Lead a Faculty-Led Program

Faculty-Led Programs are short-term study abroad experiences led by UIW faculty members. These short-term programs are a valuable tool in UIW’s internationalization of the curriculum and contribute to UIW Study Abroad's goal of providing affordable international experiences to our students. In utilizing services from UIW-Strasbourg, sister schools, UIW’s Mexico campuses or third-party providers, faculty are welcome to develop and facilitate Faculty-Led Programs as approved by their dean and the UIW Study Abroad Office.

Find out more about how to start planning your Faculty-Led Program by attending a ' How to Lead a Faculty-Led Program 101' session or set an appointment with the Study Abroad Coordinator and Exchange Coordinator at studyabroad@uiwtx.edu.

Grant and Incentive applications are available for financial support.

Faculty-Led Program Resources

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Classroom on the Road:

Designing, Teaching and Theorizing Out-of-the-Box Faculty-Led Student Travel

Contributions by Dr. Raymond Blanton

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A Guide to Faculty-Led Study Abroad:

How to Create a Transformative Experience

Written by Dr. Lydia Andrade with contributions by Dr. Scott Dittloff and Dr. Lopita Nath

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Faculty and Education Abroad:

The Role of Faculty in Promoting Global Learning on U.S. Campuses

Written by Catherine Morris

Faculty-Led Program Providers

CEPA: Customized Educational Programs Abroad

CEPA is partnered with UIW in running UIW-Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France. Their consortium – the Global Learning Collective (“The Collective”) allows them the resources and power to expand the destinations for faculty-led programs to nearly every area of the world, including Africa, Asia and South America.

Start Planning Your CEPA!

Why CEA?

Discover how CEA can support your vision for a custom and/or faculty-led program abroad.

  • Explore Program Options: Explore the variety of academic disciplines, co-curricular opportunities, and cultural engagement activities that CEA can support across our locations.
  • Start Planning: Walk through the program lifecycle, including CEA’s approach to program development, pre-departure, arrival onsite, and post-program support.
  • Signature Programs: Learn how you can utilize CEA’s experience and expertise to develop a signature program for your university. Potential signature program models include:


Kelly Wilkinson
Regional Director, Southwest

Faculty-Led Programs During Summer Sessions

John Cabot University welcomes Faculty-led programs to our summer sessions as part of building an international community of scholars and students in Rome.

A Faculty-led program has a very simple structure:

  • Faculty bring their students to JCU for a summer session and JCU provides classroom facilities for the course. Your students are registered at your university, pay your university tuition, and receive your own university's transcripts.
  • Your students also register for one of JCU's many 3-credit summer courses.

This structure provides your program with: housing, airport pick-up, resident assistance, trips, social and cultural activities, use of JCU facilities including computer labs, a WiFi campus, access to The Frohring Library, administrative assistance with visas and the declaration of presence in Italy, and 24/7 emergency assistance, while allowing you to tailor your own study abroad program to fit your own university's goals.

A faculty-led program has the administrative and community structure of an American university. By belonging to the JCU summer community you have the advantage of our deep ties to the local community, which provides information and networks that create an even more satisfying experience for both students and faculty.

Visiting faculty enjoy being part of JCU's summer community of scholars. Our welcome dinners on JCU's terrazzo, combined with our common faculty room, allow you to make contacts that can contribute to your own professional development as well as personal enjoyment while in Rome.

JCU Faculty-led programs come with a tuition discount, resulting in an outstanding educational value for your students. For more information, contact deansoffice@johncabot.edu.

American University in Cairo

Faculty-Led Programs are short-term, tailored programs specifically designed for visiting groups of scholars and students. The programs can be study visits or credit-hour courses. The program duration ranges from one day to two months, or more. Enrolled students receive academic credit from their home university, not from AUC. Guided by a faculty leader, students may take a tour of the campus, meet other AUC students and faculty members and participate in lectures and seminars on topical issues.

