Short-Term Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

In our ongoing commitment to internationalize the curriculum and to develop new and unique international education experiences for our students, Wheaton faculty are encouraged to develop short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs. These programs typically run during the January break or the summer. The Center for Global Education provides a great deal of support in organizing these programs. Interested faculty would be expected to prepare a proposal as a means of securing approval for such programs.

Faculty are encouraged to follow closely the Faculty-led Proposal Guidelines (pdf) in developing the proposal for such programs. Staff at the Center for Global Education are willing and available to assist in developing the proposal, particularly in conceptualizing how the program could be managed within the constraints of the dates of travel as well as in developing the program budget.

Proposals must be submitted to the Center for Global Education at least six months prior to proposed travel dates.

Proposals for Summer 2019 programs must be submitted by Sunday September 30, 2018.

Please contact the Center for Global Education at ext. 4950 if you have any questions. Proposals must include educational objectives and outcomes; logistic and administrative details (e.g. sample itinerary); approval from your Department Chair and a self-sustaining budget (meaning that the number of students required to run the program must generate enough income to sustain the cost of the program including faculty stipend(s).)


We encourage you to use our partners as a resource:

Many of our partner organizations and institutions are eager to help you design and/or implement a short-term faculty-led study abroad program. They can be as involved as you want them to be.  Some providers have a staff dedicated to “customized” programs. Less risk, less hassle, more time to focus on the academics.


Helpful resources:

Faculty-led Proposal Guidelines (pdf)

Rubric Excellent Column (pdf)

Faculty-led budget calculator (xlsx)

Wheaton Faculty Director Handbook (pdf)


Emerson Grant Funding

The Center for Global Education wants all students to be able to participate in international academic experiences with faculty. Scholarships are made available from the Emerson fund to aid students with financial need who wish to attend January or summer overseas programs. Scholarships of $500. $1000, and $1500 are awarded automatically to students with low, medium and high need.