Study Abroad Partner Site Visits

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

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.

CIEE Spring 2018 Group Site Visits

  • CIEE Study Centers – Khon Kaen, Thailand and Shanghai, China, March 11-18, 2018 ($400 program fee + airfare)
  • CIEE Study Centers – Budapest, Hungary and Amsterdam, the Netherlands ($400 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 Berlin & European Union (Freiburg), March 19-25, 2018 ($500)

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):
April 23-27, 2018 (with optional visit to DIS Copenhagen).
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 OSA), $400
Homestay (up to six nights) $400
Optional daytrip to DIS Copenhagen (covered by OSA) - $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



  • All full-time sSt. Thomas staff and clinical, tenured, or tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply.

  • Faculty or staff members who have received an international travel or faculty seminar award in the preceding three years are not eligible.

  • Proposals must be submitted by the application deadline, Monday, November 6, 4:30 PM to be considered.


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 Office of Study Abroad, 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 6, 2017, 4.30 PM.
Post-Grant Reporting: No later than one semester after completing travel, awardees agree to submit a brief written report to OSA, 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.