Proposing a study abroad program

Thanks for your interest in leading a College of Human Sciences study abroad program! The resources on this page will help you to understand the program proposal process.

Program models

Study abroad programs can be offered during the summer or at Spring Break, Thanksgiving Break, or Winter Break. One week abroad is equal to one ISU credit, and ISU credit is normally offered for required pre-departure orientation meetings. The credits earned for orientation can be included in the total number of credits for the program or a separate class can be offered. You are also encouraged to establish post-return meetings for debriefing, reflection, and re-entry support, and these can also be offered for credit. Students participating in a program that occurs at a semester break should not be asked to be absent from other classes because of international travel. Each program is different, and the CHS International Programs Office can provide you with advice on the best model based on academic content and destination.

Review and approval process

Faculty-led study abroad programs offered through the College of Human Sciences undergo an extensive review process to insure they are the best possible experiences for our students. Refer to the flowchart (PDF) for a step-by-step description of the process.

College of Human Sciences proposal deadlines

Proposal deadline

For programs to be offered the following

September 1

Summer

December 1

Fall semester, Thanksgiving break, and academic year

April 1

Spring semester, spring break, and winter break


Education Abroad Committee Proposal Deadlines

Proposal deadline

For programs to be offered the following

October 1

Summer

January 1

Fall semester, Thanksgiving break, and academic year

May 1

Spring semester, spring break, and winter break


Program viability

CHS faculty-led programs require a minimum of eight committed students for new programs and a minimum of 10 committed students for repeat programs. You will work with the CHS International Programs Office to establish a calendar of important dates and deadlines for the program including:
 
  • Application deadline: this is the last day on which students may submit their applications at ISUAbroad to participate in the program; no late applications will be accepted.
  • Applicant notification date: this is the date by which you will notify the CHS International Programs Office about applicant statuses (who is accepted, who is not accepted, and who is waitlisted); usually within two weeks of the application deadline; the CHS International Programs Office will distribute the official status notification emails to applicants.
  • Commitment deadline: this is the date by which accepted students must commit at ISUAbroad to participate in the program; commitment means participants are financially obligated to the program; usually within 7-10 days of the notification date.
The ISUAbroad application deadline can be no later than four months prior to the departure date of the program. If the program does not initially generate enough applications to be offered, you may consider extending the deadline and re-advertising up to four months prior to departure. If there are not enough applications, the college will cancel the program at four months prior to departure. Please note that if you plan to offer a credit-bearing pre-departure orientation course, the application and commitment timeline must be early enough to accommodate enrollments in that course.

Marketing and recruitment

The CHS International Programs Office will coordinate the marketing and recruitment for your program. All information distributed to students must be approved by the CHS International Programs Office to insure consistency and accuracy.
 
The CHS International Programs Office will provide the following assistance with promoting your program:
  • Create the ISUAbroad program brochure
  • Create program listing on CHS website
  • Create and print paper brochures
  • Make social media posts
  • Send promotional e-mails
  • Share information with interested students at events such as study abroad fairs, program information sessions, and departmental information nights
  • Share information with interested students in individual study abroad advising appointments
  • Share information with students in general classroom presentations (the CHS International Programs Office does not organize classroom presentations for individual programs)
You should also be prepared to promote your program in the following ways:
  • Talk about the program in classes that you teach or at student organization meetings
  • Talk to your faculty and staff colleagues and ask them to help with promoting your program
  • Arrange to speak in the classes taught by your colleagues
  • Attend and present at a program information session
  • Attend your department’s study abroad information night and present about your program
  • Attend the CHS Study Abroad Fair and staff your program’s table