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Call for Proposals
Winter and Spring Break 2018
Maryland Short-term Study Abroad Programs


Thinking about offering a faculty-led study abroad program during Winter 2018 and/or Spring Break 2018? Education Abroad is seeking proposals for new and innovative short-term programs that support one or more of the following outcomes and goals:

  • Explore innovative solutions to current global issues
  • Facilitate cross-disciplinary interaction and collaboration
  • Diversify UMD faculty-led study abroad opportunities for students
  • Further undergraduate research opportunities
  • Expand the UMD study abroad program portfolio to underrepresented regions including Africa, Eastern Europe, South and Southeast Asia
  • Further integrate study abroad experiences into departmental and program curricula through pre- and post-programming
  • Provide opportunities for students typically underrepresented in study abroad

Preference will be given to program proposals that

  • Explore communities’ homegrown solutions to addressing global climate change and sustainability
  • Involve students in learning about or planning for carbon offset projects
  • Incorporate experiential learning (e.g., project-based learning, field work, service-learning, and civic engagement)
  • Have the potential to fulfill a General Education learning outcome such as Scholarship in Practice, Understanding of Plural Societies or Cultural Competence.
  • Programs with a minimum enrollment of 15 or higher

Proposal Submission Deadline and Instructions

New Programs:  Proposals must be submitted electronically via our web-based system and are due March 19, 2017. To request access to the proposal forms, please e-mail the following information to Jennifer Precht, Associate Director for Programs:

  • Name and UID of person who will serve as on-site Program Director (should be person submitting proposal)
  • Program Location:  city/cities and country/countries
  • Sponsoring Academic Unit

Repeating Programs:  Education Abroad will be contacting faculty who have led programs during a previous winter and spring break terms to gauge your interest in running your program in 2018.  We will also inform you if a full or short proposal is required this cycle.

Program Development Meeting
If you have questions about the proposal process, or if you would like to discuss developing a short-term program for 2018 or a future cycle, please contact Jennifer Precht, Associate Director for Programs, at 301-405-5747.

Please note that a program development meeting (in person or via phone) is required for all new and repeating program proposal submissions.

Sample Program Proposal Form
Preview of the proposal for a Maryland Short-term program.