Thanks for your interest in taking your UAB class on an faculty-led program in coordination with the Office of Education Abroad. This Faculty-Led Program Proposal webpage is intended to direct faculty members through the process to obtain official approval for your program.
What is a faculty-led education abroad program?
Faculty-led programs are UAB courses that are developed and taught by UAB faculty and have a field trip that takes place far from campus, usually outside of the United States. The field trips are typically about 1 to 2 weeks in duration and the entire class, faculty leader and students, travel together. Students earn direct UAB course credit.
How does a faculty-led program get planned?
For faculty-led programs, the Office of Education Abroad offers the following services: student application processing, student payment collection, education abroad insurance purchasing, group flight booking, payment processing, and contact information for educational travel agencies. The faculty leader handles all logistics, independently or with the assistance of an educational travel agency such International Studies Abroad
and their Custom Programs
, or EF College Study Tours
. It is recommended that faculty members discuss their initial plans with the Director of the Office of Education Abroad by emailing to make an appointment.
When do faculty-led programs travel?
Faculty-led programs travel over Thanksgiving Break, over Spring Break, or during summer.
Is proposal writing assistance available?
Yes! Just email the Director of the Office of Education Abroad to make an appointment. She's happy to help you get started on your proposal.
When are the proposal deadlines?
You must submit your proposal to your chair and dean with ample time allowed for their internal review. It is recommended you give your chair at least 2 weeks to review and your dean an additional two weeks to review.
Deadlines for final submission to the Office of Education Abroad
Proposals submitted after the deadlines will not be accepted.
How do faculty members submit a proposal for review?
||Proposal Deadline, with chair and dean signatures is:
|Spring Break or Summer Programs
||May 1st of the prior academic year
|Thanksgiving Break Programs
||December 1st of the prior academic year
Click the "Apply Now" button on this page and complete all proposal submission requirements.
Incomplete proposals will not be accepted.
What UAB campus-wide and UA System policies may be applicable to faculty-led programs?
When writing a faculty-led proposal, you should also be aware of the following university policies regarding foreign travel:
May UAB employees travel as chaperones with students abroad?
If you are not teaching UAB students in a UAB course that has a field study abroad and would rather travel with UAB students as a chaperone or as an instructor moonlighting at another institution, you must receive written permission to do so from your chair, dean, UAB Human Resources, and the Office of Education Abroad. In such situations, the UAB employee will make his/her travel arrangements and pay for his/her own travel.
To begin your proposal, click the "Apply Now" button at the bottom of this page.
Adapted from University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa Education Abroad, the Forum on Education Abroad Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs, NAFSA: Association for International Educators, University of Texas at Austin, University of Georgia and Indiana University Overseas Study.