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Study Abroad Partner Site Visits

Global Engagement Grants

Study Abroad Partner Site Visits

Call for Applications for Global Engagement Grants. Deadline: Mon, Nov. 1, 2016
The Center for Global & Local Engagement is expanding its travel grant program this year in support of the strategic plan, St. Thomas 2020: Living Our Mission, Expanding Our Horizon and its Globalization Theme:

The University of St. Thomas will actively promote global engagement in teaching, learning, research and service in an ethical and socially responsible manner. We will accomplish this goal by developing global and intercultural awareness across the university; integrating global knowledge, skills and perspectives into the curriculum; enhancing study-abroad and off-campus learning opportunities; attracting international and ethnically diverse domestic students; and supporting a globally engaged faculty and staff.

For the first time, applications are invited for participation in a Study Abroad Partner Site Visits. St. Thomas partners with nationally-recognized organizations who facilitate undergraduate study abroad experiences. Site visits are designed to offer home campus faculty and staff first-hand on-site knowledge about students’ experiences and the diverse academic and cultural landscapes in which they study abroad.
Four grants are available to cover registration or program fees for one site visit:

  • CIEE (Global Institutes in London/Paris or Berlin/Rome or Cape Town/Gaborone)
  • DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia (Stockholm with optional Copenhagen)
  • IES Abroad (Granada, Spain/Rabat, Morocco or Nantes/Paris or Santiago, Chile)

Grants may require nomination or application; GALE staff will provide the necessary documentation.



  • All full-time St. Thomas staff, and clinical, tenured, or tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply.
  • Proposals must be submitted by the application deadline, Monday, November 1, 2016, 4:30 PM to be considered.
  • Faculty members who have received an international travel or faculty seminar award in the preceding three years are not eligible.



A completed grant proposal consists of the following:

  • Name
  • Title/Department
  • Which partner’s site visit are you applying for?
  • How have you been engaged with the Center for Global & Local Engagement, its mission and activities (this can include the former International Education Center)
  • Rationale and outcomes – how does this site visit align with the Strategic Plan's Globalization theme
  • What previous experience, if any, you have in the location/s you plan to visit)
  • A statement of support and approval from your supervisor

Deadline for complete applications is Monday, November 1, 2016, 4.30 PM.
Post-Grant Reporting: No later than one semester after completing travel, awardees agree to submit a brief written report to GALE, summarizing the on-site experience, providing a plan for meeting the outcomes listed in the proposal and next steps. Grant recipients should also plan to participate in an on-campus event, such as a dinner discussion, workshop or presentation.


CIEE Spring 2017 Group Site Visits
  • CIEE Global Institutes - London and Paris , March 20-26, 2017 ($500 program fee + airfare).
  • CIEE Global Institutes - Berlin and Rome, April 9-15, 2017 ($500 program fee + airfare)
  • CIEE Study Centers - Cape Town and Gaborone, April 23-30, 2017 ($500 program fee + airfare)
Participants will have a better understanding of:
  • the academic programs offered including program structure and content and host institution/CIEE Study Center facilities and faculty.

  • the physical location and attributes of the CIEE Study Center, host institution, and student housing.

  • the health, safety and security procedures.

  • the student housing and meal options.

  • the overall experiences of students currently participating in the site program(s) including academics, program excursions, co-curricular activities and daily life.

  • the roles and responsibilities of on-site CIEE resident staff and faculty. 

Who Will Benefit from Participation

Past participants have included Study Abroad Advisors and Directors, faculty with an active interest in promoting international education and college/university administrative staff who have a direct role in promoting Study Abroad within their institution.

IES Abroad

Each Study Center site visit is designed for participants to gain first-hand knowledge about the on-site facilities, meet with faculty, resident staff, and students, and acquire a better understanding of the culture and local environment in which the programs operate.

  • IES Abroad Granada, Spain & Rabat, Morocco, March 19-25, 2017 ($700)
  • IES Abroad Nantes, Paris & Paris BIA, France, March 19-25, 2017 ($500)
  • IES Abroad Santiago, Chile, May 7-13, 2017 ($650)


DIS Stockholm & Copenhagen: International Educators Workshop (IEW)
DIS welcomes education abroad professionals, faculty, administrators, academic advisors, and student affairs staff to an International Educators Workshop (IEW):
Monday, March 13- Friday, March 17. 2017 (with optional visit to DIS Copenhagen on Thursday, March 16).
The week will include opportunities to:  

  • Discuss key issues in study abroad with other participants and DIS faculty & staff
  • Review the DIS Stockholm curriculum and contribute to ongoing development and improvement  
  • Experience Swedish culture and society and get to know the city of Stockholm
  • Attend DIS classes and field studies
  • Visit different housing options
  • Learn more about both DIS locations, including an optional visit to DIS Copenhagen
  • Meet with students from your institution and other students to hear about their experiences
  • Develop partnerships for undergraduate research with DIS and US faculty mentors
  • Explore collaboration opportunities - faculty-led programs, visiting faculty, conference presentations, etc.

Workshop Fees:
Registration (covered by GALE), $400
Homestay (up to six nights) $400
Optional daytrip to DIS Copenhagen (covered by GALE) - $100
The registration fee includes:
pre-departure and on-site materials & support,opening reception, two lunches, mysig middag (small group dinners with staff & faculty), concluding dinner, transportation and entrance fees for field studies, refreshments throughout the week, and a 24-hour emergency contact
The homestay fee includes:
accommodations, transportation between DIS and your homestay, as well as breakfast and some dinners throughout the week
The optional daytrip fee includes:
roundtrip flight, local transportation, and lunch
Please note: for those not joining the daytrip to Copenhagen, there will be full IEW programming in Stockholm on that day