Short-term Study Abroad Program

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Short-term Programs

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Leading a program abroad is a both challenging and rewarding experience! Successful international short-term programs are a result of a collaborative effort between the program leader, the Study Abroad office, collegiate units, and departments. We find that students choose short-term programs as a way to incorporate study abroad into their curriculum without altering academic, professional, and personal responsibilities during their college career.

Our staff will assist you in planning a short-term program abroad. We'll discuss and help you with the following:

  • Program development
  • Selecting a provider/partner for on-site services
  • Location
  • Budgeting & student billing
  • Marketing (web, digital, & print)
  • Student application process
  • Orientation
  • Registration
  • Financial aid processing
  • Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency contact
  • Health & safety orientation
  • Post-program student evaluation

Develop a short-term program with our office

  1. Review the Short-term Program Leader Handbook.
  2. Review the Program Leader Checklist to facilitate timely proposal and promotion of your program.
  3. Discuss your program idea with the Study Abroad office and identify areas where you have questions or need support.
  4. Work with our office to choose a provider/partner to assist you with on-site logistics. Your on-site provider can also serve as a "second program leader". This fulfills the UMN Education Abroad policy which can lower the program cost (details below).
  5. Conduct a site visit to become familiar with your site, on-site partner, and to perform a "test run" of your program. Funding is available. Additionally, many study abroad program providers can assist with planning a site visit. They may also have funding and resources available.
  6. Download, print and complete the Short-term Program Proposal then submit it (and all accompanying documentation and signatures) by November 1 to the Study Abroad office to be considered for the following year
  7. Attend a "New Study Abroad Program Leader" workshop. 2017-18 dates TBD.

International Programs and Services and the Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Council review proposals. UMD Study Abroad strives to offer a diverse portfolio of programs each year. Program approval is competitive because of limited space.

Program Providers & Partners

Short-term programs must work with a program provider or partner. These providers/partners offer on-site services, logistical arrangements, and on-site risk management support. Providers/partners can also serve as a second program leader, which adheres to the UMN Education Abroad Policy

UMD Study Abroad has existing affiliate study abroad program providers. Explore their custom programming options:

Provider Criteria

Providers should be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of and experience in the location(s) to be visited
  • Ability to provide expertise, suggestions, and/or guest lecturer(s) for the academic area of your course and on-site activities
  • Reputation of services as evidenced by recommendations from other educational institutions
  • Understanding of U.S. safety protocols and ability to provide safety and security guidance to participants
  • Transparency in financial arrangements with the campus
  • Disclosure of relationships with campus staff to avoid conflicts of interests and ethics violations
  • Cost—recognizing that factors such as experience, expertise, and the provision of appropriate lodging, meals, safe transportation, etc., are often more important than lower cost


Lyndsey Andersen
Associate Director, Study Abroad