Study Abroad


Internationalization Strategies

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Internationalization opportunities abound at St. Ambrose! All it takes is some initiative and planning!

Integrate International Dimensions Into Your Domestic Courses
  • Integrate readings, films, music, art, assignments, lectures, and/or discussions with an international or intercultural focus.
  • Include an experiential learning or service learning component that enables the students to encounter intercultural issues relatively close to campus. Contact Dr. Ryan Dye or Sherri Erkel for more information.
  • Engage in distance team-teaching with our international partners in Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Ecuador, England, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Tanzania and Vietnam or with your own international contacts. Contact Dr. Ryan Dye for more information.
  • Cross-list your course as an IS (International Studies) course by consulting with Dr. Duk Kim.

Pursue an International Professional Development Opportunity
  • Apply for a Fulbright Scholar Award. SAU has a Leave Policy for Fulbright grantees.  
  • Apply for a CIEE Faculty Development Seminar.
  • Apply for an ISA Faculty Seminar.
  • Participate in the faculty development programs of the AsiaNetwork, which strives to strengthen Asian Studies on college campuses.
  • Organize a team to apply for a UISFL Grant to improve undergraduate education in international studies and foreign languages.
  • Conduct joint research and/or host a workshop, seminar, or conference with one or more of our international partners or with your own international contacts.
  • Apply to the Occasonal Lecturer Fund to recruit a Fulbright Visiting scholar to campus to exchange ideas and to share their specific research interests.

Teach a Course Abroad
  • Discuss with your Department Chair and Dean how integrating a study-abroad course into your regular teaching load can enhance your professional goals, enrich your students, and improve the curriculum.
  • Teach a winterim UMAIE course. You can enroll students from other UMAIE member schools into your course. You will normally teach the course as an overload.

Service Opportunities 
  • Serve as a Study Abroad Department Representative (SADR) or a Study Abroad Regional Expert (SARE).
  • Assist with the Study Abroad Fair in the fall.
  • Promote study abroad in your courses and to your advisees.
  • Help us to plan International Education Week in the fall and Diversity Fest, My SAU Experience, and the International Poetry Reading in the spring. 
  • Participate in the Bee Families program, in which you mentor an international student.
  • Volunteer to be an academic advisor for an international student.
  • Provide educational programming for the International Themed Community in McCarthy Hall.
  • Join us for our International Coffee Hour held during the first month of each new semester.