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Faculty-Led Study Abroad

the Spirit of Adventure

For Program Leaders

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Creating Your Course

Let us help you decide which type of course you'd like to propose.

How do I start planning a course?

It all starts with good planning.

WKU Faculty-Led Study Abroad courses offer innovative ways for you to teach and challenging ways for your students to learn.

Planning starts here.

How do I design the course?

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.

Check out ideas on course design.

How does the Office of Study Away help me create a course?

Services offered through the Office of Study Away

The Study Away Office is here to help make your program work by providing these services:

  • Program development travel grants
  • Consultation in program design
  • Billing and Budgeting
  • Marketing support
  • Student registration
  • Travel coordination
  • Student Scholarships


American Traveler

WKU’s Study Away Office offers the same level of service, but the process of creating a program is a bit different.

Get more information about leading an American Traveler Program.

What policies guide my program?

Policies & Guidance

Financial oversight, academic integrity, safety, and behavioral expectations are primary concerns.  WKU has in place several policies that guide the creation and management of Faculty-Led Study Abroad courses.

See Policies

Who might guide me as I prepare my course?  

Mentors & Guides

  • Department head or chair. It is important to speak with your department head prior to developing the syllabus.
  • IEAC.  Your college's IEAC liaison can also provided information about how to prepare to lead a program abroad.  Locate your IEAC Liaison at this link.
  • Other faculty.  Past Program Leaders are great resourses

It is important to review the Standards of Conduct for all WKU employees:

Is there financial support to development a course?

Program Development Grant

Familiarity with the program destination is essential. Matching grants are available through DELO to support faculty professional development. A site visit rubric improves your assessment to make sure you use your time effectively. Faculty leaders use the post-site visit report to develop the program.

Apply for a Program Development Grant

How do I recruit for the course?


Recruiting students is a joint effort among the faculty leaders, the academic departments and colleges, and the Study Away office. WKU faculty members have a wide sphere of influence and can generate a lot of interest in your programs. Word-of-mouth enthusiasm can spread among other students, working to your advantage.

The Study Away staff offers insight and guidance on how to recruit based on years of professional experience and cataloging the proven practices of your colleagues.

Ideas on recruiting (coming soon).

What is the next step?

Time to get this rolling.

Propose a program by starting early.

Meet with Study Away Director.




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