Study Trip Proposal
Table of Contents
Part 1 Development 3
Faculty Leaders
Course Type
Study Trip Dates 4
Participant Considerations
Study Trip Course Proposal: Part 1 5
art 2 Development 10
Important Dates 12
1. Marketing
2. Itinerary Development 14
3. Budget Development 16
4. Course Syllabus
Policies 18
SAIC/AIC International Travel Policy
Student Registration Information
Faculty Payment
Study Abroad Contacts 20
Study Trip Course Proposal:
Part 2 Cover Sheet 21
Welcome and thank you
SAIC is fortunate to have dedicated faculty willing to invest the extra time, resources and care needed
to develop and conduct short-term education abroad programs for our students. Faculty-led study trips
deeply impact both our studentsacademic and personal development.
e are here to support faculty who are in the phases of consideration, planning and/or directing short-
term programs with advice, policy guidance, and curricular and logistical considerations.
Study Trip Course Development
Study trips utilize greater resources and present greater risks. They should enhance on-campus curricular
offerings, not duplicate them. Courses offered as study trips should have the same rigor and viability as
on-campus courses, offering content that appeals to and motivates students to participate in these
unique learning contexts.
AIC recommends you:
Plan ahead - over a year of lead-time is integral to the development of a strong proposal and
Propose a course in a location with which you have a high level of experience and expertise
Be familiar with the logistics of your destination for organized planning and the ability to offer a
quality academic experience
Be familiar with the language of the location, or consider how you will address any associated
communication needs
Consider the challenges involved in leading a group of students abroad and whether you are
comfortable with extending your role as Faculty Leader beyond that of instructor - to recruiter,
administrator, financial manager, institutional representative, adviser, facilitator, student affairs
administrator and crisis manager
Expect to be fully engaged in what can be a significant amount of time-consuming logistica
eparation and promotion, beginning far in advance of your trip and regardless of whether o
ot your proposal is ultimately selected.
n evaluating a study trip proposal, the Dean’s Selection Committee looks at:
Geographic diversity
Expertise of the faculty in the geographic region
Expertise of the faculty in the subject/content
Previous study trip/course evaluations
Appeal of trip to multiple student constituencies (enrollment feasibility especially for
undergraduates, as they have the 6 cr off campus study requirement)
Other feasibility questions: budget, risk, timetable, support
his development guide is intended to:
communicate guidelines on course development and SAIC travel policies
explain the full proposal process
provide fill-able/printable proposal forms for submission to Study Abroad for new study trips and for re-
Please do not hesitate to connect with us as you find the need to do so.
Thanking you in advance,
Lawrence Rodriguez
Director of International Affairs
Dawn Gavin
Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Part 1 Development
This document is intended to provide detailed guidelines on course development and the full
proposal process. Fill-able areas will begin to auto-populate the Study Trip Course Proposal:
Part 1 form (pages 5-9), which you will submit to Study Abroad. Please address any questions
about this interactive form to
aculty leaders
Full-time faculty may propose to lead a trip on their own or jointly with an additional faculty
leader. Each trip must have at least one full-time faculty leader. Faculty should be highly
familiar with the proposed destinations through previous experience.
With the permission of the Department Chair and the Dean of Faculty, full-time faculty may
elect to lead a winter or summer study trip:
as part of their academic year course load requirement (6 courses), with no additional
sociated salary
as an additional (7th) course in which case they are compensated at the rate of 12%
of their full-time equivalent salary
Part-time faculty are compensated at their academic year per course rate.
lease enter trip title and the faculty member/s who plan/s to teach the proposed course. If
you scroll to page 5 you can see how the information carries over.
Trip Title ___________________________________________________________________________
Faculty Name
Course Type
Undergraduate students must fulfill a 6-credit off-campus requirement in order to graduate
from SAIC; your priority should be to provide an option that is attractive to undergraduates.
Trips offering more than one type of credit (or a six-credit option) are more attractive to them
and to the Study Trip Committee because they allow participants to meet the off-campus
requirement in full.
The duration of a study trip is generally governed by the same curricular rules that apply to on-
campus courses:
90 contact hours for 3-credit studio classes
45 contact hours for 3-credit academic classes
ring a study trip, a considerable portion of learning occurs outside the usual 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
day, so variations to the total length can occur. Your contact hours should include multiple
required pre-departure lectures, evening and weekend activities, and post-trip critiques.
