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Now that you have a solidified program idea and have done some preliminary research, it’s time to formally develop your program. This section is designed to help you understand the proposal and budget process. The Education Abroad office is here to walk you through each step.

Proposal Deadline for New Faculty-Led Programs

A call for new Faculty-led Study Abroad proposals will open on January 15, 2024. The proposal deadline for new faculty-led study abroad programs is April 15, 2024, for programs that will run in Spring 2025, Summer 2025, and Fall 2025. New faculty-led study abroad programs include any programs that have not run before and programs that are running again but have a new location and/or course.

Faculty must submit the Phase I proposal by this deadline  (click the link, then download/save it to your computer before filling it out).

Prior to the April 15 deadline, we encourage faculty to:

  1. Watch the Faculty-led Study Abroad Fundamentals webinar to learn about the faculty-led development process and how to get started. 
  2. Meet with your Department Chair and Study Abroad Liaison about your program idea.
  3. Meet with RIT Global to share program ideas and get feedback on program feasibility, program model options, best practices, etc.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the Faculty-led resources on our website, such as Policies, Faculty-led Program Director Checklist, Program Models, International Partnerships, etc. 

Renewing Programs: Faculty renewing a program need to notify the RIT Global office of their intent to offer a program the following year (Spring 2025, Summer 2025, Fall 2025) by the April 15 deadline. You will then work with the Education Abroad team to submit your Phase I Proposal in a timely manner. However, if you are changing the location and/or course, you must submit the Phase I proposal by this deadline.

If you have any questions about the proposal process, please contact Cecelia Hencke at

Faculty-Led Proposal Phase I

You will need to complete the Phase I form outlining the academic rationale for your program. Present it to your Department Chair and Dean for review and approval. Submit the final document and approval to the Education Abroad office. 
Download the Phase I Form (click the link, then download/save it to your computer before filling it out).

Faculty-Led Proposal Phase II

Complete the Phase II form outlining the program and travel logistics. Submit the final document to the Education Abroad office for approval by Risk Management and RIT Global. Download the Phase II Form (click the link, then download/save it to your computer before filling it out).

Budget Planning

Use this budget template to help you estimate program costs (the link will download an Excel file to your computer). Once you’ve done some research, you’ll bring this to a meeting with Education Abroad to build the total program budget and student budget.

Important Contacts

Successful study abroad programs are a team effort. Here are some important contacts and resources you may need to reach out to:

College Liaisons
CAD - Christine Shank (
CET - Melissa Aponte (
CLA - Lauren Hall (
CLA - Trent Hergendrader (
CHST - Ashley Jackson (
COS - Catherine Mahrt-Washington (
GCCIS - Gina Shevchuk (
KGCOE - Amy Neufeglise (
KGCOE - Matt Marshall (
NTID -  Wendy Dannels (
SCB - Hillary McCormick (

Financial Liaisons
CAD- Jascon Spaid (
CET- Katie Kinsley (
CHST - Sueann Maynard (
CLA - Israel Brown (
COS - Angela Dolliver (
GCCIS - Kim Shearer (
KGCOE - Anne Stevens (
NTID - Christy Kuhn (
SCB - Von Murphy (
SOIS - Mary Merkel (

Current RIT Partnerships

Click this link to view a list of current approved overseas partners and travel operators/tour vendors who might assist you in the development of your program.