The development of a new international program for students encompasses both intellectual and pragmatic preparation. Based on the experience of faculty members and administrators who have worked with such programs, a number of steps have been identified as useful to consider in the planning process.
Step 1: Meet with the Office of International Education (OIE)
The OIE is your partner in the planning and administration of your education abroad program. The initial meeting will cover your ideas for a short-term program and provide an overview for the designing, planning, and implementation processes. Please contact Kelly Watts, Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program Coordinator, for an initial planning meeting, firstname.lastname@example.org or 874-2019.
Step 2: Complete the Education Abroad Program Inventory
This inventory is designed to establish the framework for a short-term education abroad program and to have Program Directors begin to think critically about the necessary tools and steps for a successful program.
Step 3: Conduct a Site Visit (Optional)
Designing a program in Rhode Island is very different from implementing a program in an international location. The OIE recommends Program Directors unfamiliar with site location conduct a visit. Familiarity with housing, dining, local transportation and emergency services is imperative for having a successful program.
Step 4: Complete a Program Request Form
The Program Request Form serves as an acknowledgment and approval of your program with the University. A completed Program Request Form must be submitted to the OIE before the promotion of the program.
Step 5: Design a Budget
As part of the Program Request Form, Directors must submit a tentative budget. The student program fee is determined based on projected enrollment and costs.
Each program will be different with regard to what items are included in a program fee. In general, a faculty-led education abroad program fee will include the following:
Airfare can be included in the budget, if you intend to travel as a group.
A budget template is available here.
Additional Student Expenses
The following items are not included in the program fee paid by students, yet contribute substantially to the total cost of participation. When considering the overall cost of the program, it is important to keep in mind the items that students pay directly:
Once your request form is submitted, the OIE will partner with you in marketing the program to potential students and begin to receive applications.