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2018 call for proposals: Short-term study abroad programs

Filed in News and announcements by on October 18, 2017

Deadline for submission: Jan. 27, 2018

Short-term faculty-led programs are programs on which University of Missouri faculty or adjunct faculty provide academic instruction abroad for MU credit. These programs are typically up to eight weeks in length and are offered during the summer term, winter break or spring break.

The International Center study abroad staff promotes and supports international education opportunities for the MU community by developing and administering well run and academically challenging study abroad programs that support the academic mission of the university. The study abroad staff works to provide study abroad opportunities for students from all academic disciplines that meet students’ curricular needs. Faculty-led study abroad programs provide a unique opportunity to add an international dimension to the MU curriculum by utilizing the international learning environment as a classroom.

Recognizing the important role that academic departments have in promoting and sustaining study abroad programs and in building optimal connections between MU courses taught on campus and courses taught abroad, the International Center seeks to support short-term study abroad programs that are a demonstrated priority for the academic department of the faculty member(s) proposing the program. In many cases, more than one faculty member is willing to lead these programs on an alternating basis and the academic department will select the faculty member who will lead the program each year.

Faculty members, with strong support from their departments and schools/colleges, are invited to submit proposals for winter breaks 2018/19 and 2019/20, spring break 2019 and summer 2019 study abroad programs to be administered by the International Center. In support of MU’s pledge to significantly increase study abroad participation as outlined in the university’s commitment to IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, preference will be given to proposals that address two or more elements of the competitive priorities listed below. The International Center is under no obligation to support any new proposals; however, all proposals will be considered.

2018 competitive priorities

  • Program is demonstrated priority for the academic department.
  • More than one faculty member within the department is willing to lead the program.
  • Program offers course(s) that fulfill requirements for a major/minor within the academic department.
  • Program meets curricular needs not met by MU’s current study abroad programs.
  • Program is designed to be affordable for students.


  1. Email an electronic copy of the complete proposal packet to
    • Completed International Center Short-term Study Abroad Program Proposal
    • Course descriptions and syllabuses for all program courses
    • Tentative program itinerary, including dates or number of days in all locations and all proposed excursions (can be incorporated into the structure of the syllabus if preferred)
    • Teaching evaluation summaries for all courses you have taught at MU over the last two years
  2. Have letters of support from department chair and dean sent to If courses from more than one department will be offered, a letter of support from each department chair must be submitted.


  • November/December 2017: Developing a Proposal for a Short-term Faculty-led Program workshops will provide a review of the proposal process and answer questions, held in N52 Memorial Union:
    • 3–4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14
    • 1–2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5
  • Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018: Application deadline
  • Monday, March 15, 2018: Program selection results announced

Important notes

  • The International Center seeks to support one to two exceptional proposals that support its competitive priorities. Decisions will be announced March 15, 2018.
  • Incomplete proposals will not be considered. Electronic copies of all materials must be received by the deadline.
  • If you are proposing for the first time, please review the center’s information for faculty and staff and attend a Developing a Program for Short-term Faculty-led Program workshop.
  • Minimum enrollment requirements. To maximize university resources and provide affordable programs for MU students, the target enrollment for all programs is a minimum of 10 students.
  • Faculty in divisions that administer their own study abroad programs should consult with their respective international office regarding program development policies and procedures. These include the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; College of Business; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Human Environmental Sciences; Office of Service-Learning; School of Journalism.

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