Study Abroad/Off-Campus: For Faculty

Faculty-led Study Trips

SAIC faculty members are the driving force behind the conceptualization, development, and running of SAIC Study Trips. Those interested in the possibility of developing and leading a study trip should review the following resources:

Policies and Procedures for Developing and Leading Study Trip Courses Abroad

The Proposal Process for faculty-led study trips is a two-part process. The next round of proposals are for 2022 winter and summer study trips. Part 1 of the proposals is due October 1, 2020.

Getting Started

The interactive guide below is intended to:

  • Explain the full proposal process
  • Communicate guidelines on course development and SAIC travel policies
  • Provide fillable/printable proposal forms for submission to Study Abroad

Download and start working on the Study Trip Proposal Development Guide [fillable PDF]. Open with Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat. Please do not use Preview to edit the proposal.

Having trouble with the PDF? Refer to Study Trip Development Workbook [PDF].

Approval and Next Steps

Faculty are notified regarding decisions on their initial proposals in October. Once Part 1 has been approved by the Dean's Selection Committee, you have at least 2 months to develop and submit Part 2.

Refer to the guide for information regarding the following documents required for Part 2:

Please submit these items to Study Abroad by January 15. For examples of trip itineraries, syllabi, or budgets, please contact Study Abroad.


Study Abroad is available to meet with faculty for consultation and support in creating a reasonable itinerary and accurate budget documents. Please use GCal or call 312.629.6830 to schedule an appointment with Norman Miller, Assistant Director of Study Abroad.

Interested to see where SAIC has been? Look at our Past Study Trips [PDF].

Recommendations for Study Abroad

Has a student asked you to write a recommendation letter for their semester exchange? Download the Faculty Recommendation for Study Abroad [fillable PDF]. Right-click to download to edit in Adobe Acrobat—do not use Preview. Complete the form and submit to