Carnegie Mellon University

Faculty-Led Study Abroad

Faculty-led study abroad trips provide an important piece of the overall study abroad picture at Carnegie Mellon. Each year, around 30 Carnegie Mellon students venture abroad in this manner. Architectural studies and language and culture explorations form the backbone of these experiences at Carnegie Mellon. Several well-respected programs are long-standing and highly successful.

Faculty members who lead these programs accept responsibility for students’ well being while abroad and spend significant time and energy in pre-planning and in carrying out logistical details while abroad.

Even experienced faculty members who are accustomed to the role of classroom instructor may find the additional role of travel agent, bookkeeper, security guard, first aid administrator, confidante, social planner, and emergency responder to be an overwhelming task. OIE's Guide for Short-Term Programs (pdf), provides a framework for most aspects of planning a short-term faculty-led program abroad including budgetary planning, logistical factors, curricular issues, and emergency preparedness.

In support of these programs, OIE staff can advise faculty leaders, direct interested students, support administrative functions and conduct targeted pre-departure orientation sessions (required for all study abroad participants). The following completed documents are required from all participants in Short-term Organized International Travel (STO-IT) and should be turned into the Office of International Education prior to departure. For more information or to arrange a pre-departure orientation session, contact a study abroad staff member.