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Start an Education Abroad Program

Interested in Becoming a Program Director?

All international study, work, and travel arranged by UNG faculty or staff that involves students must receive approval from the Center for Global Engagement (CGE). Such activities can range from a traditional study abroad program involving a group of UNG students traveling with a professor, to independent research or internships conducted abroad by one or more undergraduate or graduate students arranged by a UNG professor. Please contact CGE to discuss your ideas and get started! 

Steps for Developing a Successful Study Abroad Program

  1. Think about your academic knowledge, your interests, and your experience, and pick a location that can help you achieve your academic and professional goals.
  2. Discuss your ideas with your Department Head.
  3. Discuss your ideas with the Director of the CGE.
  4. Do research on the location and apply for a site visit grant through the CGE.
  5. Conduct a site visit. Meet with the CGE Director in preparation for your visit and review the site visit guidelines
  6. Submit a completed site visit report to the CGE.
  7. Submit a study abroad program proposal to the CGE. 
  8. Attend program director orientation.
  9. Work with the CGE study abroad advisors to market and recruit for your program.

When thinking about developing a study abroad program, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Goals: What are the academic outcomes for developing a study abroad program?
  • Location: How relevant is the location you are considering to your academic goals? Is the location listed under a Travel Alert or Travel Warning by the U.S. Department of State?
  • Student Interest: Who is your target market? (Which majors, minors, class level, etc.) Would you have enough student interest for the program?
  • Competition: Are there any similar UNG programs that could compete with yours? If yes, what makes yours different?
  • On-Ground Support: Do you have any contacts in the location? If so, can they help you?

Faculty Seed Money

The Center for Global Engagement is pleased to offer assistance in program development related to international programs and study abroad. Faculty members are eligible for an airfare grant, booked through the CGE, not to exceed $2,000. Grant applications are due no later than September 1 of each year, and flights must be booked and paid for prior to December 1 of each year. A site visit report must accompany a full, written trip report within ten business days of your return to UNG. In preparation for a site visit, please see the Site Visit Guide

Program Proposal Deadlines

  • Summer & Spring Programs: September 6
  • Fall Programs: November 10

How can we help?

Education Abroad, as a part of the Center for Global Engagement, is here to assist program directors through:

  • Logistical support for study abroad programs
  • Recruitment support
  • Financial and risk management guidance
  • Advising students
  • Processing student applications

The CGE has also put together a page of program director resources to help guide you through the process.

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