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Interested in Becoming a Program Director?

All international study, work, and travel arranged by the University of North Georgia (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 meet with Dr. John Wilson 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 or an Associate Director of the CGE.
  4. Do research on the location and apply for a site visit grant.
  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, along with a budget, 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 your goals for developing a study abroad program?
  • Location: How relevant is the location you are considering to your academic goals? Is the location you are considering currently listed under a Travel Alert or Travel Warning by the US 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?

How can we help?

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

  • Logistical support for faculty leading study abroad programs
  • Recruitment support for faculty teaching in a study abroad program
  • Guide faculty through financial and risk management of their study abroad programs
  • Processing student applications for study abroad programs
  • Advise students one-on-one

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

Program Proposal Deadlines

All UNG study abroad programs must submit an updated program budget for approval by the CGE. For all new study abroad programs, a proposal and a budget must be submitted. 

  • Summer programs: August 31
  • Fall programs: October 31
  • Spring programs: June 30

Program Director Orientation

Being a program director is a very rewarding, yet challenging, position. Because of this, we require all program directors to go through mandatory training sessions. The information is broken down into two sessions within the orientation.

Session I – Housekeeping – logistics, finances, risk management, and  general information

  • Program proposal and approval process
  • CGE’s role and services prior, during, and after the program
  • Financial matters
  • Risk Management

Session II – Terra Dotta (Online application system)

  • Overview of student application system
  • Overview of program director view/access
  • Program brochures-information update

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