Process for Proposing a Short-term Cross-cultural Study Course


Developing the Idea

Before investing a lot of time in developing a proposal, speak with Shaojie Jiang, director of the Office of Global Education, about your idea. He can assist to clarify the audience and focus for your proposal as well as share examples of other courses which have been developed. He also can help you with the immersion component of the program by developing budgets, suggesting contacts, or on-site activities, and providing assistance in designing and implementing parts of the preparation related to skills for crossing cultures. In addition, the office has provided time and assistance in the development of budgets, the publicity, and the recruitment and selection of students, and the implementation of the pre-departure orientation. During this stage, the committee at large would also be glad to visit with you, to hear your ideas, provide feedback and give whatever assistance it can.


If the course is being offered as a special topics course, college curriculum committee approval is not necessary. However, for the purpose of keeping people informed as well as scheduling departmental course rotations, we suggest you speak with your department and School dean early in the process about your interest in offering such a course.

Once it is clear that your department will support the offering of such a course, develop your proposal in detail. It should be submitted to the Global Education and Study Abroad Committee with the application form developed for this purpose. The committee will review it with you, and integrate it into the overall school schedule for such offerings.

If you are developing an immersion component to a class already on the books, the proposal, once it is reviewed and accepted by the Intercultural Education Committee, must also be approved by your school's curriculum committee.


Ideally, the deadline for proposals is March 15, two years before the academic year in which you plan to offer the course (e.g., March 15, 2012 for summer or fall 2013 and spring 2014). This long lead time is necessary for two reasons:

  1. In order for departments to plan appropriately for the scheduling of course rotations.
  2. In order for students to be able to factor participation in these courses into their financial aid applications for the following year. Financial aid application for an academic year begins in February the year before. Thus, students must know before that time that a specific course is being offered and what the cost is likely to be, so that they can apply for additional aid.

Further information, question, or an application contact:

Shaojie Jiang
Director, Global Education