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Teaching Abroad

 
Just as students can choose from different types of education abroad program structural types, University of Kentucky faculty and staff members have a variety of options when it comes to teaching students abroad.

Each of the following teaching opportunities have different implications for course delivery, recruitment and enrollment procedures, and financial structures. For more information on the different teaching abroad opportunities please contact UK Education Abroad, educationabroad@uky.edu, 859-257-4067.


UK Sponsored
 

Faculty and staff will teach an existing UK course via a UK Sponsored program. Most, if not all, of the course content is delivered in the international location. However, with academic approvals from the Department Chair, DUS/DGS, and/or College Curriculum Committee, it is possible for a small portion (typically less than 1 credit hour) of the course content and assignments to be delivered prior to and/or after the international travel component. Most UK Sponsored programs are conducted during the winter intersession or summer terms. Occasionally, UK Sponsored programs can be designed to take place during the entirety of the fall or spring semester. In addition to designing the curriculum, faculty and staff teaching UK Sponsored programs will have a great deal of input over the programmatic design and student enrollment, i.e. the program location, duration, dates, itinerary activities, decisions to accept or decline student participation, etc.

Faculty and staff teaching UK Sponsored Programs will work with their respective departmental staff to build the course(s) in the myUK system for the intended term abroad. Students will register themselves via myUK and will earn UK credit hours and GPA points. All academic regulations, protocols and requirements regarding syllabi, grading, curricular approvals, etc. will apply to all UK courses delivered abroad. The budget and expenses for UK Sponsored programs will be facilitated via UK Education Abroad and program fees for UK Sponsored programs will be billed via the UK Student Billing Account. Although visiting students are eligible to participate in UK Sponsored programs, participants will predominately be current UK students. UK faculty and staff will be the primary person responsible for the promotion and recruitment of student to the program. 


UK Sponsored Embedded
 

Faculty and staff will teach an existing UK course via a UK Sponsored Embedded program. Most, if not all, of the course content is delivered on-campus during the fall and spring semester with just a small portion, less than 1 credit hour, of the course content delivered during the international travel component. The international component may occur before, during, or after the fall or spring semester.

Example A: a UK Sponsored Embedded course will be delivered on-campus with a regular meeting pattern during the spring semester with a required travel component during spring break. The on-campus course meetings and requirements will continue after the required travel component and final grades will be awarded at the end of the semester.

Example B: a UK Sponsored Embedded course will be delivered on-campus with a regular meeting pattern during the fall semester with a required travel component in December/January during the winter break. Students will receive an Incomplete “I” at the end of the fall term with a final grade awarded after the required international travel component and assignments are completed.

In addition to designing the curriculum, faculty and staff teaching UK Sponsored Embedded programs will have a great deal of input over the programmatic design and student enrollment, i.e. the program location, duration, term offered, itinerary activities, decisions to accept or decline student participation, etc. 

Faculty and staff teaching UK Sponsored Embedded Programs will work with their respective departmental staff to build the course(s) in the myUK system. Students will register themselves via myUK and will earn UK credit hours and GPA points. All academic regulations, protocols and requirements regarding syllabi, grading, curricular approvals, etc. will apply. The budget and expenses for UK Sponsored Embedded programs will be facilitated via UK Education Abroad. Likewise, program fees for UK Sponsored Embedded programs will be billed via the UK Student Billing Account. The participants on UK Sponsored Embedded programs will predominately be current UK students and UK faculty and staff will be the primary person responsible for the promotion and recruitment of student to the program.


UK Consortia
 

UK Education Abroad is a member of several education abroad consortia. Consortia programs select faculty from member institutions to teach courses for the consortia’s summer, winter, and semester programs. Faculty will propose one or two academic courses to be delivered as part of one of the existing consortia programs. If a UK faculty member is selected by the consortia to teach, the faculty member will have primary responsibility over their academic course(s). UK faculty will have limited responsibility and input regarding the programmatic design and student enrollment, i.e. the program location, duration, term offered, itinerary activities, decisions to accept or decline student participation, etc. These elements of the program are determined by the consortia offering the programs. The budget, expenses, and student program fees are coordinated, collected, and billed by the consortia. Participants on consortia programs will be students from any of the consortia’s member institutions. Although the UK faculty selected to teach on consortia programs will be the primary person responsible for promoting and recruiting students to their specific courses, they will have the assistance of the consortia administrative staff and the education abroad units at other consortia member institutions for the promotion and recruitment of student to the program.