The Office of International Programs coordinates the visits, including:

  • Preparing visit budgets based on an agreed contract to cover the expenses of classroom and dormitory use, lectures, ID cards and administrative fees
  • Organizing lectures by distinguished, specialized professors on different topics
  • Providing classroom space, including classroom technologies and media services, at both AUC Tahrir Square and AUC New Cairo
  • Arranging for accommodation at AUC New Cairo
  • Assisting visitors during their stay and resolving any issues they may face
  • Conducting campus tours for visitors
  • Connecting visitors to travel providers for any travel arrangements inside Egypt

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), Japan

APU is pleased to design custom-designed programs. We have built up cooperative relationships with many overseas universities and have offered programs to meet various needs. Please contact APU to discuss potential opportunities! Details of the program will be decided upon mutual consultations between the universities.

Available options

  • Intensive Japanese courses of different levels
  • Special Lectures in English
  • Tutorials
  • Company Visits
  • Field work/Field trips
  • On-campus Housing (shared rooms)
  • Activities with Japanese buddies
  • Japanese cultural activities
  • Home stay

Examples of Programs offered in the past

Languages for Business and Technology (LBAT) Program for Georgia Institute of Technology, USA; Business In Japan (BIJ) Program for St. Edward’s University, USA; Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships (ELTF) Japan study program for Asia Education Foundation, funded by the Australian Government; “Seven Days Overseas Study To Kyushu” for Yuan Ze University, Taiwan; Corporate Finance Credit Transfer Programme for Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore

A minimum of ten participants are required to hold a program.

Return completed Application

Custom Program Application Form- PDF
email us at summer@apu.ac.jp

Hong Kong Baptist University

UIW Faculty can now choose to stay either two or four weeks in July and we will provide accommodation for faculty.

We welcome Faculty-led Programmes joining our HKBU Global Summer Institute as part of building an international community of scholars and students at HKBU. We invite your faculty (visiting faculty) to bring students to HKBU for the summer programme. HKBU provides classroom facilities for your course. Your students can also take one of many credit-bearing courses offered by HKBU (optional). HKBU will provide a one-stop service which saves the visiting faculty from all the troubles on logistical arrangements while allowing them to tailor-make their own study abroad programmes to fit your university’s goal:

  • Free classroom facilities
  • Flexible duration of stay for visiting faculty (two or four weeks in July)
  • Tuition fee waiver for students
  • On-campus accommodation for students
  • Accommodation for visiting faculty
  • Cultural enrichment activities (including “Macao World Heritage Excursion” and “Exploring Hong Kong’s Urban Culture”)
  • Diverse international community
  • Arrival pick-up and visa application handling

The all-inclusive package fee starts from HK$ 7,000 (US$ 900). Please refer to the attached leaflet for details. To enrich the programme, intellectually-stimulating seminars and activities involving various stakeholders are planned to enhance students' intercultural competency.

For more information, please contact:

Charlie Chan
Tel: +852 3411 5335
E-mail: charliechan@hkbu.edu.hk

Universidad Latina De Costa Rica

Do you want to experience the pura vida lifestyle firsthand? We offer short-term programs that include Spanish and Cultural Classes mixed up with adventure during spring break and summer break. Accommodations are offered in hotels, homestay, hostel or residence.

Universidad Latina de Costa Rica offers the possibility to visit our country under a tailor-made program; these programs are developed to meet the needs and objectives from other universities or academic institutions and can be offered in English or Spanish.

We can create programs in different areas like Health Sciences, Engineering and Architecture, Business Administration and Hospitality, Social Sciences and Information and Communication Technologies. During these days, students will participate in lectures with professionals in their respective areas and they will also visit important companies from Costa Rica.

Eastern Mediterranean University

Founded in 1979, Eastern Mediterranean University is the oldest state university in North Cyprus which is a dynamic and rapidly growing institution following universal trends in undergraduate and graduate education.

Eastern Mediterranean University has more than 20,000 students from 106 countries. The academic staff of the university includes 1.100 teachers from 35 countries of the world with international experience and a high level of training.

The main campus is located a five minutes drive from the university's private recreational complex EMU Beach Club which is located on the seaside with a wonderful view of the pure Mediterranean Sea. Eastern Mediterranean University is a scientific, cultural and educational center of Northern Cyprus which is internationally recognized and has a worthy place in the world's high-quality universities.

A minimum of ten students is required for EMU custom programs.