In general:
3 cr. STUDIOshould be 2 to 3 weeks long with a clear final project or series of short-
term assignments.
3 cr. academic classshould be at least 1 week long with a longer-term writing
assignment to be completed and evaluated after the trip.
Graduate students may only receive credit for 4000-level and higher Art History classes.
A 4000-level designation must be approved by the chair of the Art History Department.
ome 3-week trips offer 6-credits of STUDIO; the Department Chair must approve and finalize
the additional requirements and/or contact hours for the award of extra credit before Info
Sessions begin.
Study Trip Dates
Trips are conducted during the winter and summer interims. Winter trips must be scheduled so
that departure from the U.S. is no earlier than January 2. Try to schedule summer dates within
the 3 or 6-week session blocks on-campus to allow participants the option of taking an on-
campus course during that summer term.
lease be cost-conscious for students; choose travel times so that extra overnight layovers are
not required these add unnecessary expenses.
ote: Any professional opportunity that might arise must be postponed until study trip
obligations have been completed or you will be required to find a faculty to replace you.
Once dates are established, any change will result in increased costs for students or their
inability to participate. SAIC faculty must adhere to the dates established with Study Abroad
and the school.
International trips only:
Student Departure Date
from USA; typically one day
before program start date
Program Start Date
First meeting on-the-ground
at the destination
Program End Date
Departure date from the
final destination
Participant considerations
SAIC normally requires a sixteen student minimum for a study trip course with two contracted
faculty. If you propose to co-teach with additional faculty, the enrollment minimum increases;
a course with three contracted faculty should enroll 30 students.
On occasion, faculty may choose or be required to over-enroll a trip by one or two students, if
logistics permit. The Undergraduate Dean has the authority to over-enroll any study trip at any
time to accommodate student interest and to reduce overall costs.
Note: Trips with the lowest enrollment will be cancelled first. To avoid cancellation faculty may
be asked to adapt their course to allow one full-time faculty leader to teach it.
Due October 1
Study Trip Course Proposal: Part 1
This is the first of a two-step proposal process. Information you entered above has populated in the fields below.
Download the document and edit it in Acrobat; do not edit in Preview (edits will not save). Complete the rest of the
document, print pages 5-9, obtain approval signatures from the correct department(s), and submit the signed 5-
page proposal digitally to
or directly to the office in SU 1203. Handwritten proposals will not
be accepted.
eline & Next Steps:
October 1 - Proposal Part 1 due.
Part 1will be reviewed by the Dean’s Selection Committee which include
s the Dean of Faculty, Vice Provost, Dean of
Undergraduate Studies, Dean of Graduate Studies, Chair of the Faculty Senate, PT Senate Faculty Representative, FT Senate
Faculty Representative with input from the Director of International Affairs, Assistant Director of Study Abroad and other SAIC
staff as appropriate. A limited number of proposals will be selected based on expected student interest, variety of
destinations and associated costs.
Late October - Faculty notified regarding decisions on initial proposals.
Faculty whose proposals are accepted then have more than two months to submit Part 2 with consultation and help from SA
January 15 - Proposal Part 2 due from those selected for further development.
Initial proposals must be fully developed (complete with itineraries and budgets) for full consideration by the Dean’s Selection
Committee with additional input from the Provost, Vice President of Student Affairs, Director of International
Affairs, Assistant Director of Study Abroad.
SAIC Faculty Leader (One Full-Time Faculty at Minimum Required)
Additional SAIC Faculty Leader
Additional SAIC Faculty Leader
Program Information
Location(s) (City, Country) _______________________________________________________________________
Course Term Winter 20____ Summer 20____
Credit type check all that apply Credit Amount check all that apply Course Level choose one
Studio 3 cr. 6 cr. ____ cr. 3000 4000
Art History
* Must be 4000-level for grad participation
3 cr. 6 cr. ____ cr. 3000 4000*
Liberal Arts: _____________________ 3 cr. 6 cr. ____ cr. 3000 4000
Other: __________________________ 3 cr. 6 cr. ____ cr. 3000 4000
Due: October 1
ttach PDFs if you require additional space for any of the questions
1. Briefly outline your trip.
2. P
rovide a draft itinerary (including estimated dates, locations, activities and
3. H
ow is this trip an exciting learning opportunity for SAIC students? What might your trip offer that
is different from a touristic itinerary for your destination?
