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Study Abroad

Proposing a program

UW Faculty-led programs are an opportunity for UW students to work with a UW faculty member in a specific discipline and country. UW Study Abroad is proud to support programs led by our faculty and we ensure that they are academically rigorous, financially accessible, and integrated with courses of study. We are particularly interested in programs that:

  • Engage students with faculty research and areas of expertise
  • Offer cross-college collaborations, blended classrooms, and service or internship opportunities
  • Align with the UW Race and Equity Initiative
  • Thoughtfully serve students and disciplines underrepresented in the study abroad community

Get started by submitting a program proposal

  • The proposal provides information about the program structure, academic content and courses, on-site logistics, and finances.
  • We can work with you to identify and address health and safety issues.
  • This step is required for new and recurring programs.
  • All study abroad proposals require a preliminary budget and approval by the sponsoring department and college.

Information sessions

For more assistance getting started, come to an information session on proposing a new program. We will cover important policies, vendor selection and timelines. All information sessions will be in Schmitz Hall room 450.

If you are unable to make any of these times, contact us at studyabroad@uw.edu to set up a meeting with a member of our staff.

  • Friday, June 2nd, 10am – 11am
  • Tuesday, July 11, 10am – 11am
  • Thursday, August 17, 2pm – 3pm

Next steps

Step 1

  • Discuss the concept for your program with your department chair. Get their support and permission to teach off campus. Discuss your teaching load and compensation options.
  • Consult your department administrator about any decisions made by your chair regarding leave, teaching loads and compensation.
  • Read the Program Director job description to understand your responsibilities.
  • Consult the Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practice to learn about programming best practices.
  • Reach out to the Faculty-led program team to discuss your concept or ask questions.
  • Attend a new program proposal information session – dates, times and location listed above.
  • Consult the Education abroad and pedagogical tools section of our website for information on curriculum development and inclusive program design.

Step 2

  • Review the Faculty-led program policies. This page will guide you in completing the program proposal. Please consult these policies throughout the proposal process.
  • Determine your program term and the number of credits:
Academic year Summer quarter Short-term Exploration Seminar
Term Autumn, winter, or spring Summer Summer A / Summer B Early fall
Length 9 to 11 weeks 8 to 9 weeks Minimum 28 days Minimum 21 days
Credits 12+ 12+ 6 – 12 5

Step 3

  • Review the Program selection criteria to learn how UW Study Abroad will review and evaluate the proposal.
  • Complete the UW Faculty-led Study Abroad Program Proposal application and program budget (links below).

Proposal application

UW Study Abroad has moved the proposal process online. Things to note about the new system:

  • The individual leading the study abroad program must author the proposal. If you work with a department that provides assistance with the proposal process, please check with your department contact about how to proceed before opening an application.
  • UW Study Abroad will facilitate both Departmental Chair and Dean sign off on proposals. The chair of your department does not need to have signed off on the proposal by the deadline below, unless otherwise communicated to you by your department.
  • UW Study Abroad will no longer accept the word document version of the program proposal.

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Tip: once you have started a proposal, you can work at your own pace and save your progress. To return to your proposal application, visit our homepage and log into the UWSA online application system with your UW Net ID and password. 

Program budget templates

Use the Creating a proposal budget webpage for detailed instructions on how to develop a program budget.

Budget template 

Budget template – Rome Center

Budget template – Leon Center

Special review for countries with travel warnings

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If you have questions about this process, you can write to UW’s Global Travel Security Manager.

Apply for funding

Consider applying for the Global Innovation Fund. This grant was established by the Office of Global Affairs to seed new and innovative programming in study abroad at UW. For more information, visit the Office of Global Affairs website.

Step 4

  • Submit your program proposal and budget to UW Study Abroad via the online application system.
  • UW Study Abroad will facilitate both Departmental Chair and Dean sign off. The chair of your department does not need to have signed off on the proposal by the deadline below, unless otherwise communicated to you by your department.

Your proposal must be submitted by the following deadlines:

Proposed Program Term Program Proposal Due to UWSA
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring August 31
Early Fall  October 31

We ask for proposals well in advance because planning a program takes time. There are several benefits to the proposal submission schedule:

  • Programs are approved earlier, which allows for a longer student recruitment window.
  • We have more lead time to work on creative solutions to issues that arise.
  • Students are informed of upcoming offerings earlier and can adjust their academic plan accordingly.
  • UW Study Abroad is able to view all the proposals at one time, allowing us to advise on disciplinary, site, or term overlaps.

Step 5

  • UW Study Abroad will review your program proposal and contact you if we have any questions.
  • We then send the proposal to the chair and dean of the sponsoring department, college or school for approval.
  • If your proposal is approved, we will notify you and the program will move into the Recruiting & budgeting phase of the planning process.
  • Consult the Faculty-led program timelines for a schedule of what to expect in the coming months.

Additional resources

The Faculty-led program team is here to help! Please contact us with questions.

Here are some additional resources as you move through the program planning process: