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Develop a Program

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 3-4 weeks in duration, although faculty can also choose to lead spring break and winter programs as well.

How do I begin the process?

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First read through the Faculty Led Handbook (above) and meet with David.Schmidt@mtsu.edu and Katherine.Kovar@mtsu.edu if you have questions.  When you are ready, click on Program Proposal materials (above) and find the correct documents which need to be submitted for an MTSU Faculty-Led, Consortia Led, or Non-Academic group program.  Keep track of deadlines!
Timeline
Below is an example of a timeline for a new MTSU Faculty-Led education abroad Summer 2017 program.  Faculty who want to teach on a consortia program will have a different timeline with much earlier deadlines.  
 

Fall 2015/Spring 2016

Faculty meets with OEA & David to discuss possibilities

Jan - May 2016

Faculty begins developing the program

April- early September 2016

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 2016

Proposal deadlines for all MTSU Faculty Led Summer programs (both new AND reoccurring). IEEC reviews course proposals and approves program

September - October 2016 Faculty submits TA and opens clearing account with the assistance of Ben Jones

October 2016

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.

September 2016 - Feb 2017

Faculty recruits, collects applications and deposits, and accepts participants

November 2016

Faculty participates in on-campus Study Abroad Fair


Dec 2016 - late February 2017
 
Faculty decides if program will run or "make"
March 2017 Faculty works with accepted participants to make sure all have submitted liability paperwork (called Pathway Packet) to the OEA due at the end of March
March 2017 Faculty provides final student scholarship list

April 1, 2017

Faculty participates in MTSU Pre-departure mandatory student orientation

April 27, 2017

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

May – August 2017

Faculty leads MTSU Faculty-Led program!!