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Faculty Led Study Abroad Programs
Leading a group of students abroad is a professionally rewarding experience! Many UWL faculty and staff have taught undergraduate and graduate students in an international setting. Students and program leaders alike find the experience to be a highlight of their academic and professional careers. 

International Education & Engagement is here to help you develop one of these unique learning opportunities.
IEE is requesting proposals from faculty interested in teaching a study abroad course during the 2018 – 2019 academic year. Our deadline for 2018 – 2019 winter session programs is February 1 and our deadline for 2018 – 2019 summer and spring break programs is August 1.
We are no longer running the UWL Galway or UWL London Program. We seek proposals developed by faculty that best demonstrate the value of using the host country as the classroom. IEE will assist faculty with program ideas, location considerations and various models and levels of support needed to meet the needs of their program and their academics. 
We have changed the application process and hope that program leaders find it helpful as they develop high quality international experiences for UWL students. Applications will be submitted to IEE through an online application portal. Interested faculty should contact [] Samy Sonkowsky to request an application portal log-in ID.
We hope to see a variety of proposals across a range of academic disciplines and geographic locations. We encourage faculty to consider partnering with one of our study abroad program providers (CEA, API, etc.) that can offer comprehensive support and services in the planning and operation of the program.
Program leaders should contact IEE with questions regarding this new process.
  • If you are considering a new program and have never led a program in the past, please contact [] Emelee Volden and arrange a time to discuss your ideas and to learn more about the expectations of IEE & IEC.
  • If you have already led a program or are proposing a program to a location you have extensive experience in, please contact [] Sami Sonkowsky for questions about the application process.

We are also in the process of creating a Faculty Led Study Abroad Handbook that provides information on all criteria required to create a program, policies and procedures for developing and leading a program and other crucial information that will be helpful at all stages of leading a program. If you would like to receive this handbook please contact [] Emelee Volden. This is a work in progress and we will post this handbook to IEE's website once we have included all the necessary information and have confirmed all the policies with various units on campus and with UW System.

Faculty/staff proposing a study abroad program must submit a detailed proposal to International Education & Engagement (IEE). The online application proposal requires information such as:

  • Program & Academic Overview
  • Cultural & Country Expertise
  • Course Requirements, Itinerary & Excursions
  • Cultural Integration (including importance of the location)
  • Letters from support from department chair & Dean

These materials are due to IEE by February 1, 2018 for Winter session 2019 programs and by April 1, 2018 for summer 2019 programs. IEE will bring final proposals to IEC for final approval.

UWL Faculty also have several opportunities to teach abroad inlcuding Fulbright Opportunities.

UWL's policy regarding recreational travel

Recreational programming has been defined as programs that do not provide an academic credit or a community integration (service learning) component. These programs are identified as travel intended for the enjoyment of the participant. Recreational travel arranged independently by UWL faculty or staff may be coordinated by the faculty/staff member as an individual, not as employees of UWL. UWL, in compliance with UW System, will not support programs that do not contain educational value. Students and staff participating in these non-sponsored programs do so at their own risk.

Questions can be directed to IEE via or 608-785-8016.