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Faculty-Led Study Abroad

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Leading a Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program

By leading a program abroad WKU faculty provide students with an opportunity to engage a subject in an international context and experience an environment that transforms them in a way that is not possible on campus.

Faculty-led study abroad has become increasingly popular with WKU students and is a fundamental part of the university's "international reach." More than half of WKU students who study abroad participate in faculty-led programs. This reflects the national trend in which 56% of students study abroad on short-term programs.

What is a faculty-led study abroad course?

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Courses

Apply the lessons learned in the classroom through off-campus, hands-on practical learning aroudn teh world.

Faculty-Led Study Abroad (FLSA) is right for you if:

  • You want to make a foreign destination your classroom, but need help in dealing with the logistics,
  • You are running a certificate program, and desire to give your students a fresh perspective on their program,
  • You are seeking to challenge students in new ways with Honors enriched embedded courses, or
  • You want to incorporate an international experience into a semester-long course.

Anyone who can teach a course may be an FLSA faculty leader.

We also offer Program Development Grants.

What is an American Traveler course?

American Traveler Courses

American Traveler courses are non-credit programs that can be led by anyone who is an expert about an area or topic. It matters little whether the expertise comes as a result of professional study or practiced hobby, as long as you have a passion to share with others. The Study Away office serves to facilitate these trips and bring the resources of the university to the citizens of Kentucky.

There are other options to lead a group.

You may want to partner with a content expert while you lead the group on-site logistics in a place you know well. Or you may be a content expert in search of someone who knows a place you'd like to try out. We're open to discussing any option.

How do I benefit from teaching a course?

Benefits to Faculty

In addition to inspiring students, faculty may also develop international connections and explore research opportunities because of their involvement in leading short-term programs abroad.

Where do I start?

All programs start with good planning.

Start here.

How did these programs originate? 

Program Origin

In December of 2011, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs initiated a plan to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the faculty-led study abroad programs at WKU. Under the new mandate, two offices would unite their efforts: the Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning and the Office of Study Away in the Division of Extended Learning & Outreach.

DELO supports faculty-led study abroad programs through a structured system built on a partnership among the Office of Study Away, Study Abroad & Global Learning, faculty leaders, their academic departments, and colleges.A new administrative manual is under development, building upon the current Faculty-Led Study Abroad Policy Manual (rev. Oct 2011) and the Study Away Faculty Led/Approved Program Guidelines (rev. Dec 2011) and is grounded in WKU policies.

One of the key variables in achieving WKU's international goals is increasing the number of FLSA programs. The purpose of the new administrative model and OIP/DELO partnership is to make the process of creating an FLSA program more accessible and transparent to faculty.




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