Study Abroad Program Development for faculty who have ongoing teaching appointments in undergraduate degree-granting units

Innovation in Study Abroad - Request for Proposals

Deadline for Concept Note Submission: November 10, 2016
Awards will be announced no later than November 30, 2016

The University of Florida International Center (UFIC) is pleased to announce a request for grant proposals to support the development of new innovative UF Study Abroad programs targeted to increasing diversity in Study Abroad participation from students in under-represented majors, non-traditional locations, and under-represented ethnic/racial/gender identities. The intent of Competition #2 is to award five (5) grants in the amount of up to $2,000 stipend, plus travel expenses for program development in host country to build capacity and diversify options for Study Abroad participation for under-represented students. The main purpose of the grant is to provide seed funds for innovative program development to increase and diversify Study Abroad options for UF students.

Introduction

The Institute for International Education’s annual census on international and U.S. student mobility, Open Doors Report, noted 304,467 U.S. students studied abroad in the 2013-2014 academic year. Although this number has tripled over the past two decades, it represents less than 10% of 2,688,032 U.S. undergraduate students enrolled in higher education (Open Doors, 2015). The Open Door Report also reveals low participation among non-white ethnic groups (Hispanic 8.3%, Asian/Pacific Islander 7.7%, Black or African-American, 5.6%, American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.5% when compared to White counterparts (74.3%).   More than 50% of U.S. students study abroad in the European region (Open Doors, 2015). The data tells a compelling story of the urgent need for U.S. institutions to diversify Study Abroad participation across student profiles and destinations.

UF’s Study Abroad participation trends are similar to the national trends. Less than 5% of UF students study abroad each year. UF students tend to study abroad primarily in the European region. UF Study Abroad seeks to prepare UF graduates for global citizenship by providing academic, research, internship and service learning opportunities for global engagement during their academic career.  With this grant, we seek to address the gap in participation rates by developing new innovative Study Abroad programs designed to engage UF students in their disciplines in a global context.

UFIC is responsible for implementing the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) “Learning without Borders: Internationalizing the Gator Nation,” a key component of the UF’s SACSCOC Accreditation. “Learning without Borders” includes initiatives aimed at increasing Study Abroad participation and UF Study Abroad offerings.

Grant applications should propose the development of a Study Abroad program that seeks to employ innovative approaches, incorporate new and flexible methods of delivery, and attract participants from diverse disciplines and demographics. A variety of innovative programming approaches and methods exist. Competitive proposals will be those which carefully consider the following areas detailed below.

Study Abroad Program Development

Program Design:

  • Research: Programs that promote research abroad build upon a growing emphasis on UF undergraduate research.
  • Internships: As more UF colleges incorporate an internship component in their degree requirements, fulfilling those requirements abroad simultaneously enhances the desired learning outcomes both in the discipline and in the context of internationalization.
  • Service-learning: Still relatively new to UF campus’s study abroad offerings, service-learning is an experiential mode for study abroad delivery that purposefully combines academic learning with relevant community service.
  • Bridging disciplines: Programs which seek to bridge knowledge between two or more disciplines provide a learning environment where students are exposed to people, ideas and concepts that may cultivate knowledge of global issues from a more encompassing perspective.

Site Selection:

  • Innovative site selection is often defined as non-traditional locations. This often reflects non-European program sites, or in other cases, a site and/or site visits to smaller cities or towns. Non-traditional locations can facilitate an opportunity for student immersion in local culture/communities, enhancement of intercultural understanding, more direct language acquisition and greater global awareness of critical regions in the world.
  • Innovative methods can also be implemented and effective in contexts typically defined as more traditional and these often rest upon exploring dynamic learning objectives.
  • Additionally, site selection is all-important insofar as its relation to faculties’ language proficiency, institutional, research and cultural ties, and/or field(s) of expertise.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Proposed Study Abroad coursework should address one or more student learning outcomes (SLOs) in content, critical thinking and/or communication, linked to broad competencies in Global Awareness and Intercultural Communication. The following SLOs were designed for the QEP:

  • SLO1 (Content): Students identify, describe, and explain global and intercultural conditions and interdependencies.
  • SLO2 (Critical Thinking): Students analyze and interpret global and intercultural issues.
  • SLO3 (Communication): Students communicate effectively with members of other cultures.

