October 2, 2013
Indiana University is known worldwide for the education abroad opportunities we provide for our students. President Michael McRobbie has requested that I outline the approval process, which is designed to maintain the integrity of IU’s study abroad programs. Before initiating any study abroad activity, IU faculty and administrators must comply with the following procedure.
All activities involving IU students studying or traveling abroad must be approved by the Office of Overseas Study.
All Indiana University individuals involved with facilitating activities that take place outside of the U.S. for IU graduate, undergraduate or pre-college students must submit a proposal to the university-wide Overseas Study Advisory Council (OSAC).
Examples of such activities include 1) exchange programs; 2) courses with an overseas component designed by an IU faculty member, school or campus; 3) opportunities abroad for which IU facilitates local arrangements, including internships, research, conference attendance and independent study; 4) non-credit activities abroad involving clubs, choruses, teams, etc. which might include volunteer work, sports activities, music ensembles, theater outings, etc.
The Council’s approval procedure provides consistency in the process of granting credit (where relevant) and ensures that overseas activities adhere to IU’s high academic standards. It also helps to safeguard the health and safety of all IU participants. The process also serves to introduce best practices to all program organizers, including how to minimize risk.
The Overseas Study Advisory Council, chaired by the Associate Vice President for Overseas Study, Kathleen Sideli, must approve all proposals before any recruiting, advertising or scheduling for the proposed program begins. Please refer to the Overseas Study web site to review the Guidelines:
Proposals are reviewed as they are received. Applicants are advised to do advance planning in order to allow sufficient time to complete all necessary arrangements both at IU and abroad.
Vice President for International Affairs
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