Sample Models for Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

Sample Program Schedules

Sample Program Syllabi

Other Sample Documents

Course Format

  • Course takes place entirely abroad or on-site at host location (some meetings and/or assignments begin prior to departure or after return as needed)
  • Study abroad/study away component embedded as part of a TU course taught on-campus or online during a regular term, occurring in the beginning, middle, or end
  • Hybrid model with some class meetings taking place on home campus leading up to study abroad/study away portion


  • Faculty member(s) teaching in classroom space and/or on site (museum, cultural locale, etc.)
  • Lectures by guest speakers and local experts
  • Class(es) taught by non TU faculty (e.g. language institute, or host institution)
  • Service-learning/community engagement component integrating community service with guided instruction and reflection by faculty member or contracted local instructor
  • Research component or project
  • Language acquisition

Course designation

  • Existing TU course(s) with student learning goals and assignments adjusted to reflect and incorporate location. Course(s) offered must be applicable to the host country/region.
  • Existing TU course designation(s) for multiple topics i.e. ‘special topics’ (470-479/484) or ‘travel study’ (494)
  • A new, unique course number and title can be developed (must be approved by University Curriculum Committee)
  • TU courses offered through study abroad and study away must be of comparable academic rigor to those offered on campus. The number of credits associated with the course(s) should be based on the number of contact hours (minimum 37.5 contact hours per credit).
  • Contact hours may include classroom time, lectures, field trips/excursions, group learning activities, research, service learning, community projects, volunteer time, other academic activities, and cultural activities conducted prior to, during, and/or after the 'in-location' program dates.


  • Stay in one location for the duration of the program, possibly with day or weekend trips outside base location.
  • Travel within one or more cities or countries (may or may not arrive and depart from same location).
  • Accommodation options include hotels, youth hostels, apartments, university housing, host families, camping, etc.
  • Most programs include only a group welcome and farewell dinner. Others may include most or all meals depending on location.
  • Transportation options might include public (metro, bus, train), walking, and/or private (vans, coaches, flights). All programs include airport pick-up and drop-off (if applicable).
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