Short-Term Faculty-Led Programs Abroad

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Students in Madrid with Professor Jose Moya.

At Barnard, education isn't confined to the classroom.  Every year, faculty take their teaching beyond Barnard's gates by leading a program abroad. Whether students are learning about theater in Helsinki, attending a seminar on global migration in Madrid, or researching soil microbes in Malaysia, these experiences give Barnard students the opportunity to explore the world while studying a subject in depth, guided by a Barnard faculty member.

Funding is available from the Dean for International and Global Strategy to offset the cost of a short-term faculty-led program for Barnard students.  Funding can go to subventing the faculty director’s costs on the program and/or defraying the cost of travel for students.  The maximum amount of funding available for a program is $5,000.  Proposals are reviewed by the Faculty Committee on Internationalization in conjunction with the Dean for International and Global Strategy and the Provost.   


There are currently three types of faculty-led program abroad, based on whether the program is for academic credit and the type of credit provided:

1) Summer faculty-led program abroad with credit-transfer to Barnard
Faculty are encouraged to develop programs abroad in conjunction with an academic partner over the summer.   Transcripts are issued by the partner institution and would count as transfer credit at Barnard.  Programs are typically around five weeks and meet for a minimum of 35 contact hours.  Please consult the requirements for summer credit transfer on the Barnard Registrar’s website at:  

Example: Professor Colleen Thomas-Young’s Barnard Dance in Paris summer program trains dancers in technique and composition and culminates in a performance of original work by students.  It is run in conjunction with the University of South Florida, which transcripts the summer course, and the credit is then transferred to Barnard.  


2) Short-term faculty-led program abroad linked to a semester course at Barnard
Faculty are encouraged to develop programs abroad in conjunction with their semester teaching.  The abroad component should be closely tied to the academic focus of the semester course and should take advantage of the location as a way to deepen the students’ understanding of the subject matter.  Typically, a program during the summer can be linked to a fall semester course and programs during the winter and spring break can be linked to a spring semester course.  

Example: The Architectural Design III studio in the Department of Architecture is designed around the study of a particular city, with a visit to that city as an integral part of the course.  In Fall 2015, Professor Kadambari Baxi took the studio to Amman, Jordan. The semester-long studio explored “diplomacy” as an overall topic. Issues of national identity and representation, international interactions and cultural exchange in relationship with design and architecture were investigated through multiple research topics, such as design of international currencies, architecture of American embassies, exhibits at the World’s Fairs, etc.  After the trip, students worked on design proposals titled "“Engines of Diplomacy"” for individually selected sites in Amman.


3) Short-term faculty-led program abroad not for credit
Faculty are encouraged to develop programs abroad that are not tied to academic credit but would enhance Barnard undergraduates’ understanding of a particular subject area, region, or country.   Examples include involving undergraduates in research projects abroad, having them participate in professional conferences and symposia, or engaging them in service-learning or volunteer opportunities.  Programs that provide a capstone experience abroad for majors are particularly encouraged.  

Examples: For the past few years, Professor Joan Snitzer has taken Visual Arts Seniors to Berlin to meet with artists and curators and visit studios and museums in order to get a better understanding of the international arts scene.

Professor Krista McGuire took Biology majors to Malaysia to to collect soil samples from tropical rain forests. The main focus of the project was to look at how the expansion of oil palm agriculture and logging are affecting the diversity and function of rain forest soils. The soil samples collected were brought back to the lab and analyzed as part of the students’ independent research and senior thesis projects.


It is strongly recommended that faculty interested in proposing a trip meet with Giorgio DiMauro, Dean for International and Global Strategy, ahead of submitting an application.

Application deadlines
For Summer 2018 proposed programs: November 1, 2017
For Winter or Spring Break 2019 proposed programs: April 1, 2018
See the Filefaculty-led_program_planning_timeline.docx

Please submit the appropriate program proposal form, as well as a preliminary budget, syllabus and itinerary to Giorgio DiMauro at