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Study Away Program Proposal Process


Lead Students!

We are excited that you are interested in offering a domestic or study abroad faculty-led program! These opportunities can be rewarding, not just for the students, but for the faculty leader as well. This website is developed to provide information you will need as you develop your program. Please contact our office and your department chair and college dean as soon as you begin thinking about developing a program.

Get Started

To begin the proposal process, please contact Director of Global Opportunities and Study Away Committee (SAC) Chair, Catherine Marshall (marshalc@ohio.edu). OGO provides departments and faculty with assistance and support during all phases of program development and implementation. In addition to staff support for your program, you will receive our faculty newsletter and be invited to attend our brown bag gatherings and workshops.

SAC recommends that faculty have prior experience at the proposed program site. Knowledge with the location usually makes for an easier planning process and enhances the likelihood of overall success. Limited funding for reconnaissance trips is available for international program development if you need to travel to explore your program site. Please contact Catherine Marshall (marshalc@ohio.edu) for more information.

Partner with a Third Party Provider

Need assistance with planning the logistics in a host country? Working with a third-party provider or an existing partner university can help you with program planning. IEP is an embedded provider in the OHIO Office of Global Opportunities. At your request, IEP can provide a proposal for your customized faculty-led program through their consortium of partners including CISabroad and Kaya Responsible Travel.

You may also select to partner with one of the following providers*:

*If you are interested in working with a provider not listed above, please be aware a formal RFP may be required.

Plan a Successful Program

The Study Away Committee (SAC) reviews all new study abroad and domestic study away proposals. It is best to submit a program proposal as early as possible in case the committees request clarifications or revisions. Early submission also ensures that you will have enough time to promote the program and recruit students.

International Study Abroad Programs

Domestic Study Away Programs

Contact Catherine Marshall (marshalc@ohio.edu) to get a link for the online proposal form.

Program Date to Begin In:

Program Proposal Submission Date:

Fall 2022

September 1, 2021


Winter Break 2022-2023
Spring 2023
Spring Break 2023

December 1, 2021


Summer 2023

February 1, 2022

Fall 2023

December 1, 2022

* Due to COVID-19, proposals to most destinations will require an annual risk review (see below) prior or in addition to SAC consideration. Please add one month to your timeline if your program meets the criteria for a risk review.
** Programs housed in COB, HSP, HCOM, or Patton College of Education must be reviewed by the appropriate college committee prior to SAC consideration. Please add one month to your timeline.

Travel Review and Pre-Approval Process (Risk Assessment)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all programs must be pre-approved by the Study Away Risk Assessment Committee and the Provost's Office. Please see OGO's Risk Management website for more details. If you need further assistance, please contact Kirsten Dabelko.


When traveling with students, it is important to be familiar with the policies related to students studying away from campus. OGO will hold a Faculty Director Training Workshop for all new faculty directors, co-directors and assistants. It is a one-time required meeting where staff from The Office of Legal Affairs will join our office to speak about topics related to leading a domestic or study abroad program.


The following is a list of forms needed during the planning and implementation process.

For Directors Abroad and Away

Additionally, OGO has developed a number resources to assist faculty leading programs away from OHIO. Some are listed below, while others are accessible to program staff through emergency folders shared via OneDrive. 

Note that all program staff and potential accompanying dependents must sign up for international health insurance coverage (see below). Additionally, please read the health and safety information available here carefully.

Director Access to the Program Staff Portal

Student applications and required paperwork are collected in the Global Opportunities Application and Registration Portal (GO App). Once a program is approved, faculty directors work with OGO staff to tailor the application to each program’s requirements. Faculty directors are able access the Program Staff Portal and view applications. Please log in using the Ohio Login at https://ohiouniversityglobal.force.com/Faculty/.

Exchange Start-Up Information

Over the years, OHIO has entered into a number of exchange agreements. Exchanges offer the benefits of (1) careful assessment of curricular and academic compatibility for sending and receiving students, (2) promotion of ongoing and long-term academic connections between faculty and students, (3) maintenance of tuition at the home/sending institution, and (4) in some cases, diversity of international studens within the undergraduate student population.
Exchanges are most successful when there is (1) direct faculty and departmental support, (2) long-term commitment and (3) an agreement is preceded by a careful analysis of specific curricular fits.

Promotion of exchange balance is vitally important to ensuring a successful exchange. Achieving a balanced number of students sent and students received is a perpetual challenge at OHIO and at most US universities; in short, more students are eager to attend a US college for a term or two than US students are eager to venture abroad. Consequently, OGO encourages carefully considered exchanges, preferably driven by student desire and study abroad trends.

Faculty, departments and colleges interested in pursuing an exchange agreement, should make an appointment with Kirsten Dabelko, Exchange Program Coordinator to discuss their plans.