Spring Term Abroad Resources for Faculty

Leading a Spring Term Abroad (STA) course is a challenging and rewarding experience. Successful STA courses are a result of a collaborative effort between program directors, the Center for International Education staff, departments and 3rd party providers. All STA courses carry the endorsement of the International Education Committee, the sponsoring Dean and Department Chair, and have been pre-approved by the Committee on Courses and Degrees.

Proposal Process

1. Initial Request - Faculty with an interest in proposing a new or continued Spring Term Abroad 2022 program are invited to complete an Initial Request Form by 31 January 2021. Please send a completed form to the Study Abroad Coordinator (jmurphy@wlu.edu). Faculty submitting an Initial Request Form will receive further instructions from the Center for International Education prior to completing the online proposal. The Initial Request Form is available as an editable PDF or a Word document. Electronic signatures are welcomed. 

2. Review the Faculty Guidelines, Risk Management Guidelines, and Timeline.

3. The Proposal Portal is accepting proposals for Spring Term Abroad 2022 courses. The deadline to submit a new or continuing STA proposal is March 31st, 2021. Proposals are reviewed by the International Education Committee. After submitting, the faculty member(s) will hear from the International Education Committee, regarding preliminary plans and advice. Once the proposal is approved, additional information will be provided in the Proposal Portal. 

Spring Term Abroad Courses Deferred from 2020 or 2021:

  • Even if your course was previously approved, please complete an Initial Request Form to ensure the appropriate Dean and Department head endorse the course.
  • If you have a previous proposal in Terra Dotta, email the Center for International Education to have it moved to 2022. Please review the proposal and click submit. Proposals will be editable until submitted.
  • If your past proposal utilizes the paper form, please complete an online proposal in the portal (Step 3).

Tips for New Courses:

  • Discuss your program idea with CIE and identify areas where you have questions or need support.
  • Work with CIE to identify a provider/partner to assist you with on-site logistics.
  • Conduct a site visit to become familiar with your program location, on-site partner, and to perform a "test run" of your program; funding is available through the Center for International Education.

Program Providers and Partners:

In nearly all cases, faculty should use a third-party provider to make arrangements for housing, classroom facilities, transportation, special programs/events, meals (in some cases), and other details and logistics in the host country. W&L has existing affiliations with study abroad program providers.

Explore custom programming options:
Accent GlobalApi AbroadCET Academic ProgramsCIEEIES AbroadIFSAISAOxford Study Abroad ProgramSchool for International TrainingSpanish Studies Abroad.

CIE can recommend other approved program providers in addition to this list if needed. You will have the opportunity to meet providers at the Study Abroad Fair each September. 

How to Access the Proposal Portal:

If you already started a proposal and need to access it again, visit offcampus.wlu.edu. You should be brought directly to the Faculty-Led Course Proposal. If not, click the drop-down menu in the upper left-hand corner (it will appear like a house or a 3-line menu bar, depending on your landing page). Click applicant, then "Faculty-Led Course Proposal." For more instructions and screenshots, visit this page.

Jillian Murphy, Study Abroad Coordinator
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