Faculty-Directed Programs

Education Abroad encourages all UM faculty to consider developing a faculty-directed study abroad program. Faculty are key to the success of study abroad at the University of Montana. Faculty have a tremendous influence on students' learning and development. Education abroad is excited to assist faculty in planning their faculty-directed programs. We provide administrative and logistical support for all faculty-directed study abroad programs. 

All faculty-directed education abroad programs must meet the following conditions in order to be offered during the global pandemic:

  1. US travelers (students and program leaders) must be allowed entry into destination for length of program;
  2. All program participants and leaders must follow CDC guidance for international travel and follow general public health considerations such as handwashing, cleaning/disinfection and respiratory etiquette;
  3. All program participants and leaders must follow all airline and destination entry requirements, such as testing, vaccination, mask wearing and quarantine. Students should be aware that if they do not follow the destination’s requirements, they may be denied entry and required to return to the United States. Students should check with the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information page for destination-specific entry requirements;
  4. Program leaders and participants must follow applicable local and regional government guidance in destination for COVID-19 risk mitigation which might include measures such as masking, social distancing, lockdowns, and more;
  5. Programs must have a quarantine plan if required upon arrival, and for programs 3 weeks or less in length, the destination country must not require quarantine upon arrival; the cost for quarantine must be accounted for in the program budget;
  6. Programs must have a plan for isolating participants in a single room with a single bath should the need arise in case of illness, and account for this added expense in the program budget;
  7. Host family accommodations are not permissible unless the host family members are fully vaccinated with a WHO approved vaccine for COVID-19;
  8. Programs must limit regional movement as much as possible while preserving travel that is deemed necessary for the quality of the education abroad program; however, a destination’s government should allow freedom of movement locally within the country as well as regionally;
  9. Layovers should be avoided to the extent possible;
  10. Programs must have an academic continuity plan for if/when the program or student’s participation is interrupted;
  11. Programs with local community engagement (i.e. service-learning) with vulnerable populations may be limited. Due to the range of community partners, populations, and service types, such programs will depend on established policies of the partner organization(s) for their services and client populations.

Step 1: Consider the program structures and review the deadlines


Program Term Deadline
Spring/Summer First Friday in April of the prior year
Fall/Winter First Friday in November of the prior year

*Program leaders should complete applications before these deadlines.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Step 2: Meet with the Director of Education Abroad for assistance in developing the program proposal

In the meeting, the following will be discussed:

  • Program structures
  • Online proposal process
  • Resources and support services provided by Education Abroad (including customized online student application system and program management). 

Step 3: Prepare and submit the proposal

  • Consult Guidelines for preparing the proposal.
  • If the Faculty Director’s salary is paid from general funds and/or part of the study abroad fee, apply here.
  • If the Faculty Director's salary is paid by an external sponsoring organization, apply here.
    • Credits are facilitated by the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning
  • Program Directors whose program is sponsored by the College of Health or UM Health and Medicine, will need to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire, provided in the online application.

Step 4: Proposal review process

Your proposal will be reviewed by your chair/director, dean, and Director of Education Abroad.

You will be notified within one month of the decision.

Step 5: Recruit students

Step 6: Meet with the Director of Education Abroad to prepare for the logistics of the trip.

Consult the following resources:

Step 7: Provide orientation for students