What resources does the Center for International Studies have to help me design a study abroad program?
The Center for International Studies has a number of resources to help. Our 3rd Thursdays faculty group is a great place to start. Join us for conversation on study abroad program development and collaboration with colleagues. In addition, on my.tcu.edu, under TCU Abroad you can find program vendors, curriculum ideas, and more.
The Center for International Studies offers workshops, training, and gatherings for TCU faculty and staff interested in international education. We advertise events on our Professional Development page, which also offers information about funding, professional associations, and other opportunities within the field.
We encourage you to secure approval from your dean about this at least 6 months prior to departure. With dean's approval, you can then begin to work through the steps of Traveling with Students Abroad.
Yes, you can apply for an Instructional Development Grant through TCU Research and visit with your Dean or Unit Head under which the course will be offered. Unfortunately, the Center for International Studies does not have separate funding to create programs.
I have a great opportunity for a partnership abroad. How can I develop a formal agreement between our institutions?
Partnerships, both formal and informal, can advance the work of individual faculty and staff as well as the university’s mission. The most accessible types of partnerships are MOUs – Memorandum of Understanding. Formal agreements with other universities require extensive research and broad support, and are generally undertaken only after an MOU or other partnership has been in place for several years.
Study abroad students on TCU or TCU-Approved Programs earn TCU credit (not transfer credit) that applies towards their major, minor, core or general elective hours and counts towards their TCU GPA.
Generally one person in a department is assigned to approve study abroad courses for the major or minor. Elective credits and Core are approved by the dean’s office. Students should provide a course description with their Credit Approval Form, and syllabi may be available upon request. It is not necessary to match courses precisely if the course meets the intent of the major, minor or TCU Core.
Please refer them to our office. Students cannot receive study abroad credit for work on a non-approved program, but they can petition to participate in highly prestigious programs like the London School of Economics.
Yes. Students participating in TCU or TCU-Approved programs can apply for merit and need-based study abroad scholarships. Regular financial aid also applies. Non-credit and non-approved programs are not eligible for scholarships and aid.
We regularly evaluate our offerings and look for strategic partnerships to enhance our portfolio of programs. Let us know if you have programs of interest. Without formal vetting, TCU faculty and staff should not suggest volunteer, intern, or study abroad programs directly to students. If a program appears to be endorsed by a faculty or staff member, dean’s approval is required.
Yes, all TCU students, faculty and staff traveling abroad on TCU programs or business are covered under the university’s global assistance and insurance plan with On Call International. We verify coverage through the Global TCU Travel Registry, so be sure to register your travel!
The Global TCU Travel Registry records international travel for TCU faculty and staff. It is a critical component of TCU's international emergency response system and is used to verify insurance coverage with On Call International. All TCU employees traveling internationally on TCU business or using TCU funds must register their travel.
I have heard I will use per diem rates for meals abroad on my reimbursement. Where can I find that information?
The per diem policy is not university-wide. It applies to faculty and staff in certain colleges/units that have notified Financial Services. To learn more about the Per Diem Policy & Rates, visit the International Travel page.