4. What is your familiarity with the trip location?
5. What activities or coursework will occur at SAIC prior to trip departure?
6. Are courses currently offered in the SAIC curriculum that you feel would benefit students to take
in advance? If not, what kinds of courses could be designed to make this trip more connected to the
existing curriculum?
7. Briefly outline your repeat trip.
8. A
re there any significant changes planned to the previous dates, duration, itinerary,
locations, accommodation, activities and transportation?
9. Ref
lecting on your experience from the last study trip and students’ evaluations, what
worked well and what, if anything, didn’t work so well? How will your new proposal build on
successes and address any issues?
10. What activities or coursework will occur at SAIC prior to trip departure?
11. A
re courses currently offered in the SAIC curriculum that you feel would benefit students
to take in advance? If not, what kinds of courses could be designed to make this trip mor
onnected to the existing curriculum?
Departmental Approval
Print pages 5-9, only. Submit this 5-page proposal to the correct Department Chair/s for completion;
request that they scan and submit the final proposal digitally to
or directly to the
office in SU 1203. If more than one type of credit is offered, proposals must be approved and endorsed
by all Chairs.
Trip Title Term
culty Leader 1
Faculty Leader 2 Dept.
Faculty Leader 3 Dept.
I approve this Study Trip Proposal. Printed Name
Department Chair Signature
I approve this Study Trip Proposal. Printed Name
Department Chair Signature
I approve this Study Trip Proposal. Printed Name
Department Chair Signature
Please return the completed Study Trip Course Proposal: Part 1 to Study Abroad by October 1.
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Part 2 Development
Use the information below to help guide your program development. Please read through each section
carefully, as certain policies are outlined in detail. Contact Study Abroad and/or the Dean of
Undergraduate Studies with any questions.
onsider the roles of Study Abroad (SA) and each Faculty Leader and your timeline for planning in
order to allow for a productive partnership.
Study Abroad Responsibilities:
Faculty Leader Responsibilities:
Study Trip planning and design:
Adhere to the highest standards of program
development consistent with SAIC’s mission
and best practices in the field of education
Ensure that SAIC/AIC legal counsel has
reviewed all partner organization contracts
according to institutional policies before they
are signed.
Verify compliance with SAIC’s responsibilities
according to partner organization contract
Assist faculty with program logistics and
development, pre-departure preparation,
setting program budget, etc.
Schedule and co-present Info Sessions.
Assist with pre-departure and re-entry
programming (if requested).
Facilitate Study Trip Health & Safety Workshop
(crisis management, insurance, security,
legal, etc.).
Manage student registrations; facilitate
academic/disciplinary history review.
Report students with significant
academic/disciplinary histories to the Faculty
Provide Faculty Leader with participants
emergency contact, insurance information
and any medical history that has been
Facilitate accommodations with the DLRC for
participants with disabilities.
Monitor U.S. State Department Travel
Advisories, CDC updates, etc.
Work with Student Financial Services for billing
of individual participants.
Publish program course information in Self
Service, online and on the SAIC website.
Negotiate in-country partner contracts.
Per SAIC/AIC policy, establish preliminary and
final program budgets in consultation with
Faculty Leader.
Assist with student refund policy, if necessary.
In consultation with SA, establish preliminary and
final program budgets.
Further develop and finalize trip itinerary.
Plan outline of dates of all group trips and events
(tour guides, excursions, welcome and farewell
dinner locations, etc.).
Design the academic aspects of the program
and plan academic, professional and cultural
tours and lectures according to a detailed
Identify potential overseas support system,
including agents and vendors (such as
hotels/hostels, guest speakers, local
transportation, travel agency, etc.).
Attend mandatory Study Trip Health and Safety
Student recruitment and
Launch multi-media promotional campaign
to actively recruit students.
Advise prospective students on their options
and the registration process.
With Faculty Leader, conduct pre-departure
orientation/s. Discuss logistics, expectations,
country-specific information, health and
safety issues, visas, passports and emergency
contacts, and conduct.
Ensure that all participants complete online
waiver and health disclosure forms.
Set up initial Canvas course
Promote program (in class/studio, e-mail, word-of-
mouth, Info Sessions, etc.) with accurate (free from
exaggerated claims) information to actively
recruit students.
Organize at least one mandatory pre-departure
orientation meeting that explains course content,
readings, expectations, country-specific
information, health and safety.
