Being an Advocate for Study Abroad

You, as faculty and staff at Valpo, play an important role in encouraging students to consider studying abroad. Often, students who hear about opportunities from a faculty member in class or during an advising appointment are more likely to look into the opportunities available to them. We are incredibly grateful to you for the support you provide to our students and to us.

In order to make Study Abroad possible for all students, we need your help as professors, advisors, and mentors, as you have a strong influence on their academic decision-making. International Programs – Study Abroad considers you to be some of our strongest allies, and we want to work with you to increase and diversify our opportunities and also to recruit students who may not have previously considered Study Abroad. By working together, we can assist students in finding programs that will fit within their academic plans, challenge them academically, and provide them with life-changing experiences.

Here are some ways you can help us as advocates of Study Abroad:

Classroom Visits

Contact International Programs – Study Abroad to schedule a time for our staff to visit your class and talk about Study Abroad. We can keep it brief — five to 10 minutes — or, if you’d be interested, we can do a longer presentation. Simply send us an email (study.abroad@valpo.edu) with the date/time you’d like us to come, location, number of students, and any particulars you’d like us to highlight. We can make it as general or specific as you’d like.

International Programs – Study Abroad staff are also willing upon request to make presentations to faculty groups, departments, offices, and other campus groups.

Study Abroad Fair

Encourage students to visit the Study Abroad Fair at the beginning of each semester. It’s a great place for them to learn about program offerings, speak with International Programs – Study Abroad Staff and recently returned students, learn about scholarships and financial aid, and more. Faculty and staff are always welcome to stop in and gather information as well. There are also smaller info sessions and events on campus that students can take advantage of as well.

Academic Advising

Browse program offerings and learn about what opportunities might best suit your students. Not sure what might work best for your student/advisee? Reach out to International Programs – Study Abroad — we’re happy to answer any questions, or if you’d like us to join you and your student for an advising appointment we are happy to help.

Scholarship Advising

Serve as a mentor for students applying for large, national scholarships. Often they can get overwhelmed with the application process for a large scholarship, but having some support can make a tremendous difference in both their comfort level and in the quality of their application. Contact International Programs – Study Abroad for more information.

Apply to be a Resident Director

The Cambridge, Reutlingen, and Hangzhou Study Centers are directed by faculty resident directors. The Cambridge and Reutlingen terms are two years, and the Hangzhou term is one semester (fall).

Please contact Erin Kunert, associate director of Study Abroad programs, with any questions and to obtain more information, job descriptions, and application requirements.

Propose a Faculty-led Program

Consider designing, proposing, and leading a program in your area of expertise. To learn more, visit our Faculty-led Program Development Section.

Other Ideas?

Don’t hesitate to reach out to International Programs – Study Abroad if you have other ideas or ways you’d like to be involved. We’re always open to new ideas, and we greatly appreciate any support you can provide.

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