Faculty Teaching Study AbroadThe San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) Study Abroad Program is currently accepting applications from SMCCCD faculty who wish to teach abroad during the Fall 2020 semester in London or Spring 2021 semester in Florence with the Northern California Study Abroad Consortium (NCSAC), as well as applications to develop Short-Term, Faculty-Led Programs in various locations around the world in Summer 2020:

Northern California Study Abroad Consortium (NCSAC)
Since 1986, SMCCCD Study Abroad has participated in the Northern California Study Abroad Consortium (NCSAC) to offer semester-long study abroad programs in various destinations in Europe. With this program, full-time SMCCCD faculty live and teach abroad for 12 weeks and are paid their usual salary for a 100% load. The NCSAC prefers disciplines that cover general education breadth requirements for the UC and CSU: English Communication, Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Physical and Biological Science (lecture only). Faculty in this program recruit at least 20 students, with the support of the SMCCCD Study Abroad office.

Short-Term, Faculty-Led Program (Summers, locations vary)
A Faculty-Led Program (FLP) is a credit-bearing course where the faculty member and the registered students travel abroad for a portion of a course or for the entire course (FLP’s average between 2-3 weeks). Typically, a faculty member will propose a location with which they have extensive experience and/or knowledge, and to which they can connect their course curriculum. Faculty Leaders work with the SMCCCD Study Abroad office, along with an approved third-party provider, to coordinate program logistics. All full-time and part-time SMCCCD faculty are welcome to apply and are paid their regular summer session rate. Faculty Leaders recruit at least 15 students.

All faculty proposals to teach abroad must be reviewed by the SMCCCD Study Abroad Advisory Committee, with prior approval by the faculty member’s Dean, Vice President of Instruction, College President, Dean of Global Learning Programs and Services at Skyline College, and Director of Special International Programs. Any study or travel tour must go through District approval as part of an educational program of the District and in collaboration with an approved study abroad program provider. Faculty may contact the Study Abroad office for a list of approved providers or for assistance in developing a study abroad program. Faculty may not promote any travel program to students without first receiving District approval. Please refer to District Board Policy No. 8.47 Study/Travel Tours for more information.

Applications to teach abroad in 2020 or 2021 are due March 1, 2019. Interested faculty may schedule a consultation with Zaid Ghori, Director of Special International Programs at (650) 738-7088 or ghoriz@smccd.edu.

Teach Abroad Applications:

NSAC Semester Abroad Application
Faculty-Led Program Application

SMCCCD Study Abroad is the district-wide study abroad program housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College.  For more information about studying or interning abroad, faculty teach abroad opportunities, community travel for lifelong learners, visiting international faculty presenters and student scholarship opportunities, please contact Zaid Ghori at (650) 738-7088 or ghoriz@smccd.edu. You can also learn more by visiting the SMCCD Study Abroad Facebook page or Instagram page @smcccd_study_abroad.

Article by Stephanie Wells

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