With SA, disseminate accurate, clear, site-specific
orientation materials to students, including faculty
pre-departure and on-site contact information
and student housing information (via Canvas and
Be informed about student pre-departure
materials required by SA.
Communicate with students via Canvas.
Work with students and Registrar to ensure
students are registered for the correct and
appropriate credit.
Distribute course syllabus and materials to students
(via Canvas and in pre-departure meetings).
Teach course(s) as approved with the appropriate
number of contact hours.
Select and arrange for local guest lecturers to
enrich course(s).
Provide opportunities for reflection and integration
of personal experiences abroad into the learning
On-site responsibilities:
Maintain active communication and provide
crisis management support.
Respond to Student Affairs issues and crises
reported by faculty and staff leaders during
the course of the trip.
Respond to students in crisis (accident, illness,
family problems at home, etc.); follow the SA
Communication Plan in critical situations; promptly
report to SA and document inappropriate or
concerning student behavior).
Monitor group dynamics and activities and
intervene as needed.
Document Clery reportable events.
Adhere to all SAIC policies as delineated in the
Faculty Handbook.
Model appropriate conduct and hold students
accountable for SAIC Code of Conduct.
Notify Study Abroad of the arrival of all
participants at program site.
Monitor spending and keep required
documentation for accounting purposes against
the program budget.
Participate in all group excursions and events.
Provide students and SA with contact information
during program’s “free time”.
Proactively assist students with logistical challenges
(explain how to use public transportation,
exchange money, purchase phones, etc.).
Coordinate payment for U.S. honoraria and
Finalize budgets.
Review Study Trip Evaluations.
Reconcile cash advances and program
expenses as budgeted. Include original receipts
within 21-30 days of end of program or via
Provide written or oral feedback to students
related to work created during or after trip.
Submit grades to Registrar’s Office by Add/Drop
of the subsequent term.
Submit Clery reports to Security.
Encourage students to complete online
mportant Dates
Winter Study Trip Summer Study Trip
Prior to October 1 Winter & Summer proposal deadline
ttend Study Trip Proposal Workshop conducted by Study Abroad/Dean’s
Meet with Study Abroad staff and/or Dean of Undergraduate Studies, if
Prior to proposal submission
Consider developing potential syllabus/course outline making all learning
outcomes and assignment deadlines clear
Research potential destination and reach out to contacts for associated visits
and activities; consider transportation needs and feasibility of necessary
Think about your itinerary & budget (utilize quotes from contacts and/or
Oct 1
Obtain approval signatures from Department Chair/s
Submit finalized Part 1 digitally to or directly to the
office in SU 1203
Oct Jan
You will be notified by Study Abroad whether your initial proposal has been
selected (or declined) for further development
Develop in full the details of the following; itinerary, budget, syllabus,
marketing plan; Study Abroad available to assist as needed.
January 15
Submit Part 2 of the Study Trip Course Proposal with all required attachments
You will be notified whether your final proposal was accepted or declined
Web promotion of study trips begin
You should begin promoting
your trip to students in your
Study Abroad will begin making
initial plans for Winter trips
Winter Info Sessions booked
Winter marketing materials
Winter trip print promotions and
additional digital/web-based
marketing efforts launch
Continue to market your trip in your classroom/studio
Winter trip Info Sessions occur
Students begin to “pre-register”,
completing Step 1 of the online
registration process
Winter trip registration
Study Abroad logistical planning
of trips occurs based on
individual participant details
Winter trip pre-departure
meetings held for students
Winter trip pre-departure
meetings held for students
Winter Study Trip Health & Safety
Pre-Departure Workshop
Summer Info Sessions booked
Summer marketing materials
Winter Trips occur
Summer trip print promotions and
additional digital/web-based
marketing efforts launch
Submit Concur reports to finalize
Summer trip Info Sessions occur
Continue to market your trip in your
Study Abroad will begin making
cursory plans for Summer trips
Students begin to “pre-register”,
completing Step 1 of the online
registration process
Summer trip registration
Study Abroad logistical planning of
trips occurs based on individual
participant details
Summer trip pre-departure meetings
held for students
Summer Study Trip Health & Safety
Pre-Departure Workshop
Summer trips occur
Submit Concur reports to finalize
1. Marketing
Promoting study trips is a shared responsibility between faculty leaders and Study Abroad. Plan
to promote your trip in the class/studio, via e-mail and word of mouth, with accurate (free
from exaggerated claims) information to actively recruit students.
