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Develop an MTSU Faculty-Led Program

The Office of Education Abroad (EA) appreciates your interest in developing an MTSU Faculty-led education abroad program! We look forward to assisting you in what will be a richly rewarding opportunity, both for your own professional development and the academic development of MTSU students. 

The Office of EA offers numerous education abroad programs through our affiliated programs, i.e. exchanges, third party providers, etc.  However, most of our participants choose an MTSU Fac-Led program as students generally prefer short-term group programs sponsored by their own university. They also wish to travel and study with friends and faculty they know and trust, and welcome the ease with which academic credit is applied toward their degree requirements.

Although much work goes into developing and producing a successful education abroad program, you are not alone in this endeavor. We are available to assist you along the way and guide you through the program development and coordination process.  We also welcome any additional questions or comments.

We look forward to working with you!

What is an MTSU Faculty-Led program?
Short-term programs led by MTSU faculty member(s) who teach MTSU courses which are specifically designed for the overseas location. Each program provides students with an academically enriching experience in the host country while also providing culturally relevant excursions that support the academic experience. Programs are taught in English (with the exception of language credit programs) and are generally 3-6 credit hours. MTSU Faculty-Led Programs are typically led during the summer term and are usually 2-4 weeks in duration, although faculty can also choose to lead spring break and winter programs as well.

How do I begin the process?
The Office of Education Abroad collects the Program Proposal materials (see below) for all MTSU Faculty-Led and Consortia programs.The Program Proposals are then presented to the International Education & Exchange Committee (IEEC) which meets once a month during the fall and spring semesters.  This University Standing Faculty Committee with then review the materials and report back to the Office of EA who, in return, will contact the faculty. 

MTSU Education Abroad Faculty Led Handbook

Please click here to access the new Faculty Led Handbook!  This handbook was designed as a guide for the development of an MTSU Faculty Led education abroad program including the policies, procedures, resources and advice on how to create and lead a successful program.   

What are the upcoming deadlines for the MTSU Fac-Led Program Proposals?
(Faculty who want to teach on a CCSA or KIIS program should contact that consortium for their deadlines)

Both New & Re-occurring programs

Winter 2015-16

February 27th, 2015

Spring Break 2016

September 4th, 2015

Summer 2016

September 4th, 2015

Program Proposal/Application Materials
Which type of program are you interested in proposing?

If MTSU Faculty-Led
Please click on this link to access the MTSU Faculty-Led Program Proposal packet, which is for BOTH new and re-occurring programs.  If more than one faculty will be teaching on the same program, the course details section (section II) and the signature sheet (with Chair and Dean's signature) should be submitted for both courses. This packet is updated annually, so faculty should check to make sure they are submitting the correct packet for the appropriate term.  The OEA recommends that faculty leading summer programs submit the packet in March/April a full year prior to the education abroad program in order for the program to be approved by the IEEC in April and faculty can then begin actively recruiting when the fall semester begins in August. 

If Consortia program (CCSA, KIIS):  MTSU Faculty who would like to teach on a KIIS or CCSA
should click here for the Consortia Program Proposal materials.  While you will ultimately apply and be accepted by the consortium to teach abroad, the IEEC must also approve the program.

An important piece to building an MTSU Faculty-Led program is creating a budget.  Included in the new Education Abroad Faculty Led Handbook is a packet of information which will define the EA budget terms and provide some insight and suggestions for this complex process.  In addition, the links below are also provided to a sample EA budget as well as an interactive spreadsheet for your convenience.

Below is an example of a timeline for a new MTSU Faculty-Led education abroad Summer 2016 program.  Again faculty who wants to teach on a consortia program should contact them directly for these details while keep the MTSU internal deadlines in mind as well.

Fall 2014/Spring 2015

Faculty meets with Tiffany & David to discuss possibilities

Jan - May 2015

Faculty begins developing the program

March - early September 2015

Faculty submits the Program Proposal (If proposal is submitted in March/April - when the IEEC is still meeting - then the program can be approved early to allow for summer and early fall recruiting)

September 2015

IEEC reviews course proposals and approves program

October 2015

Faculty attends meeting led by International Affairs & OEA to discuss budgeting,  recruiting and marketing, collecting money, registration, insurance, financial aid, other policies and guidelines, etc.

November 2015

Faculty participates in on-campus Study Abroad Fair

October 2015 – Feb 2016

Faculty recruits and collects student applications

March 2016

Faculty attends meeting led by Vice Provost for International Affairs, to go over emergency guidelines and procedures

April 2016

Faculty participates in MTSU Pre-departure mandatory student orientation

May – August 2016

Faculty leads MTSU Faculty-Led program!!

Non-Academic or Other
These specific Program Proposals above are NOT intended for programs in which:
• No academic credit is earned.
• No MTSU faculty or staff member is present on the program, i.e. semester exchange program.
• Faculty approval for students who are taking courses overseas individually, i.e. a credit-bearing internship.

Faculty needing more information on these situations should contact the Office of Education Abroad for details.