Missouri State University

Developing a Short-Term Faculty-Led Study Away Program

Why lead a Short-Term Study Away Program?

Teaching on a study abroad program develops your ability to be innovative and creative. On Springfield’s campus, you have your classroom. When you are abroad, you have the entire city, culture and more.

If you are interested in directing a short-term program, and seeing academics and experience converge, please review the proposal template for short-term faculty-led study away programs posted under Resources for Program Directors. Remember, your study away course should be so integrated with the location that it cannot be executed anywhere else. It should facilitate comparative study within your field, and reflect the city, country, culture, significant people and sites, foreign language, and more. Do not create your course without the county in mind, or choose the country without the course in mind. Program directors may offer a course within their own discipline and/or offer the General Education Course IDS 397. Please review the syllabus template for IDS 397, along with instructions regarding course approval, posted under Resources for Program Directors.

Short-term study away programs vary in length. Some directors lead programs over spring break for one week; other programs may be as long as six weeks. Program directors lead orientation sessions prior to travel to better prepare the students for cultural differences and maximize their learning opportunities. As you begin developing your proposal, please contact Study Away Director Elizabeth Strong with questions or further information.

Proposal Submission Deadlines

Winter Intersession:
May 1
Spring Break:
September 6
Summer and Summer Intersession:
October 1
Fall Intersession:
December 2

Resources for Program Directors Preparing to Submit a Proposal

Calculating Compensation and Minimum Number of Students

Study Away Salary Redistribution Policy for Department Heads & 12 Month Faculty

Proposal Template for Short-Term Faculty-Led Study Away Programs

Examples of Previous Short-Term Faculty-Led Program Proposals

Syllabus Template and Approval Process for IDS 297 Courses

List of Program Director and Study Away Office Responsibilities

The Forum's Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad Programs

OANDA Currency Converter for Budget Estimations

Faculty-Led Programs Within the U.S.

The template below pertains to programs that are tied to a credit bearing course AND programs that are academically related, but not credit bearing. Unless a college dean states that s/he is responsible for a particular program, Study Away Programs will manage the accounting. The college dean  must notify Study Away Programs if the dean makes the decision for Study Away to manage the program’s accounting. Of course, Study Away Programs manages all short-term faculty led programs for trips outside the United States.

Proposal Template for Domestic Short-Term Faculty-Led Programs

All students must sign the Statement of Responsibility, Release, Waiver of Liability & Hold Harmless Agreement posted below.

Statement of Responsibility, Release, Waiver of Liability & Hold Harmless Agreement

Study Away Exploratory Travel Funds

The Provost and Vice President of Research and Economic Development will provide $20,000 in funding for faculty exploratory travel in 2013-14. The aim of exploratory faculty travel is to increase the number of short-term faculty-led programs to expand opportunities for students to enhance cultural competence. The funded travel will help ensure faculty director preparedness in safety and logistical measures for a future short-term program. A portion of the 2013-14 fund was awarded in fall 2013, but there are funding opportunities still available as of spring 2014.

Spring 2014 Exploratory Travel Funds Application

Examples of Approved Exploratory Faculty Fund Proposals

Study Away Advisory Committee (SAAC)

  • David Romano, Chair (CHPA)
  • Linnea Iantria (CNAS)
  • Carmen Boyd (CHHS)
  • Roger Dowdy (COAL)
  • Courtney Pham (COB)
  • Roberta Aram (COE) 
  • Michael Burton (AGR)

Customized Program Provider Options

Faculty have the option of using a study abroad provider to assist them in planning short-term study away programs. Program providers can help arrange on-the-ground logistics so that faculty can focus on teaching. A program provider may make hotel arrangements, book flights, organize meals, facilitate guided tours, and arrange guest lectures, among other tasks. Please be aware of University Policy Op.5.20 when working with program providers in this document.

CAPA
Contact: Greg Lewis
(800) 793-0334

EF College Study Tours
Contact: Justin Bruegenhemke
(314) 484-8621

International Studies Abroad (ISA) Customized Programs
Contact: Curtis Larson
1112 W. Ben White Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704 USA
(800) 580-8826

Study Abroad Italy (SAI) Customized Programs 
Specializing in Italy
Contact: Lisa Guido
7160 Keating Ave. 
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 824-8965

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Customized Programs
Specializing in Australia and New Zealand
Contact: Steve Luther
12050 N. Pecos St. Ste. 320
Westminster, CO 80234 USA
1-800-980-0033

International Classroom
Contact: Mike Huff
P.O Box 263
Weathersfield, Vermont 05151
877-543-1090

Adelman Travel
Contact: Elizabeth Henson
3424 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807
(417) 888-4488

ChinaSense
Specializing in China
Contact: Ms. Jin (Jennifer) Pan
US Phone: (832) 632-7288
China Phone: 86 10 62072606
Skype Contact: jpfactors 

See University-Wide Study Away Policies for complete details.

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Also see the Op5.20-1 Travel Warnings and Prohibitions Policy page.