tudy Abroad will create and initiate the following marketing efforts for each study trip:
SAIC website will include full text details and photos, plus links to any additiona
logs/websites you create
General Study Trip Promotional Poster distributed campus-wide and in Residence Halls
(includes all study trips for that term)
Digital Signage displayed campus-wide to promote individual trips and associated Info
Session details
Individual Study Trip Promotional Poster for campus-wide distribution; you will receive
Campus-wide emails promoting Info Sessions and Registration
Targeted emails to students who have attended Info Sessions and/or completed “Step
1” of Study Trip Online Registration promoting Registration
Facebook promotion on multiple SAIC pages
Academic Advising promotes trips to undergraduate students while advising on
meeting their off-campus study requirements during registration and other
Study Abroad promotes trips to students exploring study abroad options
Info Sessions
Study Abroad schedules at minimum two Info Sessions to promote your trip in the weeks leading
up to registration. Sessions incorporating visuals and audio will attract and retain student interest
(i.e. Images, videos, music, maps, trip highlights). Study Abroad staff will co-present in each Info
Session to explain logistics, as well as registration and financial aid application details.
2. Itinerary Development
Your daily itinerary should consistently reflect your course syllabus. Consider the following when
planning your itinerary:
Activities lacking connection to course content should be kept to a minimum
Avoid excessive time on buses, planes and trains; in some countries, overnight road travel
is not permitted
Venture beyond the obvious tourist activities to provide your students the opportunity to
absorb their surroundings and relate them to their work, but bear in mind this might be th
nly opportunity for students to see global icons
Consolidate your destinations/visits to provide a more compact trip. Consider choosing a
city as a base with the option of day trips to additional sites
Build in down time for the students, however, half-days are preferable and weekends off
are not permitted; encourage them to schedule any personal travel before or after th
Include some method of check-in each morning so that each person is accounted for
(e.g. group breakfasts)
Scheduling morning activities will discourage students from potentially disruptive
extracurricular activities
e excursions you plan will also have an impact on the overall cost of the program. Is the cost
of traveling to a particular site and the associated expenses worth it based on its connection to
the course content?
ravel Agent Assistance
Travel agents may be very helpful when planning a trip to:
A remote location
A location where English proficiency is not common
Multiple locations with travel between them
f you need to use a travel agent, Study Abroad can provide the names of travel agents who
have successfully arranged trips in the past. Any quotes must be emailed or faxed to Study
Abroad. Be prepared to provide the following:
Full details regarding expected numbers of participants
Size and standards of rooms (confirm that all beds are separated, singles)
Travel between countries/cities, if applicable
Any other requirements as specified by SA
Student Travel
Students typically arrange their own travel to and from the start/end of the trip to allow for
maximum flexibility. They like to find the cheapest flight and may want to extend their travel
before or after the course (especially in the summer term). If your group is travelling to different
countries or cities during the trip, SA will help make those on-the-ground arrangements. Look
into visa requirements for U.S. citizens, and keep in mind SAIC’s large population of
international students.
culty Travel
The AIC Comptroller does not require exclusive use of AIC’s travel agents (Intranet >
Departments > Travel & Entertainment), however ticketing through the AIC travel agents
allows for direct payment by SAIC. You can contact the travel agent directly to get a quote-
SA will then provide the account number to process the booking.
First-class flights, business flights, fees for extra legroom, personal layovers, detours, etc. will not
be covered by the student program fees.
he-Ground Travel
Estimate public transportation, chartered bus, internal flight, taxi, and any other possible costs.
Locate reasonably priced, feasible transportation for each stage of your trip and remember to
plan for the maximum size of the group (including trip leaders).
udents are never permitted to drive other students in vehicles; only trip leaders may drive
rental vehicles and will have their driving records reviewed in accordance with SAIC policy
before being permitted to transport students. If you plan on renting vehicles, you must speak
with Study Abroad as soon as your trip has been accepted.
When considering hostels/hotels use the following standards to guide your search:
Trip leaders all should plan on residing with students in all locations.
Room conditions - inexpensive but clean rooms, with an acceptable level of security
and safety. Study Abroad/Risk Management can provide guidance.
