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Faculty Resource Page

The Office of International Education has developed this page to assist our faculty with identifying the resources available to them relating to study and research abroad. Here you can find some important information about:

  • Developing a faculty led study abroad program,
  • Accessing the faculty handbook for study abroad programming, 
  • Starting the Fullbright process
  • Connecting with other International Education Advocates on campus, 
  • International Advisory Committee
  • Understanding the pre-registration approval form, (PRAF.)

Developing a Faculty Led Study Abroad Program at Fitchburg State: The first step in developing a faculty led study abroad program at Fitchburg State is to start the conversation! We welcome proposals to countries all over the world, and work with many trusted International Education Organizations (IEO's) to support your program on site.

Complete the Faculty Led Study Abroad Course Proposal form (PDF) and get the conversation started. Please note the signature chain that is outlined at the end of the document and follow accordingly, giving ample time for processing.  In the meantime, here is the presentation from the November 2017 CTL sponsored program, "Developing A Faculty Led Program" (PDF) which may begin to answer some of your questions. 

The Handbook for Faculty Led Study Abroad (PDF) is now available through this link. We would like to thank the 2016-2017 International Advisory Committee for the generous assistance provided updating this handbook. 

The Fulbright Program: is an American scholarship program of competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. Do contact the Director of OIE, Nelly Wadsworth, for a power point presentation on this fascinating opportunity.  Clicking on the logo will direct one to the Fulbright Scholars page. 

Fulbright logo

International Education Advocates on campus: In 2014, as part of the Generation Studies Abroad grant program, OIE developed a list of Advocates on campus. To date, there are over 70 faculty, librarians and staff included on this list, highlighting the level of diversity that makes up our campus. We send out one or two emails each year to the members informing them of our progress and including members in a call for programming and classroom visits. If you would like to be included on this list, do contact the Study Abroad Advisor to have your name added. 

The International Advisory Committee (IAC) aims to provide helpful guidelines for and support to faculty and librarians on internationally focused curriculum, study, research, training, or travel abroad. For the 2016-2017 Academic Year, the IAC consists of: 

4 Faculty/Librarian Members... 

...and 2 Administrators...

Note: The 2017-2018 IAC has yet to be determined. 

The Pre-Registration Approval Form (PDF), or PRAF as it is commonly referred to, is the official University document that informs the Registrar that your advisee will be abroad during a particular semester. Your advisee will meet with the Study Abroad Advisor to determine courses/requirements to be satisfied at the foreign university, and then follow up with the Departmental Advisor for approvals. At that time, the document must be forwarded to the Registrar (syllabi/course descriptions included) for final approvals. If you have any questions about this document, feel free to call or email the Study Abroad Advisor or the Office of the Registrar.  

Do enjoy these photos of our faculty and students participating in one of our many programs, and be encouraged to speak with these faculty if you have any questions about their experiences leading a program at Fitchburg State: 

2017 Krakow Spring Break Program with Professor Spero...

Krakow spring break 2017

2017 Paris Spring Break Program with Professor Takehana...

Paris spring break program 2017

2016 Japan Spring Break Program with Professors Amakawa and Warmouth...

Japan spring break program 2016

2015 Spring Break in Kraków, Poland with Professors Spero and Svolba...

Krakow spring break program 2015

2011 Verona Summer Program with Professor Sarefield...

Verona summer program 2011

2009 Ireland Summer Program with Professors Budd and Chetro-Szivos...

Ireland summer program 2009

2014 Summer Verona Program with Professors Laytin and Sarefield...

Verona summer program 2014

Verona summer program 2014

2014 Spring Break England Program with Professor Tracy...

England spring break program 2014

2015 Spring Break France Program with Professor Scapparone...

2015 spring break France program

2015 Summer Verona Program with Professors Govindan and Maldari...

2015 Summer program Verona