International Programs

Study Abroad

TU Faculty-Led Programs Proposal Procedure

The Study Abroad Office welcomes early, informal consultation by faculty and units for program planning and encourages coordinated programming among departments.

Proposal Deadline:

The faculty-led program proposal submission deadline for 2015 has now passed. Proposals for programs to run in 2016 are due by April 1, 2015.

NOTE: 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.

Proposal Process:

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

Forms are currently under review.
Proposal forms for 2016 programs will be available in late January 2015.

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 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.


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

Phone: 410-704-2451

Fax: 410-704-4703



TU Study Abroad Pintrest

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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