part of the continuing effort to advance the University of Memphis’ strategic
goal of providing distinctive learning experiences that foster lifelong success,
we seek to increase the number of undergraduate students at the University of
Memphis who participate in a study abroad program prior to graduation. University of Memphis faculty are encouraged to renew short-term study abroad courses.
higher education, short-term study abroad programs are now considered to be
one-week to eight-week programs, usually faculty-directed and sponsored by a
home institution. There are multiple models, from a week or two of international
travel that is embedded in a regular or semester-length class to a six-week
intense summer program. The market for short-term programs has grown
dramatically, and recent data show that more than half of all students studying
abroad participated in short-term programs (NAFSA 2007). Given that many of our
students cannot spend longer periods overseas, it is important to develop and
offer quality short-term academic experiences.
short-term study abroad program proposal renewals will reflect an emphasis on best
practices in study abroad. Additional consideration will be given to proposals
that include: a high-demand course that satisfies general education or major or
minor requirements, a commitment to offer the course multiple times, study
abroad opportunities in underrepresented departments and majors, and study
abroad opportunities to less traveled destinations.