Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Development Guide

WCU Center For International Programs


Dear Faculty, Eleuthera

West Chester University typically offers approximately twenty short-term international faculty-led study abroad programs each year, including both for-credit and non-credit options.

Centralization of the process was a necessary step for WCU and provides the following benefits:

  • Risk management alleviation for both faculty leaders and students.
  • Assistance with promotion of all programs through the CIP website and on-campus events to both WCU and non-WCU students.
  • Collection of necessary data for reporting to PASSHE, IIE (Institute of International Education) and the Jeanne Cleary Act. 
  • Assistance with the development of sustainable, successful programming.

WCU’s Center for International Programs (CIP) can work with faculty to identify and contract with universities abroad or third-party service providers who can build onsite structures to meet the program’s academic goals and needs.

The program proposal form for all 2015 programs is now available at the at the "Program Proposal" tab on the left.

All students are required to pay a $100 study abroad fee. In certain cases, the fee may be waived because the student has been invited to give a performance, display their artwork, participate in a service learning project,or present their research and no course credit is involved. Faculty/students should contact CIP if they think that their program is eligible for waiver consideration.

**When planning a program to country with a travel warning or embargo, for example Cuba or Mexico, please contact CIP more than 12 months before the start date.

Thank you for your interest in leading a study abroad program and for your efforts towards greater internationalization of West Chester University!


Jeff Conradi, Project Director