Faculty-led Programs: Information for Faculty
If you are considering leading a group of students abroad, we are here to help! This is a long process, with planning required at least 12 months ahead of time. We encourage you to contact the Study Abroad Coordinator in the Office of International Programs (OIP) with specific questions.
Each year, Sam Houston State University offers several study abroad programs led by SHSU faculty in a variety of disciplines and locations (out-of-country as well as out-of-state). The courses offered on these programs are regular SHSU courses already in the SHSU course catalogue. The programs provide the students with an academically enriching experience in the host country, complemented with culturally relevant excursions. The majority of our faculty-led programs are 2-4 weeks in length offered during one of the summer sessions, though winter sessions and spring break programs can also be arranged. Faculty-led programs are the most popular study abroad options among SHSU students, comprising of roughly 80% of all study abroad participants each year.
All faculty-led programs offered by SHSU must follow the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s and SHSU’s policies and procedures. The THECB defines a course taught abroad as one offered for academic credit where 51% or more of the instruction takes place outside of the U.S.
- SHSU Academic Policy Statement 130424 - Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program
- Texas Administrative Code § 4.262 (18, 30, 31)
- THECB guidelines for study abroad courses
- SHSU Study Abroad Faculty-Led Program Handbook
Faculty are key to the sustainable success of study abroad at SHSU. Faculty have tremendous influence on students' learning and development. In addition to their interaction with students in the classroom, where we encourage faculty to promote study abroad broadly, faculty also have the opportunity to work with the OIP to plan, create, and teach on a study abroad program.
The OIP provides administrative and logistical support for all faculty-led programs, which offer educational opportunities to students throughout the year. SHSU faculty-led programs are designed to encourage a variety of students to study abroad, and these opportunities would not be possible without the dedication and effort of the faculty who lead these programs.
As you start planning your program we recommend attending one of our info sessions to learn more about the process and how the Office of International Programs can help:
- Monday, April 8 at 2:00pm – CHSS 206
- Thursday, April 11 at 10:00am – CHSS 226
- Tuesday, April 16 at 5:00pm – CHSS 232
- Wednesday, April 17 at 11:00am – CHSS 206
*SHSU will not approve any student travel to locations currently under US Dept. of State Travel Warning or locations that come under Travel Warning at any point in the study abroad process, including after the student has departed the US. Financial contingency plans should be made to compensate for any penalties incurred due to late program cancellation. Check the status of your proposed location here. No exceptions will be considered.
For questions or concerns, please contact Malin Hilmersson, Study Abroad Coordinator, at 936-294-3276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.