International Programs

Study Abroad

TU Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs Proposal Procedures

The Study Abroad Office welcomes early, informal consultation by faculty and units for program planning and encourages coordinated programming among departments. Please use the anchor links below to skip to section you are interested in reviewing.

Submitting a Proposal

Proposals for programs to run in 2016 are due by Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

The submission deadline is the same for all Towson University faculty-led programs to run in the same calendar year (regardless of the term). Although the deadline may appear to be early, proposals must be received by this date in order to offer a balanced array of programs and have sufficient time to develop and promote them.

Faculty and staff interested in proposing a faculty-led study abroad program (new or repeat) should submit the TU Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Proposal to the Towson University Study Abroad Office by the deadline.

NOTE: Due to the critical role the faculty director plays in recruitment for the program, faculty who will be absent from campus (sabbatical, extended leave, etc.) for any part of the academic year prior to the proposed program may not be eligible to apply. Please contact the Study Abroad Office for more information.

Review Process

The Study Abroad Office welcomes early, informal consultation by faculty and units for program planning and encourages coordinated programming among departments. Academic units and colleges are responsible for review of program and course subject matter and instructional delivery methods. TU courses offered abroad must be of comparable academic rigor to those offered on campus and offer significant enhancement to the on-campus offerings. Study abroad program proposals should originate with faculty and carry the endorsement of the chair(s) and dean(s) of the sponsoring TU department(s) and college(s).

The Faculty-Led Programs Subcommittee of the Faculty Committee on Study Abroad assesses each proposal based on (but not limited to) the following criteria:

  • Number of programs, disciplines, and locations needed for each term

  • Number of programs (repeat and new) that can be managed based on Study Abroad staff resources

  • Anticipated student interest/demand in course(s) (prerequisites, # relevant majors/minors, cross-listing with other academic departments)

  • Anticipated student interest/demand in location/region

  • Feasibility of program itinerary, logistics, and budget*

  • Opportunities for cultural immersion/exposure to the local culture

  • Faculty member’s ability to promote the program and recruit students

  • Previous enrollment numbers (repeat programs only)

*All study abroad programs must be financially self-supporting, which means all costs of the program are met by charging the students the necessary fee. The program must not be designed in such a way as to make it too expensive for students from a variety of economic situations.

Faculty members will be notified within one month of the proposal deadline regarding the outcome of their proposal.

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Guidelines and Samples

Sample syllabi and program schedules and general guidelines for program parameters are available to assist you in the proposal process. Reviewing these documents prior to submitting your proposal may address some basic questions and provide examples of successful past proposals.


Study Abroad Office
Rm. #408, Psychology Building
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2451

Fax: 410-704-4703



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Student group in France


"To see the students get so excited over a sleepy corner of a museum, or a conversation with a local in a pub, or a guest speaker describing something previously unknown...invaluable."

Lisa Turowski - Dept. of Mass Communication and Communication Studies






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