Hostel vs. hotel - hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation wher
uests can rent a [typically bunk] bed, in a dormitory-style setting with shared bathroom,
lounge and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms must be single-sex, although private rooms
may also be available. Hotels may be nicer but they can increase cost.
Multi-bedded rooms - “double” rooms should have 2 beds, “triple” rooms, 3 beds, etc.
Students cannot share a double/full bed. Students should expect to share rooms with
each other, while trip leaders typically have their own rooms.
Breakfast - it is preferred that breakfasts are included to help students get started and
to provide a place where everyone can “check-in” before the day begins.
Single Supplement - while not a common option, some students may request a single
room for an additional cost. Ask the accommodation if they offer this single r
ption, which we could offer to interested students upon registration. SAIC never
guarantees single rooms as an option.
hould you request rooms be held in advance of a formal reservation, book for the full number
of anticipated students, plus trip leaders, and request the hotel email or fax their quote and
terms to Study Abroad for further management of the reservation.
Trip leaders may arrive one day prior to students to overcome jetlag, become acclimated and
begin preparing for student arrival. The extra night in the hotel will be included in student
program fees.
. Budget Development
Study Abroad is available to provide guidance with the design of program budgets. Faculty
leaders are responsible for researching all program costs prior to scheduling a meeting with
Study Abroad. Use the Budget Worksheet to determine a Program Fee: the fee students pay
that covers both on-ground and faculty expenses. Only faculty salaries are covered by Tuition
Fees (i.e. the fee per credit for the class). The Budget Spreadsheet can be used to experiment
with different amounts and/or participant numbers to compare costs.
artnering with a Customized Education Abroad Program Provider
Depending on the nature and location of a trip, SAIC may choose to partner with a
customized education abroad program provider. A program provider is an organization that
offers a range of services to educational institutions, typically because it has established on-
site infrastructure for accommodations, lecture/meeting space, orientation, travel
arrangements, potential faculty lecturers, organizing visits and entrance fees, coordination of
cultural activities, and liability insurance. Although most program providers offer all these
advantages, we have the liberty to pick and choose among their services to suit your trip’s
. Course Syllabus
This section will help guide you in completing the Course Syllabus (Word Document
attachment). A syllabus must be distributed to students during Info Sessions so they are aware
of course expectations. Past participants have been highly critical of trips consisting mainly of
sightseeing and tourist activities with minimal structure and instruction. The Committee will not
approve proposals of this nature.
When designing your course, be thoughtful about the following areas:
reparation - What are you asking or providing students on-campus, before the trip
leaves? What kinds of courses are currently offered [or would be useful to design] t
ake this trip more connected to the existing curriculum?
Course goals -What is the overall goal of your study trip course? Please be very specific
and put this in writing on your syllabus.
Experience - What do you want your students to experience and how will you facilitate
that? What do you want them to walk away with and why is that relevant? How will you
create context for those experiences?
Assignments - What assignments are realistic for students to complete during the trip
and which ones would be more appropriate to complete post-trip? How can more
specific and less open-ended assignments help students to process the trip experienc
ore fully? How will you evaluate each assignment?
Expectations - Clearly indicate your expectations of the student to successfully
complete the course on the course syllabus. Explain each requirement and method of
assessment. The following may weigh into your criteria: class participation, participation
in critiques and the successful completion of all assignments.
Assessment - How will you monitor what is being gained throughout the course and
how will this be measured? The Committee recommends written narrative evaluations
for all student trip participants that clearly communicate the faculty response to their
effort, participation, and quality of work produced.
Providing time for reflection and independent work - Faculty who include guided
reflection in their course design have found that it heightens the opportunity for
students to process their cultural observations and engagement and it provides another
way to assess learning and development. In addition, reflective coursework will assist
students who may feel overwhelmed by their new experiences and unsure of how to
process them. Reflection can be accomplished via many mediums; 2D/3D, video or
performance based, group discussions, journaling, bookmaking, reports, papers, etc. B
ocumenting and bringing these experiences back to SAIC to share visually (physicall
virtually), you will be contributing to visible representation of internationalization
efforts and can assist yourself in building an audience of prospective students for future
programs. Please consider requiring a reflection activity as an exercise in your official
course syllabus.
te: All grades for study trips must be reported by Add/Drop of the subsequent term.
This means that all post-trip work, meetings and critiques must be completed within
week or two of Winter Interim trips.
