Faculty members are invited to submit proposals to lead a study abroad program at one of Suffolk's affiliated universities or at the Suffolk University Madrid Campus. Faculty-led proposals are reviewed for an entire calendar year. Proposals for any faculty-led programs in 2017-2018 must be submitted by May 15th of each academic year (i.e. for AY17/18 the proposals are due no later than May 15th, 2017).
- Submit an intake form for your proposed course.
- Meet with Hillary Sabbagh, in the Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS), to provide more details on your proposed course.
- Send the completed proposal to CIPS, the Provost’s Office, and your Department Chair or Dean.
- Receive feedback on your proposal.
- Create a program budget, along with CIPS and the budget office, and submit the budget, along with your final proposal, to the appropriate offices.
- If approved, a timeline and action plan will be discussed with CIPS.
- If denied, a reason for the denial will be provided.
- Complete the Faculty-led, Short-term Study Abroad Program intake form.
- Complete an itinerary including the following details:
- Destinations and dates of travel co-curricular
- Suffolk University-sponsored field trips
- Site visits and cultural activities
- Free time
- Modes of transportation
Please use this template when creating your itinerary: blank_itinerary_template.xlsx
View a sample itinerary here: SampleItinerary.pdf
There are some important considerations in planning your faculty-led study abroad program:
Planning time frame
- Study abroad program preparation is a lengthy process and can take approximately 1 year to implement.
- Communicate your intention about developing a program early on to your department chair, and the Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS) so they can assess the financial and academic feasibility.
- Determine who is eligible to take the program. Only Suffolk students? Both undergraduate and graduate students? Students from other institutions?
- Please note that at the present time Suffolk alumni must register and pay full tuition and travel fees to take part in any faculty-led study abroad program.
Determine the type of program to be offered
- Solely offered by Suffolk faculty, e.g. program with Palazzo Ruccellai.
- Taught in conjunction with host institution faculty, e.g. SACI.
- Offered in conjunction with another Suffolk faculty-led program and a host institution, e.g. Charles University in Prague.
Define the goals of your program
- What is the rationale for traveling to this specific country?
- What are the expected learning outcomes?
Components of a Successful Proposal:
- A study abroad experience should give students the opportunity to interact with the people and culture in the study-abroad locale, over and above the required contact and involved hours.
- In any study abroad experience, academic content should be adapted to the locale, including meaningful exploration of and relationship to the culture visited. To this end, any student involved in a long-term study abroad experience should take a course which directly addresses the nature, characteristics, and structure of the local culture. Shorter-term study abroad experiences should make cultural study available to students on a proportionate basis.
- The study-abroad experience should also contain significant and appropriate pre-departure orientation/preparation components.
- A personal and academic reintegration process between the student and the study-abroad instructor, academic advisor, and/or departmental liaison should also be designed to maximize the benefits gained by the overseas experience.