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Leading a Study Abroad Program

Leading a group of students to study abroad is an extemely rewarding experience for both students and faculty, and is an opportunity that allows students to spend time in a "classroom" like they've never seen before. The Office of Study abroad is here to help you develop, design, and execute high quality, academically relevant study abroad programs that will support the curricular goals of your academic colleges and departments.


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Program Development Timeline  

Find out how to prepare to lead a study abroad program by collaborating throughout the year with the Office of Study Abroad.


Faculty Handbook  

Faculty-led programs at ODU, program development ideas, health & safety on programs, and more!


Proposal Form  

Interested in submitting a study abroad proposal? Submit the program proposal form by June 1.



Faculty-led study abroad / study away programs are for-credit courses that contain a short-term international component. The Office of Study Abroad is always looking for new faculty with innovative program ideas. These programs allow students to truly interact with the course topic, develop international experience, and provide faculty leaders with the opportunity to internationalize their curriculum, and potentially develop new course offerings or conduct research abroad.

Typically, these programs are offered over Spring Break or during the summer, for varying lengths of time. There are multiple program models as well; for example, the overseas component could be embedded in a larger course context, or the entire course could be taught abroad / away.

Faculty interested in developing faculty-led study abroad / study away programs should consult the Office of Study Abroad, which provides adminstrative support for the participating faculty and students. Faculty with new program ideas should submit program proposals, with the appropriate academic approval, to the Office of Study Abroad. The deadline for program proposals is June 1 of the academic year prior to the program. Proposals are then evaluated by a committee to determine which programs the Office of Study Abroad can support the following academic year.

Following approval, the Office of Study Abroad will work with the faculty to develop and maintain a program budget, secure airfare for the group, develop the program logistics, recruit students, advise students on study abroad / study away and financial aid concerns, collect student applications and payments, register students, and collect evaluations. Faculty are charged with the academic components of the course, and with assisting the Office of Study Abroad in program development.

Please contact the Study Abroad Coordinator with any questions about faculty-led programs.