Learning Abroad Center

Freshman Seminar Abroad Proposal & Review Process

Proposal Deadline

Term Proposal Deadline
2022-23 Academic Year February 1, 2022*
2023–24 Academic Year February 1, 2023*

*You must also complete your college's/department's process for teaching a Freshman Seminar. Note that their deadline may be prior to February 1Check with your college/department for information on proposing a Freshman Seminar within your unit. 

Proposal Process

Submit Freshman Seminar Abroad proposals for Academic Year 2022-2023 via the LAC: Instructor-led Proposal portal by February 1, 2022. 

When creating a proposal, consider the following information:

  • What is the academic content of the course, and how does it relate to the chosen country?
  • How will students' performance be assessed?
  • What academic qualifications does the leader have in relation to course topic, international experience, language skills relevant to the chosen site, and experience teaching undergraduates and leading groups?
  • What will the program itinerary look like (all possible program excursions and site/cultural visits)?
  • How will you promote your program for its intended target audience?

Contact Lindsey Lahr with any questions or concerns.

Review Process

Each academic year, approximately 5–8 Freshman Seminars Abroad are selected based on the following:

  • Overall quality and feasibility of proposal
  • Relevance to UofM students
  • Leader's knowledge of academic content and location
  • Illustrated tie between academics and use of location
  • Level of departmental or collegiate support
  • Ability to recruit students
  • Leader's experience leading student groups
  • Previous student evaluations, if applicable
  • Availability of strong on-site support by a Learning Abroad Center affiliate
  • Number of times program has run previously, if applicable

In addition to the above criteria, the Learning Abroad Center strives to offer University of Minnesota students a comprehensive suite of Freshman Seminars Abroad that are diverse in:

  • Geographic location
  • Academic discipline
  • Program features (e.g., community engagement component, field research, language study, etc.)

Strong proposals address the following questions in a clear and thoughtful manner:

  • What is the central academic focus or theme of the program?
  • Why is the location you have chosen significant to the development of this focus or theme?
  • How will you utilize the location (e.g., excursions, tours, guest lectures, local resources, etc.) to illuminate this theme?

Location, title, and program details are finalized in consultation with the Learning Abroad Center.

Applicants are notified of a decision approximately 6 weeks after the deadline.