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Faculty at UWL have several opportunities to teach abroad inlcuding Fulbright Opportunities or faculty led and are encouraged to incorporate global learning outcomes into their domestic and international courses. 
 
IEE is requesting proposals from faculty interested in teaching a study abroad course during the 2017 – 2018 academic year. Our deadline for 2017 – 2018 winter session programs is April 1 and our deadline for 2017 – 2018 summer and spring break programs is May 1.
 
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 [ssonkowsky@uwlax.edu] 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 [evolden@uwlax.edu] 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 [ssonkowsky@uwlax.edu] 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 [evolden@uwlax.edu] 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 April 1, 2017 for Winter session 2018 programs and by May 1, 2017 for summer 2018 programs. IEE will bring final proposals to IEC for final approval.

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 international@uwlax.edu or 608-785-8016.