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Teaching a Program Abroad Overview

With today's dynamic and diverse student population, your willingness to consider teaching a program abroad enables UWM to offer a broad range of study abroad options to its students.  In doing so, you are helping to train the globally aware leaders of tomorrow by providing life-changing experiences.

In general, U.S. students prefer to study abroad in group programs sponsored by their own university. They wish to travel and study with friends and faculty they know and trust, and welcome the ease with which academic credit is applied toward their degree requirements.  Most UWM students studying abroad do so on faculty-led programs.  Frequently, these programs serve as a launching point for further international activities, as numerous students participate in more than one program.

The UW-System is a proponent of international education and has developed specific guidelines governing how study abroad programs are to be conducted and budgeted.

In line with UW-System guidelines, a faculty-led study abroad program is one that:

  • is taught outside the United States;
  • involves a UWM faculty member (including adjunct) either as instructor or on-site coordinator;
  • involves a group of students going to the same location for the same time period;
  • allows students to earn UWM credit that is taken for a grade, listed on their transcript, and included in their GPA, similar to on-campus courses;
  • is self-supporting and does not involve regular tuition payments; and
  • is sponsored or supported by CIE.
State and campus guidelines require that faculty-led international education programs be administered by CIE, except for instances in which:
  • no academic credit is earned;
  • no UWM faculty member is accompanying any portion of the program; and
  • students take courses overseas individually, rather than in a group