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International Travel Course Development Grants

The OIE is pleased to announce that a limited amount of grant funding will be available for May 2020 to help Simpson College faculty develop new international travel courses by allowing them to visit the site of a new course. [PLEASE NOTE:  all travel supported by these grants must be completed by May 31, 2020].  The primary purposes of these grants are to allow travel course faculty to gain first-hand knowledge of, and experience in, the location of a new upcoming international travel course as well as to reduce costs for students by giving the course leaders knowledge of in-country accommodation and transportation options such that they can make such arrangements themselves and thereby limiting the use of third-party travel providers. 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 2019-2020 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 2021, but if funds still remain, grant applications from instructors who anticipate submitting a course proposal in January 2021 for May Term 2022 will be considered for funding as well.  Please consult the Course Development Grants Call for Proposals 2020 document for specific details and also submit a completed ITC grant budget form for 2020.  

Grant applications should be submitted electronically to Jay Wilkinson in the OIE by 3p.m. on Mon., March 2, 2020.  The Study Abroad Committee will review all grant applications and will make funding recommendations to Dean Cheryl Jacobsen who will make final decisions by mid-March.  Grant applications received after March 2 will be considered on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted.

Call for proposals to direct an upcoming semester abroad program

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

  • Adelaide, Australia in Fall 2022 (mid-July through late November) Simpson partners with the University of Adelaide in the capital city of the state of South Australia to offer this program.

Interested faculty members should consult the Call for proposals to direct Australia Fall 2022 semester program document and be in touch with Jay Wilkinson to discuss proposal ideas by Mar. 26, 2020.  (Because directing a semester abroad program offers opportunities and constraints, this meeting is essential to be able to write an informed proposal.)  Proposals should be submitted by Mon., Mar. 30, 2020.  Also, please review the Expectations for SEA semester-long program directors document as it provides important information about the role of a semester-long program director.  Upon submission, proposals will then be reviewed by the Study Abroad Committee which will make a recommendation to Dean Jacobsen, who will make the final decision about who the director for this program will be.

Students who participate in study abroad programs often cite their experiences as some of the most valuable of their college career.  Working in another country for a semester can also be a career highlight for faculty leaders.  Our faculty make these opportunities available by their willingness to direct our programs.  We hope you will consider submitting a proposal.

International Travel Course proposals

Faculty members interested in proposing an off-campus travel course for May Term 2021 or Summer 2021 should consult the Guidelines for planning successful off-campus travel courses for May Term or Summer 2021 and use the updated course proposal (2021 TRAVEL COURSE PROPOSAL FORM).  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.  While the form doesn’t need to be submitted until April 1 for the following year’s travel course, here is the May Term 2021 Logistics Form for your reference and use.

International travel course proposals for May Term 2021 are due to the Office of International Education by Wednesday, January 15, 2020, and for Summer 2021 by Friday, February 14, 2020.

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.

Policies for accompanying non-student participation in Simpson College short-term or semester-long study abroad programs

Please consult the Policies regarding Non-Student Participation in Travel Courses or semester abroad programs document for clarification regarding accompanying non-students on study abroad programs.  For questions or clarification, please contact 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 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.

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