Faculty-Led Program

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.

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.

Propose a Faculty-Led Program

Global Seminars, Course-Embedded Programs, and Academic Related Travel

Due to budgetary restrictions compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not accepting proposals for Global Seminars, Course-Embedded Programs, or Academic Related Travel.  We are working diligently to establish an administrative structure to provide consistent faculty-led program development and advising support to all colleges.  This webpage will be updated as program development services are reintroduced.

Transborder Programs

SDSU faculty members interested in developing a Transborder Program should inform their college International Programs Liaison via email with a copy to [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.  Notification of programs, day trips, or field trips not connected to a course is requested no less than 45 days prior to departure.

Questions? Contact [email protected]

Approval Requirements

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

Transborder Programs not offering special sessions credit through Global Campus are approved through a separate process.  Transborder Programs offering special sessions credit are treated as Global Seminars. 

Proposals will be evaluated with input from International Affairs, department heads, and college deans. Applicants are urged to discuss their proposal and course selection with their department head and college International Program Liaison before submitting a proposal to International Affairs.

Many factors are considered in approving programs including risk management and the level of staffing and resources available.

Proposals will be evaluated with input from International Affairs, department heads, and college deans. Applicants are urged to discuss their proposal and course selection with their department head and college international program (IP) liaison before submitting a proposal to International Affairs.

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.