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International Study Tours

The following resources are designed to facilitate an international study tour from its conception to a group's return.

  • The Tentative Timetable provides an overview of the steps involved in planning to lead an international study tour.

 

 

 

 

  • Plan your budget with the Budget Planner Excel worksheet.
    You should discuss the proposed budget with the VP for Administration and Finance or with the College Comptroller.

 

  • All students should be screened for academic eligibility. If you do not know the student well, you should contact the student's designated reference person. Students should also agree to behavioral guidelines by signing the participation document.

 

  • At a pre-departure meeting, students should be made aware of health and safety issues. Some suggestions are available at: Health and Safety Issues.

 

  • In case of emergency, information must be collected from students about contact persons and medical alerts. This information should be confidential, but sealed copies of the information should be housed during the trip in the following locations:
    • Provost's office
    • CPS
    • Office of International Programs
    • Student Life

 

  • Once you have returned, you should meet with the Provost and Director of International Programs for a debriefing. Some of the questions we will want to ask are on the Faculty Feedback Form.

The international advisory committee had adopted the policy of having a second adult along on the trip as the "co-leader" who has no teaching responsibilities but will help with management of the group during the tour. The Provost has suggested that this second adult be of the opposite sex from the study tour leader when possible.

 


Timetable for Planning a Study Tour

 

These dates are guidelines for the steps involved in setting up a study tour abroad. Specific deadlines announced by the Provost’s Office supersede any suggested deadlines here.

Goal Forms Approximate Summer Deadline
Establish contacts in country(ies) to be visited   Previous Summer
Discuss idea with Director of International Programs and Provost   August 15
Hold first interest meeting with students (Make sure students have passport information, and alert students to any health information at this meeting also.) Student Participation Form (Word Document) September 1
Develop detailed itinerary   October 1
Submit official course proposal to Provost   October 15
Consult with Business Office on budgeting Budget Planner (Excel Worksheet) November 15
Submit budget to Business Office for approval   November 30
Hold interest meetings with students; all promotional materials distributed to students   December 15
Collect first deposit from students; hand over to Business Office   January 20
Hold informational meetings for students Student Information Form (Word Document) March 1
Deadline for receipt of all program fees   March 15
Leave on trip. Take pictures. Enjoy!!   May
Report back to Provost and Director of International Programs Faculty Feedback Form (Word Document) August

 


 

Academic Credit for Tours led by Marietta College Faculty

The following guidelines should govern the procedure for obtaining approval of courses for academic credit when these courses are conducted at a site or sites abroad.

All students should be screened for academic eligibility. If you do not know the student well, you should contact the student’s designated reference person. Students should also agree to behavioral guidelines by signing the participation sheet.

The policy for budgeting and funding of off-campus programs is accessible on the Employees page.

Classroom/Contact Hours

  • For each one hour of academic credit, there should be 12 classroom or contact hours. Thus, a 3 credit course should include 37 contact/classroom hours. If some of the course experience is experiential learning, the time is doubled.
  • For experiential learning (such as field trips), one credit hour should involve 24 experiential hours. Note, however, the course requirements for a concrete product(s) as specified below. Academic credit cannot be given just for experience without some sort of concrete product that can be evaluated.

 

Course Requirements

As with any academic course, students must be required to display their learning in some concrete product or products that can be evaluated. Such products may include traditional means of evaluation such as tests and quizzes; however, for students to derive maximum benefit from the international experience, such products may also include papers, projects that can be presented to a wider audience, reflective journals and so forth.

 


 

Faculty Pay

In planning the budget, include expenses on the appropriate lines for the group leader and a second responsible adult.

The leader of an international study tour will be paid as follows:

  • Teaching salary $2,000
    • The leader must be paid a salary for teaching.

  • Course preparation and administration $2,000
    • The leader may elect to forego part of all of the course preparation and administration fee if this is the only way for the course to achieve its target enrollment of students who can afford the trip.
    • The leader may ask for a higher amount if justified by the amount of preparation entailed. This request must be discussed with the Provost, however.)

  • Travel expenses

 

Each study tour must include a second "responsible adult" of the opposite sex to the group leader. This accompanying adult should preferably be a MC employee and should be chosen by the leader of the study tour. The second responsible adult will receive:

  • Travel Expenses

If the second responsible adult shares significant teaching or course preparation and administration with the group leader, then s/he should also be paid:

  • teaching salary if the person shares teaching responsibilities relatively equally with the group leader;
  • part of the course preparation and administrative fee if the second responsible adult assists in a substantial way in the course preparation and administration.

 


 

Health and Safety Issues

In case of emergency, information must be collected from students about contact persons and medical alerts. (Download the Student Information Form.)

This information should be confidential, but sealed copies of the information should be housed during the trip in the following locations:

  • Provost’s office
  • CPS
  • Office of International Programs
  • Student Life

In addition, the trip leader must take a copy of the information on the trip.

It is important that we show due diligence in making sure that our students are informed of health risks and safety considerations. In your pre-departure meetings with students, make sure that every student receives printed information on health and safety.

Safety information is available at the State Department web site:

Health information, including advice on vaccines, diseases, health risks, and advice for staying healthy is available for regions of the world at the Centers for Disease Control web site at: http://www.cdc.gov/travel/destinat.htm

The CDC site is informational, but students must be encouraged to seek the advice of their own personal physicians. Likewise, while we can offer a lay person’s advice on staying healthy (drink plenty of water, put on sun screen...), we must be very clear that our advice is in no way a substitute for medical advice by a licensed professional.

Also, the Physician’s Assistant Program can answer questions and provide extra information about infectious diseases and other types of health concerns related to international travel.