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Faculty Led Programs

Faculty Led Programs

Approval Process | Mandatory Program Leader Training


International programs led by SDSU faculty members offer students a unique opportunity to add cross-cultural perspectives to their studies.  


To ensure program success and to comply with CSU/SDSU requirements, all programs in which faculty or staff accompany, send or otherwise facilitate international experiences involving students must be reviewed and approved by the Office of International Programs (OIP).

The following must be approved through this process:

  • Stand-alone courses offering special sessions credit through the College of Extended Studies (CES) Faculty-Led Study Abroad (CES-FLP).
  • International experiences that are embedded in regular session courses.
  • Non-credit international experiences for students such as service learning, research, field work, performances and workshops led or organized by a faculty or staff member.

Courses and field trips taking place in the U.S.-Mexico border region not offering special sessions credit through CES are approved through a separate process. Details are available on the OIP website. 


If you are accompanying, sending, or otherwise facilitating an international experience involving SDSU students please contact OIP for planning guidance and to request approval. 

All programs must be developed in accordance with CSU and SDSU guidelines. Faculty leaders may not select program providers or negotiate student program expenses on their own.  


Approval Process

Proposals will be evaluated with input from OIP, department heads, college deans, the CES Office of Faculty-Led Programs, and the SDSU Study Abroad Office. Applicants are urged to discuss their proposal and course selection with their department head and college international program (IP) liaison before submitting a proposal to OIP. 

Proposal instructions are available in the RFP.


Faculty Travel Grants

Faculty applying through this process do not need to submit a separate request for OIP travel funds. Approved programs will receive travel funding assistance. Programs run through the College of Extended Studies require a minimum of 15 participants. Programs that meet this requirement will have travel funding  for one instructor. Exceptions to the enrollment requirement may be granted to programs that are limited due to field restrictions or other circumstances.  If this applies to your program you will be able request an exception. Programs that enroll more than 20 students may be eligible to receive travel funding for a second instructor or assistant. Programs that enroll fewer than 15 students may be eligible for partial funding through OIP. 


Funding will be provided for reimbursable travel expenses as stated on the OIP website.

Mandatory Program Leader Training

All faculty and staff accompanying students out of the country will be required, prior to departure, to attend a study abroad program leader training session. The program meets CSU requirements and will cover the following topics:


  • SDSU Emergency Response and Communication Plan 
  • In-country communication plan 
  • University policies on student conduct while abroad
  • Health and safety information
  • Program director’s role and responsibilities
  • How to design a pre-departure orientation for your students
  • Liability issues
  • SDSU Risk Management and Travel Procedures

Additional trainings will be provided throughout the year and will cover program development, marketing and recruitment strategies.

Apply now for all programs taking place in 2021

Deadline: November 17, 2019 

Travel Companion Guidelines & Disclosure form


Mandatory Program Leader Training

All faculty and staff accompanying students out of the country will be required, prior to departure, to attend a study abroad program leader training session.


Training dates will be sent to new program leaders in advance of their travel date.