International Programs

Study Abroad

TU Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs Proposal Procedures

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

Submitting a Proposal

Proposals for programs to run in 2017 are due by Friday, April 1, 2016.

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 should submit the TU Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Proposal to the Towson University Study Abroad Office by the deadline.

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). 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.

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

Proposals are reviewed by the Faculty-Led Programs Subcommittee of the Faculty Committee on Study Abroad. Assessment criteria include but are not limited to the following:

  • 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.

The subcommittee may request additional information to inform the review process. Faculty members will be notified within one month of the proposal deadline regarding the outcome of their proposal. Faculty members will be notified within one month of the proposal deadline regarding the outcome of their proposal.

Program Guidelines and Samples

Sample syllabi, 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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