Eligibility

  • Tenured and tenure-track UF faculty, lecturers and other non-tenured faculty who have ongoing teaching appointments in undergraduate degree-granting units. Courtesy faculty are not eligible.
  • Summer, Fall or Spring term programs at least 4 weeks (28 days) in length.
  • Coursework requirements:
    • Summer program: 6-12 credits  
    • Fall or Spring program: 12-15 credits

Additional Expectations / Commitment

  • Selected awardees must attend a program development meeting on a date to be announced. Awardees will receive training on how to design and manage a Study Abroad program and overview of the support UFIC provides. Awardees will also receive guidance on the use of an assignment rubric that fulfills a SACSCOC assessment and reporting requirement.
  • Individual consultations/communication with the Director of Study Abroad will occur as needed throughout the development process to ensure awardees progress together with respect to meeting all of the requirements of the grant.
  • Applicants interested in developing a Faculty-led Study Abroad program are encouraged to review the UFIC Study Abroad Services (SAS) website detailing the development of UF Faculty-led Study Abroad programs: http://www.ufic.ufl.edu/SAS/FacutyLedProgram.html and also the UF Study Abroad Teaching Abroad webpage at http://www.ufic.ufl.edu/SAS/TeachingAbroad.html
  • Faculty directing Study Abroad programs are expected to promote and recruit students, manage the program within their college to ensure its sustainability; run the program in the host country within one year of being awarded; and meet all of the requirements and deadlines communicated by UFIC.  Failure to run the program may result in ineligibility for future UFIC grant funding, and/or refund of stipend.

Grant proposal approval

  • Awardees will receive a program development grant up to $2,000 stipend, plus approved travel expenses (airfare, hotel, per diem) for site visit to the host country.
  • Selected faculty will receive the stipend of $2,000 in two payments. The first installment will be granted after the award has been announced. The second installment will be paid upon submission of the completed program proposal. Approved program development site visit travel expenses for 5-7 days may be paid in coordination with faculty’s department.
  • Grant proposals with two or more faculty will be considered. In such cases, the award amount for the stipend and travel expenses will be divided evenly by the number of faculty developing the program.
  • Once approved, awardees will submit a comprehensive program proposal, itinerary, syllabus, host country contacts, and budget to the Director of Study Abroad by the stated deadline for the term that the program will run. 
  • Program development training for selected proposals is required. Date to be announced with award notification.

Timeline

  • Grant proposal information session on Monday, October 24, 2016, 10:00 am – 11:00 am in the UFIC large conference room.
  • Program Concept note submission deadline: November 10, 2016
  • Awards will be announced no later than November 30, 2016.
  • Complete program proposal, itinerary, syllabus, and program budget due by:

January 30, 2017 for programs running summer 2017
February 28, 2017 for programs running fall 2017 or later

Grant Proposal Application

  • Concept Note: Narrative description of the proposed Study Abroad program that includes an explanation of the following (3-4 pages):
    • Indicate program country, specific site(s), discipline(s), and objectives. Consider and include why the proposed program meets aforementioned Study Abroad program development areas.
    • Indicate the students (demographics, discipline, interests, etc.) who will find your program appealing and who you intend to attract.
    • Provide a description of the courses you intend to offer, indicating how the proposed curriculum will meet one or more of the defined SLOs.
    • List possible activities, overnight excursions, and/or day trips, topics, possible texts and readings. Consider and include why these Study Abroad courses are better taught abroad than on campus, and how logistics (housing, lecture space, service-learning site, etc.) will help to achieve the course objectives.
    • Identify existing on-site support, institutional ties, faculty expertise, experience, and language proficiency level in connection to host country/region.
    • Demonstrate how the program will be sustained within the College or department in subsequent years.
  • Health and safety: After reviewing the UFIC Emergency Protocol for Students and Faculty Abroad and section on Risk Management Response, please identify any potential health and safety issues associated with the program. Visit travel.state.gov for more information about the host country.
  • Site visit: Submit a completed Site Visit Budget Form to reflect estimated major costs (included below) Travel will be authorized and processed following UF international travel policy.
  • Brief faculty CV(s)

Proposal applications may be electronically submitted as a single pdf file, in the order above, by November 10, 2016 to AcademicPrograms@ufic.ufl.edu.

Interested faculty are strongly advised to attend a Request for Proposal (RFP) information session on Monday, October 24, 2016, 10:00 am – 11:00 am in the International Center’s large conference room, inside The Hub.

For additional information on the implementation of UF Faculty-led Study Abroad programs, please contact Dr. Angela Miller, Director, Study Abroad Services at amiller@ufic.ufl.edu.

For questions, please contact Cynthia Tarter, Assistant Director of UFIC Undergraduate Academic Programs, by email at ctarter@ufic.ufl.edu