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Education Abroad Office Partners with CISabroad to Offer Faculty Study Abroad Certification Series

The USC Education Abroad Office is partnering with CISabroad to offer a five-part online and on-campus workshop series to prepare faculty to take their classrooms abroad. Attendees will learn from fellow faculty and other experts in education abroad about best practices and how to align campus resources with academic goals. Faculty who receive certification will be awarded a scholarship to award to one (or several) students studying abroad on a CISabroad custom, intern or study abroad program! ($250 off a summer program, $500 off a semester program, $700 off a faculty-led program.) In order to be eligible, faculty must attend (in person or online) four of the five sessions. While two of the sessions have already taken place, faculty may still "attend" them by viewing the recordings.

Upcoming workshops:

  •  December 5, 3:45pm-5:00pm, online

    "So, You Want to Teach Abroad?: The How-tos and Hidden Rules of Designing a Successful Faculty-led Program.”

    Exchange rates, enrollment figures, group vs. individual costs, variable vs. fixed costs, tuition and program fees, contingency costs – don’t even mention group flight change fee challenges…There’s more to budgeting than meets the eye and it doesn’t have to make your head spin. This session will walk attendees through key considerations necessary to building a program budget using real-form examples to get you on your way.

  • February 1, 3:45pm-5:00pm, online

    “The Art of Marketing Your Faculty-led Program: Whose Responsibility is it, Anyway?”

    Whose responsibility is it, anyway? So often there is an unspoken battle (of sorts) between study abroad office staff and faculty offering their course abroad about who is responsible for getting a program to run. Study abroad advisors are at capacity with credit transfers, portfolio management and advising appointments; as are faculty with their teaching schedules, research, and service requirements. If data indicates that faculty do in fact have the most impact, what tools are they provided to help them be successful in their recruitment endeavors? In this session we’ll review the challenges associated with marketing faculty-led programs and data from the Open Doors report that points to the importance of the faculty member in recruitment. We’ll share findings from CISabroad’s on-campus partner, International Education Programs, and discuss ways to set yourself up for success using a variety of tools when promoting your short-term faculty-led course.

  • March 28, 4:00pm-5:30pm, (Location on campus coming soon!)

    “Enhancing Your Curriculum” and Certification Ceremony

    As we conclude our 5 part series, we will explore how study abroad can support the undergraduate curriculum. We will:

    • Discuss themes central to study abroad within the classroom
    • Explore options for embedded study abroad experiences in a traditional classroom
    • Identify the knowledge, skills and attitudes that students develop while participating in study abroad and how they may translate into the home campus experience
    • Explore campus partner programs that may afford students, faculty and staff the opportunity to extend their global experience and actively reflect – the A-HA moment!

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