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Professional Development

The Center for International Studies supports the university’s efforts towards comprehensive campus internationalization. Whether you’re new or a seasoned study abroad leader, we hope that you will find the tools and resources you need to further your knowledge of international education.

Workshops & Training

Throughout the year, the Center for International Studies hosts orientations, workshops and training designed for faculty and staff. The sessions vary by topic but often relate to study abroad advising, program proposals, academic pedagogy and crisis response. To learn more about a session, please email

Third Thursday Thinking Global

On the 3rd Thursday of each month, the Center for International Studies hosts a faculty interest group to hear updates from the Center, discuss best practices in teaching abroad and internationalizing courses, and provide a forum to collaborating and conversing with other globally-minded faculty.

Third Thursday Thinking GlobalSeptember 20, 20184 - 5 PMRees-Jones 351
Third Thursday Thinking Global October 18, 20184 - 5 PMRees-Jones 351
Third Thursday Thinking Global November 15, 20184 - 5 PMRees-Jones 351
Third Thursday Thinking Global January 17, 20194 - 5 PMRees-Jones 351
Third Thursday Thinking Global February 21, 20194 - 5 PMRees-Jones 351
Third Thursday Thinking GlobalMarch 21, 20194 - 5 PMRees-Jones 351
Third Thursday Thinking Global April 18, 20194 - 5 PMRees-Jones 351

Adding Intercultural and Global Learning to your Classes

We have a number of resources and can provide advice. Below are some frameworks that provide Learning Outcomes and Student Action Steps which may help you get started.

We also have a resource library in the Center for International Studies (Reed 214) with activities and assignments to help students develop intercultural and global competencies. Contact Dr. Tracy Williams for more information.


TCU Instructional Development Grants

The Instructional Development Grant Committee makes recommendations to the Associate Provost for Research regarding grants awarded to develop new courses and improve existing courses. The grants support costs which go beyond funds normally provided by departmental budgets. Previous faculty members have received awards to help develop study abroad programs and courses.

Fulbright Scholar Program

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors international exchange programs for scholars and university administrators. The core Fulbright Scholar Program attracts some 800 U.S. faculty and professionals each year to 140 countries to lecture, teach and conduct research. Recent TCU faculty have received grants to lecture or research in Panama, Lithuania, Spain and Hungary.

Faculty Seminars Abroad

Faculty development seminars are designed to provide faculty and administrators with access to rich academics, diverse intercultural experiences, and innovative approaches to learning and problem-solving that enhance syllabi, internationalize curricula, and increase global understanding on campus. The Center recommends faculty development seminars with our partners: CIEE, IES Abroad and SIT Study Abroad.

Guest Instructors Abroad

Occasionally, opportunities to teach abroad are available through our partnerships. For more information see:

Professional Associations

The field of international education offers professional development resources for networking, accreditation, education, and career opportunities. The Center for International Studies is actively involved with the following organizations: