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Kyle McCarthy, faculty director of the Winter Session 2017 Costa Rica/Panama entomology and wildlife ecology program, led his students through the 14-mile round-trip journey to the top of Cerro De La Muerte and back. 

World as classroom

IGS offers workshops, resources for faculty interested in directing a study abroad program

Each year, University of Delaware faculty directors from all of UD’s seven colleges lead study abroad programs to dozens of destinations. In 2017-18, they range from Antarctica to Vietnam.

Faculty hoping to refine an existing program or launch a new one are invited to attend a “How-To" workshop on Monday, March 13.

Hosted by the Institute for Global Studies (IGS) and facilitated by Lisa Chieffo, associate director for study abroad, the afternoon event will cover a range of topics including student recruitment, itinerary planning, academic considerations, and program site selection, among others.

“At this session, prospective faculty directors will learn about what makes a good program — pedagogically and interculturally — and hear about the challenges and benefits of interacting with students in a non-traditional environment,” said Chieffo.

The workshop will take place Monday, March 13, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in Room 102 of McDowell Hall. Faculty who plan to attend should register by emailing Lisa Chieffo on or before March 10.

Launched during the fall semester, the IGS Course Development Tool is also available to both returning and new faculty directors. For more details on the IGS Course Development Tool, contact Jorge Cubillos, professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

The application for summer 2018 study abroad program proposals is officially open and available online. Faculty should apply by 5 p.m. on July 1.

About the Institute for Global Studies

The Institute for Global Studies was created in 2009 to enhance the international dimensions of teaching, research and outreach at the University of Delaware. IGS provides leadership and support for programs and experiences that contribute to the education of informed, skilled, open-minded citizens of the world.

Best known for coordinating the University’s study abroad program, IGS also awards scholarships and grants to faculty and students for a number of global opportunities, and administers internationally-recognized State Department-sponsored programs such as the UD Fulbright Initiative, Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Student Leaders Institute, Mandela Washington Fellowship Program for Young African Leaders, and most recently the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership (SUSI-WL) program.

IGS sponsors such signature events as Global Month each fall and country-specific celebrations each spring.

IGS collaborates with other global partners on campus, including the Office for International Students and Scholars, the Confucius Institute and the Center for Global and Area Studies. In addition, IGS partners with Enrollment Management to coordinate the UD World Scholars Program.

To stay up-to-date on everything happening at IGS, follow along @UDGlobal on Instagram and Twitter.


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