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Program Planning and Implementation

Taking Illinois students abroad is a rewarding experience for both faculty members and students. The Study Abroad Office is glad to work with faculty as they plan their course abroad. We can help you consider issues such as budgeting, location of program (especially by considering complementing placement of other programs), on-site logistics, orientation, course delivery, student selection, outreach, and more.

The Study Abroad Office can offer faculty proposing short-term programs either full or partial assistance. Faculty who are seeking full assistance will be required to submit a Course Abroad Proposal and Planning Form by March 15 prior to a winter program offering and by July 15 prior to a summer program offering. Faculty who are seeking partial assistance will be required to submit an International Study Tour Reporting Form at least two months prior to the program departure. If you have questions about these forms, please contact Stacy Billman (

As explained in the U of I Provost's Education Abroad and International Travel Policies, all faculty leading groups abroad are required to attend at least one Risk Management meeting a year.

Each meeting will cover:

  • Incident Reporting
  • Health & Safety
  • Insurance
  • Emergency Response
  • Important documents and forms
  • Brief financial reminders

Below you'll find more information to assist you in the planning and implementation process.

Initiating New International Exchanges and Other On-Going Programs

Faculty or staff considering starting new, on-going programs or exchanges should consult Bo White at the Study Abroad Office, or their college study abroad representative for guidance about setting up a new program. Those considering offering a course abroad or study tour please see above.

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