Freshman Seminar Abroad
Proposal and Review Process
Freshman Seminars Abroad are a joint initiative between the Learning Abroad Center and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost.
Program Leaders teach the seminar on campus during either fall or spring semester and then lead students abroad for 1–2 weeks during either winter or spring break.
- Taught exclusively to first-year students
- Combine on-campus instruction with learning abroad during winter or spring break
- 3 credits at the 19xx-level
- Fulfill a liberal education theme
- No prerequisites
- Enrollment of up to 20 students
- Open to UMTC first-year students from any college
- Require round-trip group flights for students and program leader
- Provides the highest level of support from the Learning Abroad Center for program development, administration and implementation
- Follows a pre-established program timeline and framework
- Engages leaders in a cohort of peers also leading programs abroad
- Provides support to leaders who have limited experience leading programs abroad
- Embedded program (abroad and on-campus class component), part of leader's semester teaching load (salary is paid by department/college/unit)
Freshman Seminars Abroad require at least 45 hours of classroom instruction and excursions. They include:
On campus (preparing to learn abroad)
- Pre-departure orientations to prepare students for learning abroad (i.e., health and safety, travel hints, course information)
- Community-building activities
- On-site orientation (i.e., local context)
- Excursions/site visits/tours
- Reflection and discussion
- Lectures by program leader and guest lectures by local experts
- Reading and journaling
- Free time
On campus (post-learning abroad)
- Coming home workshop (study abroad reflection, discussion regarding skills gained from learning abroad, goal setting for future international experiences)
- Final assignment (journal, take-home essay, paper, exam, presentation, group project, digital story, etc.)
Program locations are chosen in consultation with the Learning Abroad Center. Factors taken into consideration are availability of strong on-site support, appeal to first-year students, distance, and cost.
For spring break, locations in Europe and Latin America are preferred due to travel time. For winter break, travel to Asia, Africa, and Oceania is possible.
Program Leader Experience
The Learning Abroad Center facilitates pre-departure and re-entry programming and all on-site arrangements, including:
- Academic and cultural advising for students
- Financial aid advising
- Marketing and recruitment
- Design and production of all printed materials
- Application and registration processing
- Pre-departure orientation and re-entry workshop
- Travel, housing, and some meals
- Classrooms and other necessary instructional support
- Other related activities
Leaders are actively involved in the planning and recruitment for their Freshman Seminar Abroad. Once on site, leaders participate in all course-related activities in addition to teaching their course.
These seminars are designed for one leader to travel with a group of students and all seminars work with organizations that provide assistance to the leader once the group arrives in the host country.
Freshman Seminars Abroad have small budgets that are strongly affected by the addition of a co-leader. Two leaders or the addition of an assistant will add cost in the following areas: airfare, housing, salary, fringe benefits, food, entrance fees, ground transportation, and international insurance.
If you would like to add another leader or teaching assistant, additional expenses must be covered by the co-leader's college, department, or personal means. To lead a program, both leaders must have permission from the departmental chair.
Proposal & Review Process
Deadline: February 1
Learn more about the Proposal & Review Process.
Lindsey Lahr, Freshman Seminars Abroad Program Director
Amy Garwood-Diaz, Freshman Seminars Abroad Associate Program Director
Ben Tully, Freshman Seminars Abroad Associate Program Director