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Workshops

The International Center supports the development of study abroad programs that support the mission of the university and provide access to study abroad opportunities for students from a wide variety of academic disciplines. These programs are administered in accordance with institutional policies and the highest industry standards to help ensure the health, safety and security of participating MU students.

The following workshops are offered by the International Center to support future and current faculty program directors and student assistants. Faculty and staff members administering study abroad programs are provided with additional written materials to supplement these workshops. Please see the International Center's calendar of events for specific dates and times.

Developing a Proposal for a Short-term Faculty-led Program

Open to all MU faculty and staff.

Held each fall, the goal of this workshop is to provide participants with the information needed to complete a successful proposal for a new study abroad program. Participants have an opportunity to network with faculty and staff members familiar with running faculty-led study abroad programs. Discussion topics include:

  • Program director responsibilities
  • Program location and timing
  • Curriculum
  • Health, safety and security
  • Fiscal issues
  • Administrative matters

Designing and Conducting an Evaluative Site Visit

Open to all faculty and staff leading newly-approved programs.

Held each spring, the primary goal of this workshop is to help faculty and staff members design an evaluative site visit that will enable them to conduct a thorough first-hand evaluation of  specific health, safety, security and logistical matters that impact the study abroad program they plan to lead. Participants will gain familiarity with the administrative aspects of study abroad program development, including program management and program budgets. Discussion topics include:

  • Health and safety issues
  • On-site support services
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Excursions
  • Program feasibility and logistics

Health, Safety and Security in Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs: New program leaders

Open to current faculty program directors and assistants.
Upcoming workshop dates: Monday, Oct. 16 | Thursday, Nov. 16

Required for all MU faculty members planning to lead study abroad programs, the goals of this workshop are to assist program leaders in understanding their roles and responsibilities, along with the resources and support available through the International Center and the university. Faculty members are provided with guidelines for addressing health, safety and security issues impacting study abroad participants and student behavioral issues occurring on study abroad programs. Presenters include representatives from UM System General Counsel and the Office of Risk and Insurance Management. The workshop covers:

  • Individual and institutional liability concerns
  • Best practices for responsible study abroad programming
  • Student management issues
  • Student conduct
  • Student emergencies

All faculty, staff and student assistants who lead study abroad programs are required to attend one of the health and safety workshops every other year.

Health, Safety and Security in Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs: Returning program leaders

Open to faculty program directors and assistants who have led at least two international programs in the last five years.
Upcoming workshop date: Tuesday, Dec. 5

This shortened health and safety refresher workshop will include an overview of changes to policy and procedure, then focus on case studies and how to respond to a variety of incidents that may occur on a program. The goals of this workshop are for faculty members to learn from each other's past experiences and have a better understanding of best practices in managing student health and safety abroad.

Case studies will be moderated by study abroad staff, and representatives from the UM System General Counsel and the Office of Risk and Insurance Management will be in attendance to help answer questions. Attendees are expected to actively participate in case study discussions.

All faculty, staff and student assistants who lead study abroad programs are required to attend one of the health and safety workshops every other year.

Group Dynamics and Cross-cultural Learning on Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs

Open to current faculty program directors and assistants.

This optional workshop will provide resources and tools to assist faculty members leading study abroad programs to develop healthy group dynamics, facilitate cross-cultural learning, foster development of transferable skills and guide students through cultural transitions. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions, discuss challenges and share ideas that have worked well.

Finances for International Center Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs

Open to current International Center faculty program directors.

This workshop is exclusively for faculty program directors leading an International Center-administered program. The goal of this workshop is to increase faculty directors’ awareness of MU accounting policies, as well as resources and support available through the International Center in regard to program finances. The workshop covers:

  • Forms for cash advances
  • Rules for handling university funds abroad
  • Explanation of approved program expenses
  • Procedures for handling and recording receipts
  • Information about paying honorariums, tips and deposits

All faculty members who have not previously led programs administered by the International Center are required to attend this workshop. Returning faculty program directors are strongly encouraged to attend every year in case there are changes in accounting procedures. Directors will be contacted by Morgan Swartz, assistant director of study abroad for faculty-led programs, with workshop information at least one month before the start of the their study abroad programs.