Outline for Proposals
Meeting the requirements of and conforming to the general guidelines for proposals, sponsors of proposed programs should provide as much of the following information as possible, but not every question will apply to every proposal so respond only to those which are applicable. Consult the Office of Overseas Study for assistance and guidance. Proposals should be submitted in electronic format (as attached files to e-mail to overseas [at] iu [dot] edu or on disk or CD).
A. Basic Description of the Program
- Briefly describe the proposed program and its location. Provide a program mission statement.
- At what academic institution abroad will the program take place, if any?
- Sponsoring academic units at Indiana University
- Co-sponsoring U.S. institutions or organizations, if any
- Dates of the program and frequency of repetition [Note: IU policy discourages program overlap with regular home campus classes that result in students missing classes.]
- Estimated number of participants; minimum and maximum numbers that program can accommodate
- What is the academic rationale for conducting this program overseas?
- Is there any conflict or overlap with existing IU programs overseas?
- What evidence is there of IU student demand/need for this program?
- Explain how the site was chosen and evaluated.
- Academic requirements (minimum GPA, prerequisites, class standing, language level) [Note: IU policy prohibits participation of students on academic or disciplinary probation]
- Open to students from all IU schools and/or campuses? Students outside IU? [Note: It is not common to open IU programs to outside students due to the complex logistical issues.]
D. Orientation Programming
- Describe the pre-departure orientation (how many sessions; who will conduct them; content)
- Describe the on-site orientation (who will conduct it; content). Distinguish between academic preparation sessions and those that focus on logistics.
E. Academic Program Abroad
[Note: Proposals for non-credit programs need only respond to item E.8]
- Briefly describe the overall instructional program
- How many credits will each participant be required to take?
- Indicate whether students will be enrolled in:
- Courses taught by an accompanying U.S. faculty member
- Provide syllabi for courses that will be taught and the IU equivalent course number for each.
- Provide CV and/or list of qualifications.
- Regular host university courses
- Provide description of university, range of courses offered, and illustrative courses descriptions.
- Special courses for international students taught by host country faculty
- Provide course descriptions for courses that will be taught and the IU equivalent course number for each.
- Provide CV’s and/or list of qualifications of instructors.
- Courses taught by an accompanying U.S. faculty member
- Which major, distribution or other requirements can be satisfied on the program?
- Outline the instructional schedule and provide the classroom contact hours [Note: IU courses traditionally involve 12.5 hours in a classroom setting per 1 credit hour and incorporate lab hours at a 50% value. Therefore, pedagogical time outside of a classroom setting (museum tours, meetings with local authorities, etc.) should probably be factored in at a 2:1 ratio.] See some additional guidance on planning time abroad.
- Describe classroom or other teaching facilities on site
- Who will determine students’ grades and on what basis?
- If non-credit, describe the program's purpose and activities
F. Student Learning and Development
- Describe how the program will bring IU students into direct contact with the host culture in meaningful ways.
- Indicate how the program incorporates the program site into its pedagogy.
- How will the program link discipline-specific learning outcomes to the location of the program?
- How will the program provide language development appropriate to the mission of the program?
- How might you build in reflection exercises so that students become more aware of the cultural differences around them and how they are responding to them? (Research has shown that when program interventions take place – such as reflection assignments – students experience deeper learning. For examples, see the faculty toolkit from the University of Kentucky.)
- Describe how the students' international experiences will be integrated upon return to campus (re-entry activities, student publications, exhibits, etc.).
G. Support Services Abroad
- Will there be a U.S. faculty resident director on site?
Please note that if the faculty or staff member does not have additional on-site staffing, he/she must attend to a wide range of student issues, incuding logistical, academic, personal, medical and emergency response. (Some program models provide for additional on-site support to handle these circumstances.) There will be resource materials and an annual workshop for those who have received approval to teach for or direct a program.
It is recommended that all programs include two responsible individuals so that there is always someone on hand to deal with crisis matters. The second-in-command might be another faculty member, a staff member or an advanced graduate student.
Is the IU faculty or staff member prepared for the responsibilities associated with education abroad programs?
- If there will not be a U.S. faculty resident director, describe the office or individual overseas who will address students’ logistical, academic, personal, medical, and emergency concerns.
H. Health, Safety and Security
Review the complete Country Specific Information Sheet(s) for your destination(s) at the Web site of the U.S. Department of State and the Health Information for Travelers of the Centers for Disease Control and respond to issues raised.
Note: Except in special circumstances, Indiana University will not offer or support study abroad in countries that are under a State Department Travel Warning. Request for exemptions based on "special circumstances" are evaluated on a program-by-program basis through a process established by the Safety and Responsibility Committee of the system-wide Overseas Study Advisory Council (OSAC). The Committee has the authority to make the final decision on such requests from program organizers.
What safety and security preparation will be provided by the group? What security measures will be taken on their behalf?
I. Supplementary Activities
Describe excursions or group activities and how they directly complement the academic program.
J. Room and Board
Describe student housing accommodations and meal arrangements in detail.
K. Student Budget
- What fee will IU charge for this program?
- What costs will the IU fee include? (fees to host institution, room & board, health insurance, excursions, books and other materials)
- If not included in the IU fee, what are estimated costs for room and board, personal expenses and international airfare?
L. Program Budget
Contact the Office of Overseas Study for assistance in preparing a realistic budget projection. You will need to consider costs for the following:
- Salaries for instructional staff
- U.S. staff travel to program site
- U.S. staff displacement allowance
- Tuition & fees to host institution abroad
- Fees for use of instructional space
- Administrative costs (publicity, office expenses)
- Group excursions (bus rental, hotels, guides, admission fees, etc.)
- Student housing (if paid through program fee)
- Student meals (if included in program fee)
Note that although each program operates a little differently, there are some general financial rules that apply. Each program should plan accordingly to make payments in advance or to make financial resources available for accompanying staff members to pay for various program expenses as they arise. Please note that University policies prohibit mixing personal and program funds, so you should not count on using your own personal bank account as a vehicle for transferring funds abroad.
M. Program Administration
Describe the procedure for registering students, collecting fees, paying program costs abroad, enrolling participants in student health insurance, conducting checks of academic and disciplinary records, collecting and retaining documents (Agreement and Release forms, emergency contact information, medical history forms), etc.
- Who will establish program policies, including withdrawal and refund policies?
- Who will establish the protocol for behavioral expectations, including developing a clear definition of behavior that warrants dismissal of a student from the program?
Download a Word version of the proposal outline and guidelines here.
Download a Word version of a modified version of the proposal outline and guidelines for use for Student Attendance at Meeting or Conference abroad or for Field Research here.
Our daily lives are so different from people across the globe. To learn about how other people live their lives, it makes you think about how you want to live your life. It’s character building.”-Maggie Brinley, IU Overseas Study Participant, Spain