Global Seminar July 14-21, 2019 Lisbon, Portugal

Best Practices for Creating Successful Faculty-Led Programs

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As recent industry data confirms, students are increasingly opting for a short-term study abroad experience. Concurrently, faculty-led and custom models are proving to be successful vehicles for increasing diversity among study abroad students. In turn, it’s more important than ever for faculty, international education professionals, and administrators to understand the principles behind a transformative study abroad experience and the many ways it can enhance both the curriculum and the institution.


To respond to these key trends in global education, faculty and international education professionals share a responsibility for delivering high-quality short-term learning opportunities that are accessible to a wide range of students. This seminar will focus on best practices for faculty-led programs that support these efforts.


With a focus on how providers and sending schools work together to create excellent academic experiences, topics will include timelines for successful program delivery, ensuring academic excellence, effective methods of collaboration between study abroad advisors and faculty leaders, and program promotion and outreach to students.


Learn how to create the strongest faculty-led program possible, including how to maintain academic rigor and focus in short-term programs. Seasoned study abroad professionals will share their knowledge for creating structured, safe, and stimulating programs for you and your students.

This seminar will be a participatory workshop that will include introductory lectures, small group work, and excursions into the city to put our plans into action. Designed as a dynamic and interactive exploration of Lisbon through a variety of lenses, most sessions involve interactive exercises and discussions – giving participants the opportunity to experience co-curricular activities just as their students would.

Faculty and international education professionals working with faculty-led programs are encouraged to apply to give the seminar the perspective of both involved parties. During this seminar, participants will:

  • Identify key components for a successful faculty-led program
  • Gain insight about how to build productive relationships between faculty and international education administrators
  • Develop and design holistic, thematic, or interdisciplinary short-term learning experiences
  • Discuss successful program promotion and outreach to potential participants
  • Discuss strategies for supporting diverse students on study abroad programs
  • Leave the session with a detailed plan to deliver a short-term program that breaks down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture
  • The Planning Process

    Discuss ideas for streamlining methods of communication during the planning process.

  • Academics

    How can we make short-term programs high-quality academic experiences?

  • Cultural Components

    What elements are needed to make short-term programs meaningful, cross-cultural experiences for students?

Destination: Lisbon, Portugal

Older than London, Paris, and Rome, the hilly seaport of Lisbon has always been a major European political, economic, and cultural center. The capital city is full of intriguing contrasts; tiny shops with fading facades alongside mega malls; narrow cobblestoned streets alongside wide-open vistas. With a generous attitude towards foreigners, a holiday vibe, and a mild climate, it is a welcoming place with plenty to explore.


A key component to designing a successful faculty-led program is incorporating the local sights and culture into the curriculum for active learning. In this seminar, we will take advantage of the many opportunities Lisbon provides and approach excursions from the point of view of a program leader on an actual faculty-led program.

CIEE Lisbon staff will propose an array of proven co-curricular activities and reveal how to make the most of short program time over the brilliant space that is Lisbon. Outings may include the National Azulejo Museum, the Commission for the Dissuasion of Drug Abuse (CDT), a tour of National Parliament, a local cooking class, or a visit to REN: National Energy Headquarters.

*Please note, activities and site visits are subject to change.


$2,750* per person includes:

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The application deadline for this seminar has passed.