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Faculty Toolbox for Global Seminars & Global Intensives

Education Abroad provides support to CU faculty members throughout the process of developing and running a Global Seminar or Global Intensive program. Please utilize the resources below to assist in framing your course and planning your program.


The Forum on Education Abroad - Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad
The Forum on Education Abroad is recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as the Standards Development Organization (SDO) for the field of education abroad. These industry standards cover Mission & Goals, Student Learning and Development, Academic Framework, Student Selection, Preparation & Advising, Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Measures, Policies & Procedures, Organizational &Program Resources, Health, Security, & Risk Management, and Ethics.
Leading Short-Term Education Abroad Programs: Know the Standards
This guide for leaders of short-term programs (8 weeks or less) explains what leaders need to know before running a program abroad. It is a framework for conversations between all those involved in the program.
Making Global Learning Universal podcast
Making Global Learning Universal is a collection of conversations about engaging diverse perspectives, collaboration, and complex problem solving in higher education—on campus, online, in local communities, and abroad.

Bibliography of Resources on Intercultural Education
Select readings designed to help educators foster transformative intercultural learning abroad.

Program Development & Marketing

University of Kentucky's Education Abroad Faculty Toolkit
This toolkit has been developed to be used primarily by faculty to aid in the development and implementation of embedded programs (i.e. international components to a course taught on campus) but it also includes helpful information for faculty developing a global seminar where the whole course is taught abroad.

Worldstrides/ISA Guide to Inclusive Program Design & Pedagogy for Short-term, Faculty-led Programming
This guide provides questions to ask yourself in designing your program, and resources to utilize related to inclusive program design.


Curriculum Development


The Forum on Education Abroad – Curriculum Resources (visit The Forum on Education Abroad site for login)

The Curriculum Toolbox is an online resource center where faculty and other education abroad professionals share their unique approaches to encouraging student learning abroad. The Toolbox contains education abroad course and program profiles, including submissions from past winners of the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design, as well as video and text interviews with faculty and administrators, syllabi, and more.
The Education Abroad Digital Resource Center: 
In collaboration with The New York Times, the Education Abroad Digital Resource Center allows faculty and education abroad professionals to share examples of how they use New York Times news, content, and archives to enhance education abroad learning before, during, and after the education abroad experience.

Opening Doors: Alternative Pedagogies for Short-Term Programs Abroad
Written by Peter Hovde, in NAFSA's Guide to Short-Term Programs Abroad, with Sarah E. Spencer and Kathy Tuma as editors. You can skip to page 7 of the PDF document which is a discussion of various pedagogical approaches to short-term education abroad courses.

True North Intercultural - Developing Intercultural Learning Objectives
by Tara Harvey – a guide for educators interested in fostering intercultural learning to design pedagogy for transformative intercultural learning. A great resource for faculty on how to incorporate intercultural learning into their courses.

Health & Safety


Helping a Student in Difficulty

A quick reference guide for CU faculty and staff to identify and support students of concern.

Travel Safety Information
This page will help you learn more about travel and safety conditions abroad.


CU Boulder Specific Resources


Community Agreement

This template can be used to set expectations and group norms with your students before the program starts – we encourage you to discuss it with students at a pre-departure meeting on campus. We’ve included some of the most common behavior-related topics, but feel free to adjust it according to your needs. 

International Risk Committee (IRC) Rules Governing Visitors

FERPA & Concerns for Student Behavior, Health & Safety: CU's Guidelines

Student Support and Case Management

Global Seminar Faculty Directors

Last Updated May 2024