Global Engagement

Study Abroad Program Development

Faculty Role in Study Abroad

Clemson University strongly encourages its students to participate in study abroad programs as part of their overall academic experience and program of study. Study abroad serves as a vital part of a student’s academic, professional and personal growth. Faculty members play an essential role in encouraging and advising students to participate in study abroad. Faculty-led programs are a particularly important means of encouraging our students to study abroad and of ensuring the academic quality and integrity of programming. Therefore, we are very pleased that you are interested in leading a Clemson study abroad program. 

Approval Process

Clemson faculty members who wish to develop and lead a study abroad program (whether credit or non-credit) must complete an approval process through their respective departments, colleges and the Office of Global Engagement (OGE). This process applies to all study abroad programs regardless of their length. Program budgets are handled in the Office of Global Engagement along with other essential components of programming, such as acceptance of applications, pre-departure orientation, obtaining insurance and required release documents. Individual faculty members and departments should not collect monies or payments for program fees.

Please refer to our Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs: Development, Approval, and Implementation Guide for complete details concerning the approval process. Key information which must be submitted to our office for the approval process is explained on pp. 6-10 in the guide.  In addition, you must submit an approval form (Appendix B in the guide, p. 16) with the signatures of your department chair and college dean.  The Approval Form (Appendix B) and the Program Proposal and Information Form (Appendix B-1) are available as a fillable pdf form or as a Word document.

Who to Contact

If you have questions or need assistance with the development and approval process for a study abroad program, contact Dr. Uttiyo Raychaudhuri or via 864-656-1753. 

If you  have questions or need assistance with the faculty-led program budget worksheets for either semester programs or summer/short-term programs, contact Lisa Marcus (

Forms and information

Complete Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs: Development, Approval, and Implementation Guide

Proposal and Approval Forms (fillable pdf format)
Proposal and Approval Forms (Word format)
Sample Completed Proposal Form

Budget Worksheet (Semester Programs)
Budget Worksheet (Summer/Short-term Programs)

Checklist for Leading a Program
Customized Study Abroad Program Providers (organizations or partner institutions that can assist you with program development)