The Office of International Programs coordinates the visits for topics including:

Art and Architecture, International Law, International Business, Management, Marketing, Business, Banking, Logistics, Organizational Behavior and Motivation, Methods of Assessment of Investment Risks, First Aid and Safety for Organizations, Computer Games Programming for Beginners, Curriculum Development, Instructional Design, Educational Technology, Materials Development, Research Methods, Data Analysis – SPSS, Web design, AUTO CAD, Photoshop, 3D Drawing, Technical Report Writing

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Universidad Internacional del Ecuador

The Office of International Programs and Interculturality develops customized programs according to the requirements of the university that requests them. The courses could be intersemestral winter or summer.

The short courses provide a comprehensive experience that includes the following services:

  • Design of programs adapted to the requirements of the applicant
  • Accommodation on campus, hotels and during planned trips
  • Involvement of academic faculties, experts in specific areas
  • Classrooms and laboratory facilities.
  • Health insurance options
  • Tourist and academic excursions
  • Visit to public institutions, companies and factories
  • Ground transportation and internal flights
  • Food inside and outside the activities
  • Permanent support to ensure the quality of the program
  • Sports and recreational activities on campus
  • Simultaneous translation service
  • Medical care on campus

Course topics are developed according to the needs of our partners. These are some examples:

Architecture and design, business, economy and administration, communication, advertising and marketing, culinary arts, ecology: sustainability and biological sciences, automotive and mechatronics engineering, health and wellness sciences, hospitality and tourism, international development, international relations, risk and emergency management, occupational health, Spanish courses and immersion in Ecuadorian culture

For more information on short courses, please contact Carolina Seaman: cseaman@uide.edu.ec.

Sichuan University in Chengdu

This program is a customized short-term intensive language program for students who want to enhance their Chinese language capability and Chinese cultural awareness. The curriculum for this program is also developed and tailored to meet both the desires of the students' home institution and the needs of the students.

During this program, you will get a glimpse of not only Sichuan University’s academia, but also Chinese culture. This program gives you a taste of student life at in China and will help you consider a full semester or full academic year at Sichuan University. This is an excellent opportunity for a brief overseas experience in China while also earning credit towards your degree. This program is also well suited for students on a tight budget because it is cheaper than a full semester program.

On top of Chinese language courses, this program offers a variety of additional courses taught in English. Additionally, these programs offer excursions and activities, which provides students with concrete opportunities to utilize their Chinese language skills.

Areas of Interest that offer English-taught courses

Software Engineering, China Studies, International Business Management, Public Management, Chinese Economy, Civil Engineering, Information Security, Business Analytics, Public Management, Tourism Culture and Management in China.

Only groups of 20+ from universities or agents are considered for this program. This program is customized from two to eight weeks any time during March through July or September through January. One to 10 credits could be offered due to the hours of the courses. The program cost is calculated after the group details are finalized and received by Sichuan University.

For more information, please contact:

Dawn Zhang
Tel: 0086-28-85401808
E-mail: nic8202@scu.edu.cn

Additional Faculty-Led Program Resources

Leading Short-Term Education Abroad Programs

  • Program Conceptualization and Proposal
  • Planning and Budgeting
  • Student Advising, Recruitment and Selection
  • Student Preparation
  • During the Program
  • Student Return and Transition

UIW Study Abroad thanks our most recent Faculty-Led Program champions!

Adesegun Oyedele, Ph.D.

  • Mexico, Universidad Incarnate Word Campus Bajio: 2020, 2019, 2018

Angelina Kiser, Ph.D.

  • London: 2019

Mark J. Stringham

  • London: 2019

Dr. Amalia Mondríguez

  • Spain: 2018

Dr. Denise Staudt, Dr. Elda Martinez and Dr. Stephanie Grote-Garcia

  • Finland: 2018

Dr. Brian K. Foutch

  • Germany: 2019, 2018, 2017

Dr. Teri Lopez

  • Mexico: 2019

Dr. Melinda Adams

  • Ireland and Scotland: 2018

Dr. Irene Gilliland

  • Vietnam/Thailand: 2019
  • South Africa: 2018

Dr. Hansita Patel

  • Spain: 2018