Right for Me?

Questions to Consider:

1. Characteristics of a Successful Faculty Leader: Do you have what it takes?

  • Are you adventurous? Flexible? Adaptable?
  • Do you enjoy spending time with students in non-academic setting and helping them with non-academic matters?
  • Do you have a sense of humor?
  • Are you a good organizer and bookkeeper?
  • Do you have the time to do this?
  • Does your status at IUP enable you to be away and get paid extra?

2. Program Site Selection: Where should you go?

  • Where in the world have you lived and traveled?
  • Where do you feel comfortable leading a group?
  • What sites relate best to your discipline area?
  • What sites might appeal to students?
  • Where do you have professional contacts?
  • Where does IUP have contacts or infrastructure?
  • Where is IUP under-represented?

3. Term Selection: When should you go?

  • Is your site more pleasant in winter or summer?
  • Do you have other obligations during either term?
  • When can your host(s) best accommodate the group?
  • Studies have shown that typically more winter programs run vs summer programs.

4. Design of Course Menu: What courses should you teach/offer?

  • Do any of your usual course offerings lend themselves to being taught at an international site?
  • Will you be able to cover necessary course material abroad?
  • Is there someone at the host institution who could teach/co-teach?
  • Should the program be cosponsored? (i.e., sociology/cultural anthropology)

5. Definition of Target Audience: Who is your target audience and how will you recruit them?

  • Is the program relevant only to a specific major or other group?
  • Can you target feeder courses?
  • Is the program targeted to too wide an audience?
  • How will you recruit?
  • Will it be dual listed (undergrad/graduate)?
  • Will you recruit outside of IUP?
  • Will you offer a noncredit option?

6. Choice of Program Excursions: Where should you go?

  • What excursions make sense from a cultural standpoint?
  • What excursions make sense from an academic standpoint?
  • What excursions give the most bang for their buck?
  • Did you plan in free time for more touristy excursions?

7. Group Size/Capacity: What size group is right?

  • How many students can your host site handle?
  • How many students can your course handle?
  • How many students can you handle?
  • Have you discussed minimum number of students with your dean (for a contract)?

8. Financial Considerations: Can everyone afford it?

  • Will the program fee be reasonable?
  • Will other expenses be reasonable?
  • What about faculty compensation? (i.e., enough students to cover costs of faculty leader?)

Adapted from University of Delaware Study Abroad