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Faculty Led Study Abroad

 

DEVELOPING STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

 

Study Abroad Program Purpose

The purpose of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Study Abroad programs is to provide an international learning experience to students that cannot be taught on campus, and to complement the various curricula at CSUDH.  A CSUDH study abroad program may be a group travel program offered for CSUDH academic credits or it may be offered by arrangement with a foreign academic institution/organization with credit transferred to CSUDH.  Faculty and course content must be approved by the department offering the academic units.  The College of Extended & International Education is responsible for providing the administrative infrastructure for the program and for assuring that the program meets the academic and financial requirements of the University.

A Pedagogical Rationale

In the “cultural context” of a country different from one’s homeland, the interaction of information learned during previous formal learning and observations made in the new cultural context contribute to a rich medium within which an international experience becomes valuable.

Study Abroad Program Proposal

Purpose:
Every study abroad program requires a course approval by the department and college. In addition, there are marketing, financial and logistical arrangements unique to off- campus programs which require consistency throughout the University. The proposal form assures students and colleges and Universities that the study abroad program meets the financial accountability requirements of the University and is of the same quality of instruction as a course taught on campus.

Content:
A proposal must include a full course description with signatures from the department chair, college dean, College of Extended & International Education, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee.

Proposed lecture topics
Sites to visited
Group Activities

Goal:
To make students culturally literate and to reinforce language patterns, i.e., short sentences and everyday vocabulary.  Make students functional in the real-life situation of being in direct, not academic, contact with the target language and culture.

The goal is reached if the student is able to speak effectively to another individual, can write factual material clearly and can read with comprehension and speed.  Additional benefits may include openness to foreign cultures, to new conditions/ideas, to cultural differences and the awareness of a global perspective.

 

Credits:

Judgement as to how many units should be given is made by the curriculum committee of the proposing college based on NCA guidelines (15 contact hours/Semester unit).

For each semester credit there needs to be the equivalent of at least 15 hours of instruction.

The typical offering is 2.5 hours per day for five days per each graduate unit; however, compressed courses are also possible.

Method:

  • Reading material tailored to areas visited: 
  • Historical overview, as well as specifics 
  • Language orientation, introduction to dialects 
  • Descriptions of cities 
  • Orientation about means of transport (subway, bus, etc.) 
  • Culturally significant landmarks 
  • Museum/art gallery offerings, with short descriptions of important artists/important exhibitions or holdings 
  • Opera and concert program and notes about artists/works

 

Proposals should be submitted a minimum of 6 months in advance for Short-term Study Abroad programs (spring and summer programs)

Travel Arrangements

Travel arrangements can be arranged by the College of Extended & International Education, program provider or participants can purchase airline tickets as a group.

Itinerary considerations:

category of lodging (I.E, hotels, guest houses)
special location requests
proximity to public transportation
expected group size
who will make the contacts for field visits? faculty? CEE? Others?
is there a logical order for the visits?
holiday or weekend closures
opportunities for meeting residents
balancing free time with structured time

 

Sample Study Abroad Itinerary  Name of Program    Program
Dates        

 

DATE

TIME

SCHEDULED EVENT

06-02-08 - Mon

 

Flight Arrives in the early morning

AM

Orientation and Campus Visit

PM

Welcome dinner

 

 

06-03-08 - Tue

AM

Lecture CSUDH Faculty

PM

Visit Economic & Technological Development Zone

06-04-08 - Wed

AM

Lecture by host campus Professor

PM

Visit to historical site

06-05-08 - Thur

AM

Lecture CSUDH Faculty

PM

Visit a hospital or clinic

06-06-08 - Fri

AM

Lecture CSUDH Faculty

PM

Train to city nearby

06-07-08 - Sat

All day

Tour of the city Visit historical sites

06-08-08 - Sun

All day

Travel to another city

 

 

 

06-09-08 - Mon

AM

Lecture by host faculty

PM

Project preparation,

06-10-08 - Tue

AM

Lecture CSUDH Faculty

PM

Visit cultural site

06-11-08 - Wed

AM

Lecture by host faculty

PM

Visit to public agency/company

06-12-08 - Thur

AM

Lecture CSUDH Faculty

PM

Visit to public agency/company

06-13-08 - Fri

AM PM

Lecture host faculty
Tour of other universities nearby

06-14-08 - Sat

All day

Free day.

 

Reception by host campus

06-15-08 - Sun

AM

Preparation for departure, Farewell lunch

 

Leave for airport for return to the US

 

 

 

 

 

07-01-08

AM

PROGRAM CSUDH Faculty

PM

Students give presentation and submit report

 

Sample Budget
Based on group of 20 students (2 Weeks program)

Accomodations + some meals

Cost Per Person

Group Cost

Hotels (No of days/nights) (13/12) + B,L

$50 X 12 = $600

$ 12,000

Campus residence

 

 

Homestay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transportation

 

 

Airfare

1,000 (est.)

20,000

Airport pick up and delivery

30

600

Tours (outline each tour)

200

4,000

Ground Transportation (cost of bus rental)

50

1,000

Visa fees

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Fee

 

 

Insurance

40

800

Faculty/Lecturer Cost
(may vary/salary, airfare, accommodations)

200

4,000

College of Extended Admin. Fee

100

2,000

Guest Speakers

30

600

Tuition/CDUDH (Open University Fees)

750

15,000

 

 

 

TOTAL

$ 3000

$60,000

 

Please note* above figures are not actual, program cost will vary

 

Marketing

How to market a study program?

The most effective advertising and the key to good enrollment, is the faculty director. Announcing the program in your classroom and requesting your departmental colleagues to do the same will help to spread the word. Consider making personal class visits to colleagues’ classrooms. The CEIE staff will make visits to classes as well.

College of Extended & International Education will help by
prepare a descriptive brochure, posters and website.
posting on bulletin boards around campus and our web site
Send email announcements regularly
mailing information to relevant departments at other schools
working with you to target a specific group
setting up “Informational” meetings

A successful study abroad program can only occur with an adequate number of students enrolling. The primary responsibility lies with the faculty involved.

Guidelines:
It is never too early to start.
You can never do too much.
Keep track of interested people.
Follow-up on inquiries and keep the College of Extended & International Education aware so staff can also encourage students.

The Office of International Programs offers support for a variety of programs. For more information, please contact Ormond Rucker, Visa and Immigration International Coordinator at orucker@csudh.edu or (310) 243-3734.