Propose/Develop a Program

Facculty and academic advisors play a very important role in not only preparing students to study abroad, but also with encouraging students to go and even establishing new programs. We are available to assist you in developing a faculty-led study abroad program.

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Faculty-Led Experience

Faculty-Led Programs

Leading a group of students to study abroad is an intensely rewarding experience for both students and faculty, and it's often an opportunity that allows students to spend time in a "classroom" like they've never seen before. IPENG recognizes that education abroad is a uniquely valuable effort towards educating enlightened citizens to lead productive and meaningful lives, and Grainger Engineering faculty members are encouraged to develop programs that support the curricular goals of their academic colleges and departments.

Propose a Program

The IPENG Office is here to help you develop, design, and execute these types of programs. Please take a look through the this section to learn more about the process and policies behind program development, planning, and trip logistics. When you are ready to propose your program idea, follow the proposal process and deadlines.

We have a responsibility to develop international learning experiences that are academically sound provide safeguards for student health and safety. International Programs in collaboration with program sponsors at the University of Illinois is responsible for evaluating the health and safety risks of prospective international programs.

Proposal Deadlines

November 15th

Deadline to complete Program Proposal in My Study Abroad.

Late Fall/Early Spring

Working on setting up all logistics, if interested in a global classroom commit to proposed itinerary, recruitment for your program, and any info sessions.

February 15th

Deadline to get students to apply for both the program and scholarships.

March 1st

All details must be finalized and student committed to the program so that final travel logistics and pre-departure courses can be addressed.

Initial Considerations for Program Leaders

We have complied a list of recommended first steps you should take when planning a Faculty-Led Program. The document below also contains a list of important dates and a timeline to help facilitate a smooth planning process.

PDF is currently being updated & will be back soon

How to Propose a Program

  • Proposals for faculty-led programs must be submitted 8-12 months in advance. Selection criteria includes:
  • Uniqueness of proposed program (destination, discipline, content, etc.)
  • Projected ability to attract students
  • Accessibility to students (cost, interdisciplinary, eligibility, etc.)
  • Likelihood of program being offered repeatedly
  • Field site engagement model, facilitating on-site learning, and interaction with the local community
  • Integration of intercultural learning with academic content
  • Alignment of proposed program with the global priorities of departments, colleges, and the university

By completing the information requested in the link below, you are submitting a proposal for a faculty-led program whose development and administration is fully assisted by staff in IPENG. You propose the study content, syllabus, and program itinerary and we will work with you on overall development and administration of the program. These courses are, in effect, co-sponsored by IPENG and the academic department and/or college issuing credit.

Important note: We will accept proposals from faculty who are willing to partner with either Customized Education Programs Abroad (CEPA) or Academic Experiences Abroad (AEA).

Once you have submitted the information requested, the proposal will be sent to the administering department chair and college dean to review and approve. A designated committee in IPENG will meet to review various factors of the program and a decision will be reached on whether or not your program will move to the next stage of recruitment and development.

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