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Summer Faculty-Led Course

Each summer, Duquesne faculty in most of our Duquesne schools develop and lead about 20 short study abroad experiences. From Liberal Arts to Health Sciences, Business, Music, and Nursing, faculty create some extraordinary learning experiences for their students. As a potential leader of a summer international course experience, know that the Center for Global Engagement is here to help you at every step in the process. This will be some of the most challenging and rewarding teaching you'll ever do, and the learning is transformative for your students. The National Survey of Student Engagement (2017) identifies study abroad as one of only six high impact learning experiences. 

Your Role as a Leader

As a leader of short-term study abroad programs, you are undertaking the direction of what undoubtedly will be one of your students' most significant and memorable academic experiences. The Provost has established the Center for Global Engagement in order to support you in this endeavor.

Center for Global Engagement's (DuqGlobal's) role
  • We can help from the early idea stage to proposal writing
  • Provide resources to prepare your students for the difficulty in adjusting to "reverse culture shock" upon return.
  • Assist in coordinating interdisciplinary programs.
  • Collaborate on marketing and promotion.
  • Facilitate the development of application and informational material
  • Provide samples and models of former successful programs and budgets.

Please contact Dr. Joe DeCrosta or Mary Beth Morris in DuqGlobal with questions or to make an appointment to discuss your proposal.

Planning and Applying for Summer Programs Abroad

Summer and Fall are the ideal times to develop Short-Term Faculty-led Study Abroad programs. Students are eager to know what will be available, so the sooner your proposals are in, the better. The committee for Summer Short-Term Study Abroad Programs will review proposals in the fall semester. Programs will be approved by November to allow for ample time to advertise and plan for your program.

Application and Committee Review Dates:
2019 Application Deadline: Friday, October 18, 2019

The Review Committee will meet during the last weeks of October to review applications. You will be informed if there is a need to meet with the committee in person prior to the meeting.

Developing a Summer Proposal - It is a 3 Step Process!

Additional resources can be found by logging onto DORI

How to get started: 

1. See the kinds of programs offered in recent years. Ex: Summer 2018, Summer 2017

2. Apply for a Faculty Development Grant to do exploratory travel. 

3. Contact the Center for Global Engagement to brainstorm. Contact Dr. Joe DeCrosta or Mary Beth Morris

The 3-Part Proposal Form:
Step 1: Academics

Step 1: Academics

You will need Academic approval from both your department and your Dean. Take special note that your Dean’s signature indicates both academic approval AND willingness to cover any possible budget shortfall.

Short-Term Study Abroad Academic Approval Form

Step 2: Budget

Step 2: Budget

Complete the Budget worksheet and Budget forms to determine the costs of your program, following Duquesne University's Budget Office guidelines.

Note: You must submit a FINAL BUDGET (rather than this Proposed Budget) to the Budget Office 30 days BEFORE departure.

  • Special budgetary considerations and policies:
  • Tuition Remission/Exchange scholarships do NOT cover short-term study abroad programs. Be certain that students and their parents know this as you are marketing your program. Students must pay the full tuition for the 3 or 6-credit course PLUS any additional costs above the tuition.
  • When budgeting for your trip and quoting pricing to students, it is best to underestimate your enrollment. This will make the price slightly higher, but you will avoid the shock and distress of requesting more funds from the students if your enrollment is not as high as you had estimated.
  • Notice that your Dean's signature on the Academic part of this proposal also commits the Dean to cover any possible budget shortfalls. This underlines the necessity for you to engage the budget process carefully and with some 'contingency funding' allotment to cover the unexpected (fligh problems, currency exchange flucuations, etc.).

Complete the Budget Worksheet (FY20 Study Abroad Short Term Worksheet)
(If prompted, "Enable Macros".)

Step 3: Concerns

Step 3: Concerns- Health, Safety & Security

Complete the Concerns Questionnaire regarding the health, safety, and security of the location/s to which you are traveling.

Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) Policy Information