faculty-led programs

Faculty-led Programs

Call for Summer 2023 Proposals Now Open

International Affairs is pleased to announce the launch of the new faculty-led program proposal process. International experiences led by SDSU faculty members offer students a unique opportunity to gain a global perspective. We look forward to working with you to make your programs a success.  International Affairs is now accepting proposals for Summer 2023 Global Seminar programs.
 
Global Seminars are an intensive faculty-led program that takes place during the winter or summer term. The course(s) offered with Global Seminars meet the contact hour requirements and learning outcomes of 15-week semester courses and offer summer session or special sessions credit. See below for more details.
 

International experiences led by SDSU faculty members offer students a unique opportunity to gain an intercultural perspective to their studies. Several types of faculty-led programs (FLPs) exist, all of which require approval through International Affairs.

Global Seminars: An intensive faculty-led program that takes place during the winter or summer term. The course(s) offered with Global Seminars meet the contact hour requirements and learning outcomes of 15-week semester courses and offer special sessions credit. *Please note that at this time all Global Seminars are on the state-support side and not run through Global Campus. 

Course-Embedded Program: A regular session course with an integrated international experience. Travel can occur before, during or after the term in which the course takes place.

Transborder Programs: Course-Embedded Program or field trip that includes one or more days of travel to Baja California, Mexico.

Academic Related Travel: A non-credit experience related to an academic program or international experience requirement that is organized and or led by an SDSU professor or department. Examples include group trips for research, fieldwork, conference attendance, and theatrical performances. All faculty must first seek approval to travel internationally with students by completing the International Travel Request Form no less than 30 days prior to departure. The travel will be reviewed by the SDSU Travel Review Committee.

Transborder Courses: SDSU faculty members interested in developing a Transborder Program associated with a course should email [email protected]  If the program will be part of a class, we request notification at least 45 days prior to the start of the semester.  

Transborder Travel: Faculty seeking to take students across the border for day trip(s) or field trip(s) not associated with a course, must complete this Transborder Travel Form no less than 30 days prior to departure

Questions? Contact [email protected]

International Affairs is now accepting proposals for Summer 2023 Global Seminar programs.
 
Global Seminars are an intensive faculty-led program that takes place during the winter or summer term. The course(s) offered with Global Seminars meet the contact hour requirements and learning outcomes of 15-week semester courses and offer summer session or special sessions credit.

 

 

Over the coming weeks and months, additional proposal applications will be available for the following types of faculty-led programs. Click the button at the bottom of this page to navigate to all program proposal pages.
  • Course-Embedded Programs are regular session courses with an integrated international experience. Travel can occur before, during, or after the term in which the course takes place. Application available starting Fall 2022 for AY 23-24 programs.
  • Transborder Programs are a Course-Embedded Program or field trip that includes one or more days of travel to Baja, California, Mexico. Application available soon.
  • Winter Session Global Seminar Programs are intensive faculty-led programs during the winter or summer term. The course(s) offered with Global Seminars meet the contact hour requirements and learning outcomes of 15-week semester courses and offer special session credit. Application available starting Fall 2022 for Winter 2024 programs.
  • Academic Related Travel is a non-credit experience related to an academic program or international experience requirement organized and or led by an SDSU professor or department. Examples include group trips for research, fieldwork, conference attendance, and theatrical performances. Rolling Application.
Click here to view all program proposal pages.

Pursuant to Executive Order 1081, international activities shall be overseen centrally by International Affairs to ensure that:

(i) there is a clear benefit to the CSU;

(ii) they are a part of the university's overall mission to educate the citizens of California; and

(iii) all study abroad/exchange programs are being implemented and monitored consistently.

To ensure program success and to comply with CSU and SDSU requirements, all programs in which faculty or staff accompany, send or otherwise facilitate international experiences involving students must be reviewed and approved by International Affairs. Faculty leaders may not select program providers or negotiate student program expenses on their own.

The following must be approved through this process:

  • Global Seminars
  • Course-Embedded Programs
  • Academic Related Travel

Proposals will be evaluated with input from International Affairs, department heads, and college deans. Please note that all Summer Global Seminars are run on the state-support side and not through Global Campus. Applicants are urged to discuss their proposal and course selection with their department head before submitting a proposal to International Affairs.

Many factors are considered in approving programs including summer faculty instructional costs, risk management and the level of staffing and resources available.

The call for AY 2022-23 Request for Faculty-led Program Proposals will open in late March 2022. Please refer to this page at that time for proposal instructions.

Faculty whose propoals are accepted for further development will be responsible for:

All faculty and staff accompanying students out of the country will be required, prior to departure, to attend a study abroad program leader orientation. The program meets CSU requirements and will cover the following topics:

  • SDSU Emergency Response and Communication Plan
  • In-country communication plan
  • University policies on student conduct while abroad
  • Health and safety information
  • Program director’s role and responsibilities
  • How to design a pre-departure orientation for your students
  • Liability issues
    SDSU Risk
  • Management and Travel Procedures

SDSU International Program Leader Travel Companion Policy

The health, safety and security of students, faculty, and staff is a central feature of the planning and operation of international programs. The program leader’s chief responsibility lies with the program participants. To ensure this commitment is not compromised, SDSU recommends that program leaders not travel with companions during the program dates.

Normally a travel companion is a member of the program leader’s immediate family/partnership that resides in the same household. SDSU discourages program leaders from bringing friends and extended family members along as travel companions.

Not all programs are suitable for travel companions. Programs that travel to different locations without a home base present logistical challenges, which may distract from the program leader’s ability to manage the program.

In recognition that on occasion a travel companion may accompany a program leader during the program dates, the following policy applies:

  1. Program leaders must participate in all activities listed on the program itinerary. They may not opt-out of cultural tours or events to spend time with a travel companion.
  2. Travel companions shall not interfere with the program leader’s responsibilities to the program or availability to the students. They must not detract from any student’s academic or cultural experience abroad.
  3. Travel companions are not program participants; they may not participate in any portion of the activities listed in the itinerary including on-site transportation (e.g. airport pick up and drop off), meals, excursions, etc.
  4. Travel companion contact with students (if any) should be informal and incidental.
    Travel companions may not act in any administrative role or be responsible for program logistics. They may not represent themselves as employees of SDSU.
  5. Per their contract with SDSU, in-country study abroad program providers are not permitted to make logistical arrangements for individuals other than program participants and program leaders. It is the responsibility of the program leader or travel companion, not the in-country provider, to make their own logistical arrangements.
  6. Travel companions must pay for their own travel and related expenses. For example, travel companions must pay for the cost differential between a single and double room.
  7. Program leaders traveling with minors must provide appropriate supervision for the minor during the program activities. Supervision must be available on an “on call” basis in the event of an emergency or event that requires the program leader response during off hours. Program participants or local guides/onsite coordinators cannot be tasked with this responsibility.
  8. Program leaders are covered by the CSU Foreign Travel Insurance plan when traveling abroad on SDSU business and have the option to purchase coverage for their immediate family members. SDSU strongly recommends that all travelers be covered by the same policy to coordinate assistance in the event of an emergency.