Call for proposals to direct an upcoming semester abroad program

The Office of International Education is seeking faculty proposals to direct one of two upcoming “Simpson Experience Abroad” (SEA) semester programs:

  •  Argentina in Spring 2018: Simpson partners with UCEL, a Methodist-affiliated institution in Rosario, Argentina.
  • Tahiti in Spring 2018: Simpson partners with the University of French Polynesia and Horizons Francophones on the South Pacific island of Tahiti in French Polynesia.

Interested faculty members should consult the Call for proposals to direct Tahiti and Argentina programs for 2018 and be in touch with Jay Wilkinson for guidance and assistance prior to submitting a proposal by the deadline of Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.  Upon submission, proposals will then be reviewed by the Study Abroad Committee which will make a recommendation to Dean Griffith, who will make the final decision about who the program director for this program will be.

International Travel Course Development Grants

The OIE is pleased to announce that a limited amount of grant funds will be available for Summer 2015 to help Simpson College faculty develop new international travel courses by allowing them to visit the site of a new course. International travel course development funds can be used to cover airfare, lodging, and meals, as well as any excursions which might be included as a future travel course activity. All faculty members with full-time contracts for the 2014-2015 academic year can request funding of up to $2,000. Priority will be given to those instructors whose courses have already been proposed and are in the approval process for May Term 2016, but if funds still remain, grant applications from instructors who anticipate submitting a course proposal in January 2016 for May Term 2017 will be considered for funding as well. Grant applications should be submitted electronically to Jay Wilkinson in the OIE by 4pm on Wednesday, April 8. It is anticipated that funding decisions will be made by the end of April. Grant applications received after April 8 will be considered on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted.

For more details, please see the document Course-Development-Grants-Call-for-Proposals-2015 as well as the required budget document (ITC grant budget form for 2015).

Off-Campus Travel Course proposals

Faculty members interested in proposing an off-campus travel course for May Term 2017 or Summer 2017 should consult the Guidelines for planning successful off-campus travel courses for 2017 and use the updated course proposal form which will be available by Oct. 1 at the latest.   Faculty interested in proposing an international travel course should also review the following two documents:  Expectations for Short Term Study Abroad Faculty Leaders as well as Assistance provided to Simpson College faculty leading short-term study abroad experiences.

International travel course proposals for May Term 2017 are due to the Office of International Education by Monday, January 18, 2016, and for Summer 2017 by Monday, February 15, 2016.

Online study abroad application website

If you need to access the online study abroad application website to review applications submitted for a travel course or semester abroad program you will be leading, click on this link (http://simpson.abroadoffice.net/index.html).  If you need assistance with your user name or password for the system, please contact Jay Wilkinson in the OIE for assistance.

Expectations for Short-Term Study Abroad Faculty Leaders

Faculty Leaders of short-term study abroad courses are expected to abide by policies, procedures, and guidelines established by the college with regard to academics, student development practices, and administrative issues.  Please consult the Expectations for Short Term Study Abroad Faculty Leaders and direct any questions you may have about the document and the policies outlined in it to the Director of International Education.

Crisis Management Plan for Study Abroad

If you’re leading a Simpson-sponsored study abroad experience, you should be familiar with the college’s Crisis Management Plan for Study Abroad.  Click Crisis Management Plan (internal) in MS Word–updated 4-3-15 for a the most up-to-date version of the document, and if you have any questions about your role in the plan, please contact Director of International Education Jay Wilkinson.

Your Adventure is About to Begin!

For a copy of the pamphlet provided to all study abroad students at their pre-departure health and safety orientation session, click here Your Adventure Is About To Begin.

International Education Incident Report

If you’re leading a college-sponsored study abroad experience and someone gets injured, needs to be hospitalized, or is involved in a criminal act (either the victim or the perpetrator), please use the Incident Report for International Education to record the event.  Once completed, either fax or send the report as an email attachment to the Office of International Education as soon as possible.

Semester Abroad Program Director’s Self-Evaluation

Upon completing a Simpson Experience Abroad semester program, faculty directors are required to submit a written evaluation of the program. The evaluation should be submitted electronically to the Director of International Education no later than one month after program completion. Click here for Program Director report template.

Non-Students participating in Study Abroad Programs

Faculty members teaching May Term International Travel Courses or leading semesters abroad who are planning to have non-students join their study abroad programs must complete the following liability forms.

For more information about any of this information, please feel free to contact:

Jay Wilkinson 
Director of International Education
Simpson College
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125
(515) 961-1288
toll free (800) 362-2454, ext. 1288