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Key faculty-led terminology

  • Best practices: Models for professional activities that take into considerations the state-of-the-art in the fild. For example, in the field of international education, professionals have composed best practice lists in such areas as health and safety and programming standards
  • Community-engaged learning: A course, internship, program or experience that enhances academic learning through reciprocal relationships with communities that offer opportunities to advance critical thinking, develop civic skills, and address public problems.
  • Exchange: a program involving recipcrocal movement of participants-whether faculty, students, staff, or community members—between institutions or countries
  • Excursion: A group journey away from the main instructional location for educational purposes, whether as part of an academic course or as a program-wide activity involving, or open to, participants in all courses.
  • Experiental Education: Learning by doing. This term, which traces its origins to the works of John Dewey, encompasses a vast array of approaches to learning inside and outside the classroom that complement more conventional instruction. Methods may include research, field trips or seminars, laboratory work, fieldwork or observation, as well as immersion in workplace settings, such as internships, volunteering, teaching, and paid jobs.
  • Faculty-led program: An education abroad program directed by a faculty member (or members) from Rochester who accompany students abroad
  • Faculty-led program director: A university faculty member appointed to lead an education abroad program. The individual’s on-campus roles may include program development, advising, recruitment, admission, orientation, and advocacy. Faculty program directors may be called on to assume a range of important overseas responsibilities in the areas of administration, logistics, finances, and academics.
  • Field Study Program: A study abroad program type whose pedagogy revolves around experiential study outside the classroom setting. Examples include field research programs, internship programs, service-learning programs, archaeological field schools, and field biology programs
  • Program Provider: Program provider, or Independent Program Provider, is an institution or organization that offers education abroad program services to students.  A program provider may be a college or university, a non-profit organization, a for-profit business, or a consortium

 (source: Forum on Education Abroad glossary)

Frequently asked questions about Faculty-led programs

  • What resources are available to help me build a program?
    • Start with the Center for Education Abroad. We can give you advice and recommendations on a host of program dimension, including best practices, third party provider contacts, and university policies
  • What makes a successful program? 
    • Well developed student learning outcomes, study tour locations, proposals submitted within CEA established deadlines, and engagement with students from the faculty member during
    • promotion and recruitment 
  • How many credits typically are granted for a program?
    • For undergraduate programs in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering credit ranges from 4-6 credits 
  • What is the general program fee for a program?
    • The general program fee ranges from $3,750 for a 4-credit course;  to $4,900 for a 6-credit course
  • Why is the proposal deadline so early? 
    • The most time-consuming part of the faculty-led process is promoting it to students in order to gain the minimum number of students needed for you to make it happen.  Rochester deadlines are set about a year in advance to allow time for review, approval, and marketing the program as widely as possible 
  • Am I fully responsible for the students while on-site? 
    • Faculty directors are the primary point of contact for students during their program abroad; Faculty must be willing and available to assist with and respond to both academic and personal needs in the event of an emergency 
  • Are scholarships available to my group?
    • Yes. CEA staff will provide you with information on both need and merit-based scholarship options

Interested in learning more? Set at time to meet with Theodore Pagano, associate director. 

Ladakh Summer 2019

    Image:  Nabila Mella,  Ladakh, Summer 2019