Submit a Proposal

Academic Years: 2018-2019 and/or 2019-2020
Programming Focus: Off-campus Domestic Study, Seminars, Summer Abroad Internships
Proposals Due: Monday, February 6, 2017 at 5:00pm

An integral part of a UC Davis education, UC Davis Study Abroad, through academic coursework, internships, and experiential learning, provides every UC Davis student the opportunity to graduate with an international experience.

Study Abroad is a unit within Global Affairs.

UC Davis Study Abroad invites proposals for new study abroad programs for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years.  All program proposals are reviewed by the Study Abroad Program Committee and, if selected, faculty will be expected to begin developing their programs in Summer 2017, a minimum of one to one and a half years prior to departure. 

Study Abroad is expanding the diversity of programs offered. New development for this cycle will focus on novel program designs which target underserved populations (STEM, international students, lower income students, transfer students, first-year and sophomore students), non-traditional locations and alternative forms of international education. 

In particular, Study Abroad solicits proposals for Off-campus Domestic Study, Seminars Abroad, Summer Abroad Internships, departmentally-based institutional exchanges, and programs that offer opportunities for undergraduate research and community engagement.

Proposals for traditional overseas Summer Abroad or Quarter Abroad programs will not be accepted at this time.

Off-campus Domestic Study

For the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic cycles, Study Abroad will be focusing on off-campus Domestic Study programs, an area new to our portfolio.  

“Off-campus Domestic Study” is defined as global learning experiences away from the UC Davis campus, taking place within California and the United States.  These programs may also include an internship or service-learning component.

Off-campus Domestic Study locations should provide an international teaching context. These may include important US landmarks or communities with a rich multicultural history and they may involve students in multicultural and international-related topics:  for example, students may learn about migration practices and engage with immigrant, diaspora, and refugee communities; work with farm workers and explore sustainable agriculture; investigate global manufacturing businesses and their impact on local communities; understand climate change as a global phenomenon; or explore American politics, history, and the arts. 

Areas of study may include economics/business, labor markets, U.S politics and government/economics, agriculture/food science/nutrition, the immigrant experience, Psychology, Native American studies, and American music/art/history/culture. Topics or sites that may be of special interest to incoming international students are also encouraged. 

We welcome proposals throughout the United States; locations of particular interest are the Sacramento area and Central Valley, Alaska, Puerto Rico, or other communities with a rich multicultural history.  Strong preference will be given to low cost proposals as well as proposals that explore non-traditional locations or communities.

Programs may be offered during the summer (minimum 4 weeks/8 units).

Interested faculty must be familiar with the proposed program site and have a faculty appointment or be emeriti. Travel expenses, per diem, and instructional salary will be paid by Study Abroad, subject to campus policies.

Seminars: Domestic or International

Study Abroad is seeking faculty to teach intensive 2-3 week (4-6 units) overseas seminars before the start of fall quarter in late September, winter intersession, and immediately after spring quarter in late June. 

We are particularly interested in programs that will attract international students, athletes, Honors, transfer students, or other groups.

Seminars may be offered abroad or as a domestic off-campus program within the United States. Study Abroad is particularly interested in proposals for Seminars in Latin America (and especially Mexico), Asia, Africa, and the United States; Study Abroad is also engaging in a consortium to offer programming in Antarctica and the South American cone and is seeking faculty to teach program(s) in the natural sciences with emphasis on climate change, polar/animal biology and ecosystems, migration and/or geological sciences. 

Preference will be given to low-cost programs and those in countries not currently represented in the Study Abroad portfolio.

Interested faculty must be familiar with the proposed program site and have a faculty appointment or be emeriti. Travel expenses and per diem will be paid by Study Abroad, subject to campus policies.  Seminars are attached to a quarter and thus instructional salary will be paid by the faculty’s home department.

Hybrid Summer Abroad Programs and Exchanges

For this programming cycle, Study Abroad is looking for Summer Abroad partnerships with institutions abroad to offer large-format, entry-level courses. Because students are less likely to study abroad as freshmen and sophomores, we are looking for low-cost programs based on large-format lower-division courses. These programs will be taught by host institution faculty abroad, under the remote academic supervision of UC Davis faculty who will remain here on campus.

Example: This cycle we are piloting a program in Cork, Ireland based on BioSci 2A (Summer 2017).  The course will be taught by Cork faculty exactly as it is taught on the UC Davis campus, with oversight by UC Davis faculty. Using local faculty allows us to keep the costs low. The program will also include field trips on the biology and culture of Ireland. 

Study Abroad is also seeking proposals for departmentally-based institutional exchanges. 

These exchanges will leverage pre-existing working/research relationships among faculty to develop an undergraduate mobility program between institutions. Exchanges must be balanced (equal numbers inbound and outbound) and must be built around a specific thematic program. To this end, faculty will identify specific courses to articulate into the UC Davis major/minor curriculum which will satisfy requirements. Exchanges are short-term visiting programs during the regular academic year (summers are excluded), have a duration of no more than 3 quarters, and students will not have degree-seeking status nor gain entry into a degree program upon completion. Faculty and departments on both sides will be expected to recruit, support, and integrate students into their academic programs.

Summer Abroad Internships

Study Abroad currently offers summer internships in Global Health, Business and Communication, and Engineering; we are seeking to expand internship offerings to these tracks as well as other majors. Faculty are invited to submit proposals for programs in the following tracks: education, arts and humanities, animal science, and agriculture.

Faculty leading Summer Abroad internships remain in Davis and instruction is done remotely; students are placed in multiple sites located in different countries. Faculty may develop their own partnerships or work with an established provider through Study Abroad.

Interested faculty must be familiar with the proposed program site and field of work for the internships; faculty must have a faculty appointment or be emeriti. Instructional salary will be paid by Study Abroad, subject to campus policies

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Faculty members should submit a proposal packet by the deadline listed above. The proposal includes an outline of the rationale for offering the program and a description of the proposed location(s) and facilities. Courses must be regular offerings that are listed in the UC Davis General Catalog

A sample syllabus should be included along with a list of possible field trips and a brief description of the target student audience. The most successful proposals include specific details about facilities, transportation and costs, on site activities, housing, etc.