report and attend debrief meeting with CIP
- Faculty submit grades to Registrar
How to Apply
Please submit an online proposal using the links below:
Please keep in mind the deadline to submit proposals is February 15, 11:59 p.m. Proposals will not be accepted after the deadline.
|February 15||Faculty proposals due online to CIP|
|May||CIP notifies faculty of proposal decisions|
|September||Program fees are finalized; campus promotion begins with Study Abroad fair; applications open|
|October 15||CIP Grant Deadline|
|November 15||Study Tour Application Deadline|
|January 15||CIP Grant Deadline|
|February 1||Summer Program Application Deadline|
Marketing & Feasibility
When marketing faculty-led programs to students, it's helpful to keep in mind why some students choose this type of program. Students who decide to participate in study tours or summer programs are likely to do so for one or more of the following reasons:
- The desire to go abroad with an SJU faculty member: The faculty member may have a reputation or teaching style that attracts students. Students may be more comfortable going abroad with someone they know and have an established relationship with and who they view as a representative of Saint Joseph's study abroad programs.
- Interest in a particular course/region: Getting course credit is a particularly attractive feature of SJU study tour or summer program.
- Length of time: For many, this is an excellent opportunity to cover coursework in the summer and not “miss” out on a semester on campus. Summer is a naturally appealing time for many students to study abroad, and being away for 2-6 weeks seems more manageable for many students. For those who have not traveled far from home, this is an opportunity to whet their appetite.
- The appeal of an SJU-sponsored program: Some students and families prefer the familiarity and feeling of security that comes with a study tour or summer program because they are assured the same high quality of teaching they would receive on campus and the support of multiple offices throughout the program cycle.
- Pre-planned logistics: Many students want the independence of being abroad but may find an independent immersion experience daunting. The current U.S. student culture increasingly leads to student selection of highly structured programs.
- Unassailable academic integrity
- Integration into the curriculum
- Affordable program design
- Good pre-departure orientation and preparation
- Faculty buy-in and participation
- Interaction with the host community
- Incorporation of the local language
- Opportunities for cultural enrichment
- A safe and secure environment
- Competent, experienced staff
- Opportunities for guided reflection
- Balance in program activities
- Maintenance of a strong, healthy group dynamic
- Opportunities for debriefing, reflection, reintegration upon return to the campus
Program Development Resources
- Leading Short Term Education Abroad Programs (Forum on Education Abroad): This guide for leaders of short-term programs explains what leaders need to know before running a program abroad. It is a framework for conversations between all those involved in the program. Like the Standards of Good Practice, they provide a means to assess and improve programs by ensuring that they include those essential elements that will maximize students’ learning and personal development while assuring their safety and well-being.
- Code of Ethics for Education Abroad (Forum on Education Abroad): The Code of Ethics for Education Abroad is designed to guide ethical decision-making and assist organizations as they seek to provide education abroad experiences and services in accord with the highest ethical standards.
- NAFSA: NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange, working to advance policies and practices that ensure a more interconnected, peaceful world today and for generations to come.
- The Power of International Education: IIE’s mission is to help people and organizations leverage the power of international education to thrive in today’s interconnected world. IIE focuses on work that achieves the following: advance scholarship, build economies and promote access to opportunity.
- Peace Corps - Educator Resources: The Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools program fosters an understanding of other cultures and global issues by providing online educational resources based on the Peace Corps experience and facilitating communication among U.S. learners and current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers.
- Global Oneness Project: This education program offers tools to become deeply engaged with the issues and ideas raised in the Global Oneness film and media content. Through these materials, educators may develop effective ways to introduce global themes, environmental issues, and multi-cultural awareness into their established course curricula.
- Better Abroad: A free action-oriented resource for individuals and organizations facilitating programs abroad that encourages thoughtful program design and reflection. It provides resources to encourage shifting the focus from quantity to quality of intercultural interaction.