Teaching Courses Abroad

Global Campus Partner

What is a Global Campus Partner Program? 

Global Campus Partner programs are administered out of a college, school, or department (sponsoring units). The principal drive and responsibility for a Global Campus Partner program originates from the program leader and the sponsoring unit. The Learning Abroad Center (LAC) serves as a resource to the program leader, assists with program administration, and provides limited services.

Approved by the Department Chair, the Global Campus Partner programs frequently fulfill specific curricular objectives and allow the program leaders to specialize course pedagogy in an international setting. This program model works well for leaders who prefer to design a discipline-specific program for a particular population of students.

Global Campus Partner programs are typically short term (winter break, May session, summer session) or long term (fall or spring semester). They are well suited to students who want an in-depth experience in their major, are graduating seniors who want a capstone experience, or cannot be away for a full semester.

For more information about Global Campus Partner programs, refer to the Global Campus Partner Handbook.

To receive a comprehensive packet on study abroad program models via Campus Mail, contact Lindsey Lahr or Brook Blahnik Include your name and campus mail address or code.

Letter of Understanding

The Letter of Understanding (LOU) serves as an intra-UofM contract between the LAC and your unit. All parties must sign the LOU before LAC staff can begin substantial work for your program. If you have questions, view the Concourse Guide or ask your LAC contact.

Program Deadlines

Winter Break & Spring Semester

October 1: All parties have signed LOU and submitted program information in Concourse. Your department/college may require earlier deadlines.

November 1: You have completed and communicated all student application acceptance decisions to the LAC via Concourse.

November 15: You have confirmed all students. All leaders have completed the Program Leader Travel Registration, which will also enroll them in CISI insurance. All program leaders are required to have CISI insurance, the same policy that the students will have while abroad.

Spring Break

October 1: All parties have signed LOU and submitted program information in Concourse. Your department/college may require earlier deadlines.

November 1: You have completed and communicated all student application acceptance decisions to the LAC via Concourse.

February 1: You have confirmed all students. All leaders have completed the Program Leader Travel Registration, which will also enroll them in CISI insurance. All program leaders are required to have CISI insurance, the same policy that the students will have while abroad.

May & Summer

March 1: All parties have signed LOU and submitted program information in Concourse. Your department/college may require earlier deadlines.

April 1: You have completed and communicated all student application acceptance decisions to the LAC via Concourse.

April 15: You have confirmed all students. All leaders have completed the Program Leader Travel Registration, which will also enroll them in CISI insurance. All program leaders are required to have CISI insurance, the same policy that the students will have while abroad.

Additional Resources

Program Development Resources

For additional resources on program development, funding opportunities, on-campus and national resources, testimonials from leaders, research and assessment information, leader health information, and companion information, see Leader Resources.

Working with On-Site Partners

The LAC compiles a list of on-site partners who assist with program design, administration, and in-country logistics (including accommodation, local transportation, and excursions). For more information, see Working With On-Site Partners.

Contact

For more information, or to begin the process of creating a program, contact the appropriate Learning Abroad Center staff member:

Brook Blahnik, Associate Director—Process and Enrollment

Eric Leinen, Program Director: College of Liberal Arts, College of Continuing and Professional Studies

Jill Reister, Program Director: College of Education and Human Development, Leadership Education and Development—Undergraduate Programs

Tim Dohmen, Program Director: College of Liberal Arts

Vanessa Walton, Associate Program Director: Academic Health Center, College of Biological Sciences, Athletics, University Recreation

Ryan McCarthy, Associate Program Director: College of Science and Engineering; Humphrey School of Public Affairs; College of Design; College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences

Program Model Comparison Chart