SAIC/AIC International Travel Policy
International educational experiences can provide invaluable learning and should be
available to our students, however, SAIC recognizes that all travel involves risks that may or
may be not be present in the United States and employs the following international travel
udy trips are not approved and/or may be cancelled in the event that travel involves a
country where any of the following conditions exist:
a) U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs has issued a Travel Warning
b) World Health Organization or U.S. Centers for Disease Control have issued a Travel Advisory
c) Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control has imposed Travel Restrictions
aculty leaders coordinating student travel outside the U.S. as part of an academic course or
SAIC sponsored co-curricular experience must work with the offices of Study Abroad, Risk
Management, Campus Security, and General Counsel to ensure that conditions at the host
site are conducive to maintaining the health and safety of participants and to achieving the
academic goals of the study trip/program. Careful consideration should be made of the
location and type of accommodations and transportation (including airline safety records)
used during the course of any trip. SAIC seeks to ensure that all education abroad practices
are lawful and compliant by SAIC standards including employment, visa, registration, tax,
insurance and contract issues.
tudent Affairs Health/Safety Support
The VP/Dean of Student Affairs and the Study Trip Committee are particularly concerned that
best practices and Student Affairs policies be adhered to during each study trip. The
committee may direct that a student affairs professional or academic staff member
accompany the group to assist you and provide assistance in the event of student or group
crisis/emergency. Staff expenses are not typically factored into Program Fees, and no
additional wages are paid since they are salaried employees.
Occasionally trip leaders inquire whether a family member/s can accompany the group. This is
not viewed as best practice as your priority/focus must be the students. Dependents add risk in
that they themselves may experience a crisis/emergency. A minor child may only accompany
the group if you arrange suitable supervision for him/her during all group activities. You must
pay in full for any expenses of anyone accompanying you (i.e. the difference between a
single and a double room) and complete liability waiver/s. Note that anyone who is not SAIC
faculty/staff is strictly prohibited from handling student affairs issues and student health
crises/emergencies. Study Abroad will not handle travel arrangements or bookings related to
non-SAIC faculty/staff/students. These must be arranged directly with accommodations,
airlines, etc., and associated payments must be made directly with the appropriate vendors,
organizations, etc.
udent Affairs will schedule a two-hour, mandatory pre-departure Study Trip Health & Safety
Workshop toward the end of the semester prior to your departure. Plan to gather with other
trip leaders as a group, along with General Counsel, Counseling Services, Campus Security
and Risk Management staff to review how Student Affairs and SAIC will support you during
your trip. We will review what you can expect of the students and the communication plan
you should follow in the event of emergencies, minor or major.
It is the ideal opportunity to raise any student affairs questions you might have. All faculty/staff
leading a study trip must attend; you will ultimately be expected to consult together should an
emergency/crisis arise.
rior to departure, trip leaders will meet individually with SA to receive information on
accommodations, transportation, payments that have been made and that are due, student
emergency contacts and health disclosures, student flight details and passport copies,
emergency/crisis communication plan, student conduct, mental health crisis intervention
articles, contact sheets for all hotels/hostels, course evaluations, tax and receipt forms, and
tudent Conduct
As a trip leader, in consultation with the Dean of Students and Study Abroad staff, you have
the full authority to act in the event that a student does not meet the standards of behavior
and/or conduct agreed to during the online registration process.
Student Registration Information
Online registration for winter trips begins in mid-October and for summer trips in early March. It
will then take a couple of weeks to confirm the final list of participants. Trips with the lowest
enrollment will be cancelled first. Faculty may be asked to adapt their course so it can be
conducted by one full-time faculty leader to avoid cancellation; the Vice Provost will make
this final determination. No airline tickets or final confirmations may be made until Study
Abroad has confirmed it is time to do so.
n the first day of registration, graduate students, seniors and juniors register in the morning
and sophomores and freshman in the afternoon. Freshmen are not permitted to register for
study trips without faculty and Study Abroad permission.
udents register online, paying a non-refundable $525 deposit and agree to a cancellation
policy. Students must be free of any and all registration holds, which may include those on
disciplinary probation or subject to other disciplinary sanctions, or those who received a NO
CREDIT for a previous study trip. Kurtich and SAIC Travel scholarship winners receive priority
Continuing Studies and Adult Continuing Education students are permitted to register if places
are still available on the second day of registration. They must pay both the applicable tuition
fees and the program fee.
