Program Development Considerations

Site Selection

There are several considerations in the selection of a program country and site(s).  Here are a few to keep in mind:

  • Site selection is all-important insofar as its relation to faculty's language proficiency, institutional, research and cultural ties, and/or field(s) of expertise.
  • Innovative site selection is often defined as non-traditional locations. This may reflect 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.

Program Design & Providers

Program Design

Several program designs and methods of delivery exist and faculty members may employ a variety of approaches to teaching abroad. The particular approaches summarized below reflect an increasing emphasis on innovative and nontraditional design:

  • Research: Programs that promote research abroad build upon a growing emphasis at UF on 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-sponsored 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 that seek to bridge 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.


Suggested Custom Program Providers include:

Please note that this list is by no means comprehensive or inclusive and is only a suggestion for faculty members. However, if you would like to work with a different provider, please contact us first.

Courses Taught Abroad

All Faculty-Led Study Abroad programs are self-funded and first-time courses offered abroad need special off-book approval through DOCE. A Program Approval Form needs to be signed by both your department chair and dean and then returned to UFIC. Please contact Susanne Hill to find out if the course you plan to offer has already been approved through DOCE.

Program Budget

Once your program is approved, contact June Bristol to schedule an appointment to discuss a budget for your study abroad program. As a program director, you will need to provide a detailed list of onsite expenses. Please complete the Budget Worksheet in preparation for meeting. All faculty-led program budgets must be based on at least 10 students.

Travel and Per Diem: The program budget will include the following for each faculty member on site:

  • Teaching Salary
  • Housing (paid at 100%)
  • Airfare (paid at 100%)
  • A per diem, up to the following amount: Department of State Foreign per Diem Rate x 62% (max).

Note: International health insurance for faculty will be included in the program budget.