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Faculty-Led Study Abroad

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Course Design 


A solid learning plan places a priority on the academic learning outcomes determined by the destination(s).

The plan should address the goals of providing:

  1. meaningful academic content,
  2. opportunities for personal growth,and
  3. improved cultural awareness.


Designing Faculty-Led Study Courses

  • FLSA courses are WKU credit-bearing course for which a substantial portion of the course includes travel to destinations in which a US citizen does not need a passport.
  • FLSA courses are either led by or with approval of WKU faculty or other appropriate WKU employee.
  • An FLSA course is set-up in Banner with specific attributes that define it as a Study Away course.
  • An FLSA course may only be offered within the Winter Term or Summer Session and not during the fall or spring semesters.
  • Course creation and faculty compensation fall under the procedures outlined on the Study Away Administrative Manual.


Colonnade Courses

Colonnade courses are an important component for FLSA programs.  The Connection level in particular are well suited for study abroad.  

Or you may want to create a new Colonnade course specifically designed for study abroad.

Learn more.


Graduate Section

Faculty leaders may wish to add a graduate section as well.  Again, a separate syllabus is normally included in the proposal. And you must be approved to teach graduate courses.


Honors Section Options

FLSA is great for students seeking Honors credit.


Honors Augmentation

If the course is an upper-division, faculty-led course, then student can do an Honors Augmentation contract.  There does not need to be a different syllabus.  The student contracts the project with the professor, and then it is approved by the Honors College before the start of the summer term.  

Learn more.


Honors Embedded Section

Or you may choose to offer an embedded Honors section (HEEC).  For this, a separate syllabus with the additional Honors requirements is included with the proposal.  It is best to contact the Honors College for details on how best to create an honors section.


Financial Support From the Honors College

There are funding opportunities for both faculty and students for Honors coursework. 

Learn more at this link.  



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 Last Modified 5/21/19