UK faculty members are encouraged to apply for one of the following consortia teaching opportunities:

Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) KIIS is a consortium of colleges and universities primarily in the mid-south region. Students from each of the member universities and colleges may participate in summer and semester education abroad programs, which are developed and directed by faculty from the member institutions.  Many UK faculty teach with KIIS in the summer. Although courses are offered in English language, KIIS predominantly offers programs in countries where English is not the primary language. Students participating in KIIS programs will transfer credit from Western Kentucky University, the American host institution for KIIS programs. Proposals to teach on KIIS programs must be submitted to KIIS approx. 14 months prior to program start date.

Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) CCSA is a consortium of US colleges and universities with education abroad study and internship programs in English-speaking countries. CCSA is headquartered at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.  UK faculty often teach with CCSA in the winter and summer. When a UK faculty member teaches with CCSA, students will be enrolled in a UK course and therefore earn UK credit hours and GPA points. Proposals to teach on CCSA programs must be submitted to CCSA approx. 16 months prior to program start date. 


UK Partner: Semester at Sea
 

UK Education Abroad is affiliated with particular third-party provider organizations to supplement the overall portfolio of education abroad programs. The UK Partner: Semester at Sea (SAS) offers programs that travel via ship to multiple countries for fall, spring, and summer programs. Semester at Sea emphasizes comparative studies and hands-on experiences and credit is awarded via the University of Virginia, the American host institution for Semester at Sea programs. SAS is often looking for faculty to teach on their programs. Proposals to teach on SAS programs must be submitted to SAS approx. 16 – 24 months prior to program start date. 

UK Sponsored Program Logistics (Customized v. Self-Planned)
Faculty and staff teaching UK Sponsored and UK Sponsored Embedded programs have two options for coordinating the logistics and managing the finances for programs abroad – a Customized option or a Self-Planned option. 


Customized UK Sponsored Option
 

UK Education Abroad can connect faculty and staff program directors with education abroad partner providers to handle most of a program’s logistical arrangements, such as housing, meals, guest lectures, site visits, and in-country transportation. The customized option may be a good fit for a program director who does not have a significant amount of in-country connections or someone who does not have a desire to spend a lot of time personally making logistical arrangements. Program directors selecting the customized option still have great deal of control and input throughout the planning stages regarding in the programmatic design, it’s just that they do not have to personally carry out the in-country arrangements. On the customized option, the education abroad partner provider establishes a per-student program fee and handles the finances for the program. Additionally, there will be on-site staff from the customizing partner helping to support the faculty member and the program while in-country.


Self-Planned UK Sponsored Option
 

Since programs abroad entail more than just the classes, the role of the program director must also extend beyond the strictly academic. In addition to taking on the traditional faculty responsibilities for academic content and instruction, faculty and staff program directors, in essence, become field representatives for a variety of offices and services provided by UK, including UK Education Abroad and the Dean of Students Office. That said, program directors will have the complete support of UK Education Abroad as well as other UK academic and student support offices before, during, and after directing an education abroad program.

On UK Sponsored Programs, program directors are the primary University of Kentucky agent responsible for the supervision and welfare of the students participating in the program. Among other things, program directors are responsible for supervising and monitoring each student’s conformance to university and other applicable policies, rules, regulations, and standards of conduct. Directors must be available and readily accessible to students on a regular and emergency basis for the duration of the program for consultation on both individual and group problems, including those that may be non-academic in nature and those that may extend into the evenings and weekends. In other words, program directors are the students’ first point of contact for concerns while abroad. This does not mean that program directors must be physically with students at all times. But it does mean that program directors need to be reachable at all times. For example, if a program director will traveling independently for a brief period of time during the program, students should be given instructions on how to reach an alternate in-country point of contact for handling concerns and emergencies.

Program directors will attend a pre-departure orientation workshop facilitated by UK Education Abroad staff approximately 1-3 months prior to the program start date. Directors may also choose to attend the ongoing Faculty Workshop Series at any point during the planning process. Workshop sessions are conducted throughout the fall and spring term.

Who does what in planning & facilitating UK Sponsored Programs