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Propose a program

The best way to start planning a new program is to survey students to assess their interest in study abroad destinations and course options. To determine if there is a need for a new program, consider:

  • Current options: Does MU currently offer study abroad programs in the same location or with the same academic offerings? If so, what would make your program unique? Or is there a high demand for that type of program?
  • Student demand: Why would MU students be interested in participating on the program? How might you assess potential interest? How might you develop interest?
  • Academic fit: How will your program help students fulfill major, minor or general education degree requirements?

Additional considerations include: location, timing and duration, academics and risk management.

The director of the International Center has been designated by the MU chancellor to review all proposals for new faculty-led programs in accordance with the Collected Rules and Regulations of the UM Board of Curators. The specific review process, however, differs according to which office administers the program.

International Center-administered programs

The International Center partners with faculty members across campus to develop and administer faculty-led programs (see current list). The center’s study abroad staff works closely with department chairs and deans' offices to add a global dimension to students' MU educations through these programs. In order to ensure excellence, sustainability and alignment with departmental priorities, the International Center has established a competitive process for approving new faculty-led programs. Faculty interested in submitting a program for consideration should review the most recent call for proposals for current competitive priorities, deadlines and the proposal submission process.

Prior to submitting a proposal, faculty are ecouraged to attend a Developing a Proposal for a Short-term Faculty-led Program Workshop. Those unable to attend one of these workshops should contact the director of study abroad to set up an appointment to discuss the proposal process.

Divisional office-administered programs

Faculty and staff in divisions that have their own study abroad offices (i.e., College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, College of Engineering, College of Education, Trulaske College of Business and School of Journalism) or in departments that administer their own programs, should submit proposals for new faculty-led programs to their respective offices according to their procedures and deadlines. The divisional office provides primary support for development and administration of these programs.

In addition, the program director must complete and submit the Divisional Office Short-term Study Abroad Program Proposal to be reviewed by the director of the International Center. Please submit completed proposals to the director of study abroad.