Instructor Guide for Group Study Programs

Everything you'll need to know to lead a group abroad

What is a Group Study Program

Group Study Programs (GSPs) are short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs that allow students to travel and earn academic credit through experiential learning. Instead of simply moving traditional campus learning to a foreign destination, they provide you the opportunity to take your classroom into the field and offer a complimentary set of courses to the destination that is being visited. Using existing research and teaching connections, or through the development of new global connections, you can tailor your program’s courses to give students firsthand, experiential knowledge of your subject matter. 

Many new instructors to Group Study Programs struggle with visualizing how to take classroom curriculum directly into the field. This enhanced learning experience will take some time to plan as you will have to reconsider how you present your topic, assess learning outcomes, and logistically care for your students. The staff in Study Abroad, particularly the GSP team, are here to support you every step of the way. You will find support and advice in program development, logistics, budgetary matters and many other areas related to field programming. The responsibility for the academic content of your program will remain with you and your academic department. Programs can be hosted by, or held in collaboration with another university or can use the field as their classroom.

Instructor Handbook

This handbook can be of use when preparing your field school and also while in the field.

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The GSP Journey

Your responsibilities as an instructor will change with each phase of your Group Study Program. Here is what you can expect throughout the execution of your program.

Getting Ready

Getting Ready

Once your program is approved, the Group Study team will help you with advertising, admission of applicants, and preparing the group as a whole.

In Field

In Field

The possibilities are endless, when you move your classroom outside of the traditional campus setting! Learn how Study Abroad supports you while you are in the field with the students and the resources that you will have access to.

Upon Return

Upon Return

When you're back on campus we can help you wrap up the program and get you excited about running your next one.