Participants cannot take study trip courses ‘Not for Credit’ unless a class is specifically
designated to include these students. It is SAIC policy that only registered students can
participate. Friends and family who happen to be in the same location/city and want to
accompany the group should not be permitted to do so.
udy Abroad will prepare a handout for registered students, sent to you for review before
email distribution by Study Abroad. It may include information about your mandatory pre-
departure meeting/s, visas, immunizations, health considerations, airfare offers. It is important
to emphasize that pre-departure meetings are mandatory and that participants need to
check their email regularly for important updates.
Faculty Payment
AIC Corporate Credit Cards AIC’s Controller supports the use of AIC credit cards for study trip
leaders. Submit an application from (Intranet > ArtME > Forms) in advance. AIC’s Corporate
Card allows ATM cash withdrawals of up to $2,500 during a billing cycle. Alternatively, you can
choose to charge trip expenses on your personal credit card. All expenses are reported and
reimbursements are claimed using the Concur system. Note that you must always provide
receipts for non per-diem purchases made with the corporate card, your own credit card, or
cash. Study Abroad will pay as many bills as practical and possible directly to limit your need
for funds to smaller items.
ACH payments SAIC’s preferred direct deposit payment system. If you have not set this up,
you must do so in order to receive travel advances. This is separate from direct deposit salary
payments. You can find the form on the Intranet > Departments > Travel & Entertainment.
Per Diems This is determined in consultation with SA. The maximum rate advanced is usually
set at 50% of the U.S. Department of State’s foreign per diem Meal and Incidental” rate.
These rates are based on local costs and are adjusted monthly for worldwide destinations.
Domestic trip per diems are set at the applicable U.S. city rates. This amount will be reduced if
breakfasts or group meals are provided.
You will not have to account for your personal per diem expenses with receipts and you may
elect to use a lower rate than this maximum.
On-the-Ground Money Will you use a credit card to pay for expenses abroad? Will credit
cards be readily accepted where you are going? Will you be withdrawing cash from ATMs?
Expect to reconcile program expenses against receipts both during and after the trip is
concluded when you submit your Concur reports keep track of whether exchange rates
varied during your trip and/or you used a number of different currencies. Keep all receipts
related to the trip advance.
Study Abroad Contacts:
Norm Miller, Assistant Director of Study Abroad
(312) 629-6834
Lawrence Rodriguez, Director of International Affairs (312) 629-6835
Alicia Ortiz, Study Abroad Advisor (312) 629-6837
Dawn Gavin, Dean of Undergraduate Studies (312) 759-1494
Due January 15
Study Trip Course Proposal: Part 2 Cover Sheet (page 1)
omplete this document and submit with supplementary documents to
art 2 Checklist:
Please submit the following documents to SA by January 15.
SA staff is available to meet with faculty for consultation and support in creating a
reasonable itinerary and accurate budget documents.
Study Trip Proposal Part 2 Cover Sheet - PDF: pages 21 - 22
Itinerary - Word Document: Proposal_2.Itinerary.doc
Course Syllabus - Word Document
Budget Worksheet - Excel Document: Proposal_4.Budget.xls
10 images - High-resolution, non-copyrighted for promotional purposes; the best images are visually
appealing and give students an idea of how they might engage in the location while on the trip. Avoid
overly touristy images.
Program Information
Location(s) (City, Country) _______________________________________________________________________
Course Term Winter 20____ Summer 20____
Number of students Min. (usually 16 for 2 faculty) ________ Max. (usually 20 for 2 faculty) _______
Credit type check all that apply Credit Amount check all that apply Course Level choose one
Studio 3 cr. 6 cr. ____ cr. 3000 4000
Art History
* Must be 4000-level for grad participation
3 cr. 6 cr. ____ cr. 3000 4000*
Liberal Arts: _____________________ 3 cr. 6 cr. ____ cr. 3000 4000
Other: __________________________ 3 cr. 6 cr. ____ cr. 3000 4000
Name ______________________________________ Title/Rank ____________________________________
Name ______________________________________ Title/Rank ____________________________________
Name ______________________________________ Title/Rank ____________________________________
Due January 15
Study Trip Course Proposal: Part 2 Cover Sheet (page 2)
Write a short summary that will entice students to join your trip. Include trip highlights and what will make
it a unique opportunity for students.