New Program Development

Group picture of students and faculty leader in Italy.

Classics Professor Dr. Brad Ault with students on a winter faculty-led program in Italy.

UB has an extensive portfolio of study abroad programs, yet we continue to develop new programs abroad to accommodate the needs of students.

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

Study abroad not only benefits students but contributes to the internationalization of the UB campus. Increasingly students come to UB looking to include study abroad as part of their university education. UB faculty play a crucial role in promoting study abroad by encouraging students to explore opportunities, assisting with the development of semester exchange programs, and leading short-term study abroad programs.

Study Abroad Incubator

The Office of International Education invites your participation in a Study Abroad Incubator workshop to explore high-impact practices for the development, leadership, and promotion of study abroad initiatives. Ideal applicants include UB faculty and administrators who are interested in learning “on-site” about the design and implementation of study abroad initiatives. The 2018 workshop will be held in Nicaragua from June 10th through June 16th.

The six-day workshop will include exposure to cultural immersion techniques (homestays, intensive language learning, community-grounded experiential learning), interactive exchanges with local study abroad practitioners, and frequent opportunities to reflect on these experiences. The schedule will include site visits to non-traditional study abroad partners (research centers, community organizations) and internship locales. Such visits will expose participants to urban and rural contexts in Nicaragua. The Office of International Education will fund 100% of on-site expenses (lodging, meals, activities, and in-country transport). Departments and/or participants must fund the cost of airfare.

Interested parties must complete an application which requires participants to articulate their commitment to propose a global learning initiative upon completion of the workshop and/or develop a plan to integrate global learning programs with the curricula in their respective departments.

Applications for the 2018 cycle are due by April 13th, 2018.

Creating A New Program Abroad

Overseas academic programs at the University at Buffalo are facilitated and administered by the Office of Study Abroad Programs, which is part of the Office of International Education. Proposals for faculty-led study abroad programs should originate with faculty and carry the endorsement of the department chair.

Faculty interested in proposing a new study abroad program are encouraged to meet with the Director of Global Learning Opportunities in the Office of International Education to discuss the intended proposal and timeline. Formal submission of a program proposal is required by completing the Study Abroad Program Proposal Form. Program proposals should be submitted as far in advance as possible; preferably no later than two full semesters before the program would begin (e.g. a summer program proposal should be submitted by September of the previous year).

For More Information

Contact the Director of Global Learning Opportunities, Dr. Trevor Poag.