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RIT Global

Leading a new faculty-led program abroad is a complex but also very rewarding experience that takes about a year of planning and preparation prior to departure. There are several factors you should consider when developing a new program such as personal commitment, college support, program models, cultural immersion, safety and cost. In this section you will find detailed resources to help you explore what it means to create an impactful program abroad

Things to consider

From personal commitment to cultural immersion, this document outlines some important topics to consider when developing a program idea as well as some resources that might help you in your decision making.


Whether designing a new program or renewing a previously established program a full year of planning is necessary to secure appropriate permissions, evaluate risk, plan logistics and effectively recruit students to participate.

Faculty-Led Program Development Timeline

Faculty-Led Program models

When developing a program, you have the following five faculty-led program models to choose from. The program model you select will depend heavily on the curricular needs of the program, the support from your Department Chair and Dean, your personal travel availability and student needs. Each model has unique characteristics that will affect timing, financial aid availability and cultural immersion so it is important to work closely with your college leadership and the Education Abroad office to understand the best program model.

Program Type Chart

Student Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester, Fall/Winter break (travel enhancement), Summer/Fall (travel enhancement): April 15
  • Spring Semester, Winter break/Spring (travel enhancement), Spring/Summer (travel enhancement): October 15
  • Summer: March 15

Roles and Responsibilities

This chart outlines the responsibilities and expectations of the Faculty-Director as well as supporting organizations such as the college, the office of Education Abroad, the office of Global Risk Management, etc.

Site visits

We strongly encourage faculty-directors to conduct an in-person site visit in an effort to better understand how to integrate the culture into the curriculum, to evaluate the site for safety concerns, to make connections and do some logistic and budget planning. International Education and Global Programs offers site visit grants. Learn about the application process and expectations here.