Faculty-Led Study Abroad: UC Santa Cruz Goes Global

November 02, 2017

By Alice Michel, Director of Study Abroad 

Global Engagement is pleased to announce the official launch of UC Santa Cruz faculty-led study abroad. These are campus-based study abroad programs designed by UC Santa Cruz faculty for UC Santa Cruz students to take UC Santa Cruz coursework abroad. In developing these programs, faculty leverage and integrate the location into the learning outcomes of the course, incorporating local excursions and field trips into the program itinerary.

While these programs add to the study abroad options available to UC Santa Cruz students, including the UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP), programs offered at other UC campuses, and non-UC third party program providers, they provide a number of unique benefits to the campus. For students, they have the academic advantage of knowing how their faculty-led study abroad program will satisfy their degree requirements since they will enroll in existing UC Santa Cruz courses. For faculty, teaching a course abroad is an opportunity to diversify course curriculum and further develop relationships with foreign institutions. On a campus level, these programs further expand our global footprint and commitment to building international scholarship and community.

Study abroad offers undergraduate students not only the exposure to different cultures, but also the opportunity to build language skills, gain intercultural competencies, complement their studies at UC Santa Cruz, grow international connections, and explore career prospects. It is education inside and outside the classroom that requires students to think and move outside what is familiar. While students vary in their study abroad objectives, academic, professional and/or personal, they are challenged to think not only about their goals but also their identity in selecting a study abroad experience. Students should make full use of the resources on our website, including academic planning, finances and scholarships, health and safety, and diversity abroad. Students can even connect with a returnee before they apply or depart on their program to better prepare for a successful transition abroad.

Development of faculty-led study abroad programs for summer 2018 is currently underway. A full list of programs will soon be listed on the UCSC Study Abroad website, including links to program details, itineraries and student application instructions. Locations include Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, and Spain. An official call for summer 2019 faculty-led study abroad program proposals will go out next week and will be due January 7, 2018. Faculty are encouraged to review information about the proposal process, including requirements, timeline and review.

If you would like more information about study abroad or international mobility at UC Santa Cruz, see the Global Engagement website.

November 2017 Newsletter