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Ready-Made Study Abroad Programs for UD Faculty - Winter 2016

The Institute for Global Studies (IGS) invites faculty who are new to study abroad programs to apply to direct one of the exciting, new programs developed by IGS for travel over winter session 2016.  These programs will make your first experience an easy transition to the possibilities and opportunities IGS has to offer by providing the complete arrangements for your first study abroad program at the University of Delaware. 

There are four unique programs in Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, and Greece for winter session 2016.  The deadline for applications is 4:30 pm on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Two faculty information sessions will be held in the IGS conference room in Elliott Hall to answer any questions:

Tuesday, September 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Interested faculty are also encouraged to attend the session on developing a study abroad proposal on Tuesday, September 23, from 3:30 to 4:45 in 325 Alison Hall.

Proposals will be reviewed and decisions announced to applicants by October 31st.  Through this initiative IGS hopes to attract new faculty directors to study abroad while increasing offerings to a broader array of students.  Preference will be given to faculty offering courses in disciplines that are under-represented in study abroad but which are likely to have high student demand, and faculty who have not worked with IGS in the past.

The four programs, listed below, include two traditional (month-long) programs, and two UDMicromesters.  The UDMicromester is a new, 3-week model for UD study abroad programs in which a single faculty director teaches one course focused on a specific theme, and the program is centered primarily on one location.  A traditional program, typically one month to five weeks in length, may have a single faculty or be co-directed, and offers two separate courses which may be in the same or different (but related) disciplines. 

Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, with a population of over 4 million, is the capital of the state of Victoria and has been ranked repeatedly as the world’s most livable city.   It is home to the University of Melbourne, one of the top institutions of higher education in the world, which has hosted UD study abroad groups for many years.  Melbourne has an extensive cinematic history, is considered one of the best places in the world to view street art, and boasts the moniker of Australia’s garden city, with an abundance of parks and tree-lined avenues.  This vibrant, multi-cultural urban center is an ideal base for study abroad programs in a wide variety of disciplines.

Tentative dates:               Jan. 3 - Feb. 3
Type:                                Traditional program
Faculty directors:             1 or 2
Enrollment minimum:       14 or 28
Courses:                          2, totaling 6-7 credits
Host institution:                Trinity College, University of Melbourne
Student lodging:               Single dormitory rooms at Trinity College, Uni. Melbourne
Faculty lodging:                Campus apartment at Trinity College, Uni. Melbourne
Overnight excursion:        2 nights - Grampians National Park and Great Ocean Road
Suggested disciplines:     English (film, literature), History, Public Policy, Psychology, Sociology


Hamilton, New Zealand
Hamilton, located on New Zealand’s north island, is home to the University of Waikato, which has not only hosted numerous UD study abroad groups over the years, but which also embraces a strong Māori identity and heritage, making it an ideal location to study themes of indigenous peoples. Several cultural centers in nearby Rotorua highlight Māori history and are a must-see for any program, in addition to the unique geothermal areas.  The program includes an extended excursion to multi-cultural Auckland, the city with the world’s highest Polynesian population and which happens to be situated on an active basaltic volcano field.

Tentative dates:                Jan. 3 - Feb. 3
Type:                                Traditional program
Faculty directors:             1 or 2
Enrollment minimum:       14 or 28
Courses:                          2, totaling 6-7 credits
Host institution:                University of Waikato
Student lodging:              Single dormitory rooms at Univ. Waikato
Faculty lodging:               Campus apartment at Univ. Waikato
Overnight excursions:      Overnight in Rotorua; 5 days in Auckland
Suggested disciplines:     Anthropology, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women’s Studies,
                                         Geology, Geography

Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a country known for its natural wonders and remarkable animal life, and for spending more on education than on defense; it boasts the longest tradition of orderly, democratic government in Central America.  UD has administered successful faculty-led study abroad programs in Costa Rica for well over 20 years, and therefore there are a wealth of resources with regard to local service providers and possible excursions and activities, depending on the faculty’s area of expertise.  Although the country’s biodiversity is necessarily a primary attraction for any group, human-services-orientated disciplines will find the available service-learning, community-based projects particularly rewarding (for example women’s empowerment initiatives, working with at-risk youth, and conservation projects).

Tentative dates:               Jan. 9-30
Type:                               UDMicromester
Faculty directors:             1
Enrollment minimum:       14
Courses:                          1, totaling 3-4 credits
Base location:                  Heredia (suburb of San José)
Student lodging:               Hotels, community housing with service learning partner*
Faculty lodging:                Same as students
Overnight excursions:      Tortuguero or Manuel Antonio National Park
Suggested disciplines:     Biology/Biodiversity, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Human Development/Family
                                         Studies, Latin American Studies, Psychology

*This site lends itself well to service-learning due to established connections with an on-site agency.
Athens, Greece
Athens, the capital of the ancient world which has been inhabited by humans for at least 7,000 years, is also home to the Athens Centre, a modern, full-service academically-oriented center that regularly hosts U.S. study abroad groups and with which UD has worked since 2001. The friendly and English-speaking Athens Centre staff arrange group housing, excursions, other logistics, and can even assist in identifying local guest speakers. Just as important, their experience and advice are invaluable in assisting faculty with planning a program best suited to their particular discipline.

Tentative dates:                Jan. 9-30
Type:                                 UDMicromester
Faculty directors:              1
Enrollment minimum:        14
Courses:                           1, totaling 3-4 credits
Host institution:                 Athens Centre
Student lodging:               Group apartments
Faculty lodging:                Apartment
Excursions:                      Myriad possibilities in and around Athens; will necessary vary depending on course
Suggested disciplines:     Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Theatre


Faculty members should have a demonstrated academic interest and experience living, working, or traveling internationally, preferably in the host country or region.  A working knowledge of Spanish is preferred (but not necessary) for Costa Rica.   Applicants must be regular, full-time faculty (tenure- or non-tenure-track) with teaching appointments who have not yet led a UD travel study program. 

Programs with one faculty director must enroll a minimum of 14 students; co-directed programs must have at least 28 participants.  Depending on the budget, a program with one faculty director enrolling at least 18 students, or a co-directed program enrolling at least 32 students, may qualify for a program assistant. 

Selected faculty are required to submit a program proposal by the standard deadline of December 1.  Prior to this date faculty should schedule an appointment with Amy Johnson, Deputy Director of IGS, to discuss course development.  Once a program is approved, faculty will work with an IGS coordinator on all aspects of program planning, preparation, student selection, and budgeting.  In the semester prior to travel, faculty are required to attend two meetings on health, safety, and student conduct; institutional liability and risk; and financial policies and reconciliation.

Faculty should be on campus to recruit, interview, and meet with students during spring and fall semester of 2015.  Faculty planning a sabbatical for spring semester 2016 should check with their dean’s office to make sure that they can teach and be paid during winter session 2016.

Faculty compensation will include the following:

    • S-contract salary commensurate with number of credit hours taught
    • One administrative credit per program for administrative work associated with non-academic aspects of directorship, to be paid when program responsibilities have been met (Credit may be split as agreed upon between co-directors.)
    • Program expenses paid as budgeted for the duration of the program (normally includes roundtrip economy airfare, U.S. and international ground transportation, per diem, lodging, group excursions and events)


    FIll out this application form today!


For general information about directing a UD study abroad program, see                                      

Fore more information, please contact:

Lisa Chieffo
Associate Director of Study Abroad
Institute for Global Studies
(302) 831-2852


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