Curriculum Integration & Academic Planning
Learning Abroad Programs are credit-bearing activities. Programs will not be approved until course offerings are identified by the faculty director and approved by the sponsoring departments. As you develop your coursework, be sure that you include the appropriate contact hours to satisfy the credits earned by students.
Curriculum Integration and Course Selection
In determining what courses you would like to offer, departments are strongly encouraged to implement a curriculum integration approach to programming. Curriculum Integration is defined as a strategic, coordinated process that seeks to align and integrate policies, programs, and initiatives to position colleges and universities as globally-oriented and internationally-connected institutions (Knight, 2015).
The most successful programs are integrated directly into the curriculum of the sponsoring department. Another option is to offer courses that fulfill general education requirements. This provides an incentive for students outside of your department to consider committing to the program.
When selecting courses, consider the advantages and opportunities of teaching and learning in the host country. Be sure to offer courses that take advantage of possible field trips, local culture, and expertise within the host country. You may wish to speak with faculty members who have led programs in the past. They can be very useful in sharing information and providing you with insights based on their experiences.
Developing a Syllabus
Teaching on a Learning Abroad Program is different than teaching on campus. For that reason, we strongly encourage faculty to think very strategically about their syllabi. Any aspect of the program you intend to factor into the final grade should be included in the syllabus. This includes behavioral expectations, field trips, and guest speakers. Keep in mind that many students have never been on a class field trip and do not necessarily understand what is expected of them, and culture shock can affect a student’s classroom behavior as well. Putting behavioral expectations in your syllabus sends a clear message to your students that their behavior and participation will impact their grades. Sample syllabi are available to help you. Information on dealing with behavioral issues is found in the Addressing Behavioral Issues section.
Textbooks and Canvas
Order textbooks and prepare class outlines/handouts through your department, just as you do for on-campus courses. Advise students about textbooks and other materials to be purchased before departure. If you will distribute course materials on site, ensure that the cost of these materials is covered in the program fee. Faculty can also use Canvas as an online platform for electronic course materials and other course activities. If you intend to use Canvas, make sure that you and your students will have access to the internet in the host country.
Non-billable Academic Expenses
If there are costs associated with the academic portion of the program that are not included in the billable program cost, we strongly encourage you to incorporate these costs into the non-billable costs listed in the program budget. You may also write them into your syllabus. Examples of these expenses include:
- Fees for internet access that is required for classwork but is not included in the billable program cost
- Transportation costs that are not included in the billable program cost, but are required for field trips or assignments
All students who earn a minimum of 3 credits on an approved Learning Abroad Program receive credit for the University of Utah International Course Requirement for graduation. Approved programs are listed in the Learning Abroad Program Search Search on the Learning Abroad website.
Setting Up Courses & Course Registration
The process for setting courses and registering for classes varies based on the type of program. To learn more about setting up courses and course registration, click on the appropriate link below:
Courses for Faculty-Led Programs must be identified before the program can accept applications. This typically occurs 9-12 months before the term of the program. To emphasize the importance of Learning Abroad coursework, our Program Search offers students the option to search for programs by courses. The sooner you identify your program courses, the sooner students will be able to find your program based on their academic needs.
Requests to set up courses must be received well in advance. To request a course section, contact your Learning Abroad Budget Officer. Requests for course sections must be received by the following deadlines:
- Fall Semester, Academic year, and Fall Break courses: February 1st
- Calendar Year, Spring Semester, Winter Break, and Spring Break: June 15th
- Summer: October 1st
Students register for Learning Abroad courses through CIS. Enrollment instructions are provided to students in the Attached Documents section of their Learning Abroad Program Application during the post-decision phase. Details on this process can also be found in the Learning Abroad Handbook..
Faculty-led Programs are eligible for a tuition discount. In order to receive the discount, courses must be set up by Learning Abroad. Only
official program courses are eligible for the tuition discount. Independent studies
and courses for individual students are not eligible for the discount. Courses must
be taken during the same semester as the program. If a student does not attend the
Program or withdraws from the Program, they are not eligible for the tuition discount
and must drop the Program courses.
Course set up is the responsibility of the sponsoring academic department. Be aware that the University has deadlines for setting up courses. Be sure that you and your student plan far enough in advance that you can set up the program courses for the appropriate term. Students are required to earn credit for their experience during the semester in which the program takes place. Failure to set up a course in the appropriate timeframe could result in cancelling the program and the loss of financial aid and scholarship funding.
Students register for these courses through CIS. It is the sponsoring department’s responsibility to provide students with enrollment instructions.
Instructor of Record & Submitting Grades
All Faculty-led and TATE Programs earn University of Utah credit. As such, the faculty member coordinating the program typically serves as the instructor of record. At the end of the program, you must submit the course grades using the regular University system. A delay in grading can have severe impacts on your students! It can delay graduations and even cancel their eligibility for financial aid and scholarships. Contact our office if you have questions or concerns.
All learning abroad programs are credit-bearing. All participants are required to enroll in the courses associated with the program. Minimum credits are established on a program by program basis. Faculty should consider how credit hours impact a student’s eligibility for financial aid. In order to be eligible for financial aid, a student must earn a minimum of 12 credits during each semester of the academic year and a minimum of 6 credits in the summer
Monitoring class lists
It is very important that Faculty check their class lists to ensure that students have registered for the appropriate courses. Before departure, check the list to make sure that only students who have been accepted into your program are enrolled in your Learning Abroad courses. You may also wish to check these lists throughout the program to ensure that students maintain the correct enrollment. Notify our office if you or your students have any enrollment problems.