Faculty and staff accompanying TCU students abroad must follow the Procedures for TCU Sponsored Activities Away from Campus, outlined by the Chancellor’s Cabinet. Global Learning Programs and Departmental Programs are the typical models for taking students abroad.

Faculty-Led Global Learning Programs

What Are Global Learning Programs

Global Learning Programs are short-term study abroad programs led by TCU faculty and managed by the Center for International Studies. These programs provide rich, intensive, site-based learning opportunities for students. Hallmarks include:

  • Academic content contextualized in broader world and situated within the Center for International Studies’ Global Realities
  • Experiential and holistic learning opportunities
  • Academically rich programming which differ from classroom-based learning

Global Learning Programs are approved through a proposal selection process. Once approved, the Center for International Studies provides holistic support, assisting with student selection, contracts, billing, scholarships & aid, enrollment, orientation, insurance and more.

Planning and Designing a Program

Faculty should begin planning their program proposals at least 18 months in advance. Proposals must be approved by your academic college before they are submitted to the Center for International Studies.

In the planning stage, think about how to turn a course into a Global Learning Program. If it is a new course, run it through your Curriculum Committee. You can also apply for an Instructional Development Grant to help develop your study abroad program and courses.

If this is your first time proposing a Global Learning Program, plan to come to one of the workshops below. The workshops provide information on how to plan a successful program and is available for both new and returning faculty.

Both new and returning faculty are encouraged to use the following resources:

The Proposal Process

The proposal process for summer study abroad programs is outlined in the Call for GLP 2018 Programs. The first phase of the proposal process allows you to share your general idea for the study abroad course, including your program outline and learning goals.
Proposal Materials-Phase 1
Due June 1, 2017

The first phase will be evaluated by a committee of faculty, who will select those to go on to the second phase. Approximately 15 to 18 faculty-led programs will be selected to complete Phase 2 for summer 2018, which includes a detailed itinerary and budget.
Phase 2

The Proposal Review Process

The faculty advisory board reviews proposals on the following criteria:Purpose & Goals – The program’s purpose, goals and educational objectives are consistent with and support the Center for International Studies. The proposed program is appropriate in scope and scale.

Program Concept & Design – Program is rich and effectively utilizes the site to enhance the learning experience. Course is as academically rigorous as on-campus courses. Course(s) meet at least one TCU Core Curriculum requirement and/or fulfill major or minor course requirement(s).

Connection to Global Realities – Program makes a clear connection to at least one Global Reality and provides opportunity for rich exploration of the topic.

Diversity – Program fits well into disciplinary and geographic diversity of programs offered, as well as the strategic plans of the department, college and university offerings.

Faculty Knowledge & Experience – Faculty are knowledgeable about the country and culture to be visited and have experience teaching related coursework. (

Program Management & Leadership – The faculty have demonstrated previous experience mentoring students and responding to student needs outside the classroom.

Recruitment Strategies – The program has a natural audience. The faculty have put thought into recruiting beyond the base audience. The program does not compete with other programs.

Length – Program meets minimum length requirements and utilizes time abroad effectively. The length is sufficient to meet learning outcomes.

Faculty criteria – Program Leader has followed all the required procedures for proposing a program and meet all required criteria.

Completeness – All requested information is included on time with required signatures.

Optional: Previous Success – Faculty has an established record of effective program management including recruitment, following policies and procedures, attending trainings, conducting orientations, and balancing budgets. Previous iterations of the program have provided participants with a positive experience aligned with global learning objectives.

Recruiting & Enrolling Students

The Center for International Studies assists with recruitment and enrollment of Global Learning Programs. To assist with recruitment, the Center will create a program brochure on our website, host a campus-wide Study Abroad Fair, and advertise your program in advising and info sessions. The Center also oversees the student application and enrollment process. Students apply on-line and the Center reviews their applications, sends them admission materials, accepts their deposits, and provides them permits to your classes.

Faculty members leading summer programs are the most effective recruiters. Students respect faculty as mentors, so they play a critical role in the recruitment process. Review theses Recruitment Strategies you can use to promote your program.

Preparing for Travel

Prepare yourself and your students for travel abroad

  1. Attend the Center for International Studies pre-departure workshop for faculty.
  2. Complete the Faculty & Staff Leader Orientation on Global TCU, once per year.
  3. Register your travel on the Faculty & Staff International Travel Registry.
  4. Host a pre-departure meeting and share your Health & Safety Handout to prepare students for general and local risks.

Finalizing Contracts & Payments

Coming soon