International Travel Course development grants 

The OIE is pleased to announce that a limited amount of grant funds will be available this summer to help Simpson College faculty develop new international travel courses by allowing them to visit the site of a new course.   All faculty members with full-time contracts for the 2013-2014 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 2015, but if funds still remain, grant applications from instructors who anticipate submitting a course proposal in January 2015 for May Term 2016 will be considered for funding as well.  Grant applications should be submitted electronically to Jay Wilkinson in the OIE by Monday, April 7, 2014.  Click here for the grant details:  ITC Call for Proposals-2014 revised, and here for the ITCgrantbudget2014.

Call for proposals to direct an upcoming semester abroad program

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

  • Adelaide, Australia in Fall  2016:  Simpson partners with the University of Adelaide in the state of South Australia.

Interested faculty members should consult the Call for proposals to direct Australia Fall 2016 semester program and be in touch with Jay Wilkinson for guidance and assistance prior to submitting a proposal by the deadline of Thursday, March 13, 2014 (yes, this is during Spring Break).  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.

Off-Campus Travel Course proposals

Faculty members interested in proposing an off-campus travel course for May Term 2015 or Summer 2015 should consult the Guidelines for planning successful off-campus travel courses for 2015 and use the 2015 TRAVEL COURSE PROPOSAL FORM final. International travel course proposals for May Term are due to the Office of International Education by Monday, January 20, 2014, and for Summer by Monday, February 17, 2014.

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.

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 3-6-14 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 International Education Coordinator 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