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Planning a Faculty-led Seminar Abroad: Site Visit Grant (Proposal Deadlines: February 1, 2014 & October 1, 2014)

This grant provides $2,250 to support a site visit to explore the possibilities for creating a rich learning environment for your students. What activities would students engage in? Where would they be conducted? Who would students interact with and how would those interactions be shaped? All of these and a host of other questions regarding housing, transportation and the like can be explored during a brief site visit planning trip. This is typically done during the academic year prior to the anticipated seminar. This grant may be used for travel costs, per diem expenses, and related program development supplies. It may also be used to support a Graduate Assistant involved in program development.

Application Guidelines

Proposal Cover Sheet

Understanding and Expanding Illinois Centers Abroad: Familiarization Grant (Applications will be accepted on an on-going basis)

Illinois Centers Abroad are among our richest resources for enhancing international education, yet they have been visited by a limited number of faculty. This grant encourages faculty from many different academic areas to visit a field-site. In addition to learning about the field-site, these site visits provide an opportunity to explore the curriculum of the Center [and host university(s)] and to see how they might incorporate new academic areas responding to student and departmental interest.

Visits can be arranged individually or in small groups of three or four faculty. Ideally visits include class visitations; discussions with faculty and staff; and exploration of local community settings. They will be arranged by Student International Academic Affairs and participating departments.

The grant includes international transportation and three to four days at the field-site. To apply, please submit a letter to Bo White, Interim Director, Student International Academic Affairs. The letter should explain the reasons for your interest in visiting a particular field-site and should be accompanied with a letter of support from your Department Head.

Building a New Field-site: A Collaboration (Proposals will be accepted on an on-going basis.)

Faculty, departments or others interested in developing a sustainable semester or academic year program program abroad are encouraged to send us a brief note outlining your interests. We will respond by setting up a series of meetings to discuss your ideas. In general, new field-sites need to be able to attract 20 to 30 students each semester and should be supported by a network of sponsoring departments or units.

There is no grant application. Rather, as conversations develop and sufficient on-campus support is demonstrated, SIAA will work with interested parties to develop this possibility. Support for sites may be included. We look forward to working with you.

Integrating Education Abroad into Departmental Planning: A Consultancy

The goal of this consultancy is to provide an opportunity for your department to understand and develop its potential in international education and especially education abroad.

We offer hundreds of study abroad locations and thousands of courses of study to our students.

  • Which of these best responds to student, departmental, or college goals and needs?
  • How can we facilitate the learning needs of your students and ease credit articulation difficulties for them?
  • What are your departmental strengths or goals for international education?
  • How can we maximize these strengths and goals in the educational opportunities we offer your students abroad?
  • How can we best recognize and maximize the possibilities of on-site learning within your on-campus curriculum?

In responding to these and related questions we contemplate a series of meetings between staff of SIAA/SAO/IPS and departments or colleges.

We will provide you with a detailed summary of:

  • where students majoring in your department have studied abroad over the past three years
  • course articulations your department has carried out with institutions around the world over the past five years. This includes host universities, course titles, and equivalents.
  • universities and other institutions (over 100) already available to your students.

We would like to know:

  • your department's international goals and plans.
  • your departmental preferences regarding international and study abroad partnerships.
  • the special international competencies or interests of your faculty.

Based on the above information we would like to work with you in creating advising sheets for majors in your field regarding preferred options for study abroad.

Contact Information

For additional information on any of the above, please contact Bo White, Interim Director, ( of Student International Academic Affairs.

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