Information for Faculty

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Course Overview

UTM Abroad Courses are developed by academic departments, taught by UTM faculty, and linked to the International Education Centre who facilitates the UTM Abroad program. Courses are offered during the semester, or year, with an embedded global experience during the break periods (e.g. Fall/Winter Reading Week), or embedded in a summer course. Pedagogically, UTM Abroad Courses capitalize on their international location, connecting the global experience to the course material. The International Education Centre’s budget assumes responsibility for additional costs associated with a faculty member’s participation in a UTM Abroad Course, whereas the ancillary costs associated with a student’s participation are sought annually through the ancillary budget process.

Course Formats

UTM Abroad courses could be offered in any of the following formats:

  • A semester or full year course with a mandatory embedded international experience during a study break or an embedded experience during the summer. These courses would generally be smaller, seminar style field courses at a 300 or 400 level for approximately 10-15 students with the international experience as a requirement;
  • A semester or full year course with an optional embedded international experience during a study break or an embedded experience during the summer. These courses would generally be larger, lecture style courses with an alternative assignment that would provide 10-15 students with the option to participate in the international opportunity on an application basis. Those students who do not partake in the international experience would complete an assignment locally. International experiences may be offered each year, or on a defined cycle (e.g. alternating years).

Course Descriptions

Courses that will offer UTM Abroad international experiences will include in their course descriptions, the following statement:

As part of this course, students may have the option of participating in an international learning experience that will have an additional cost and application process.

Benefits of Partnering with UTM Abroad

By partnering with the International Education Centre to offer courses under the UTM Abroad, faculty would gain access to a one stop solution that can facilitate the course planning and the implementation of international component by offering the following:

  • Assistance with the course governance approval process associated with the international component of the course; 
  • Addition of the INT course designations for approved courses;
  • Assistance with itinerary, logistics and budget planning;
  • Assistance with the compulsory academic ancillary fee governance process;
  • Marketing under UTM Abroad (e.g. website, tabling, recruitment fairs, etc.) and provision of marketing materials;
  • Participant registration, fee collection, overall communication and student support;
  • Coordination of safety planning, audits, training and on-site support at no cost to the department;
  • Coordination of accessibility planning, audits, accommodations and on-site support;
  • Financial support for one faculty member participants travel costs; 
  • Student needs-based bursary program;
  • On-site administrative staff support (upon request);
  • On-call support from the IEC while the group is abroad.

Course Timeline for 2018-19 Courses

Month

Event

Description

June

Faculty proposal

Interested faculty must submit a proposal for the international component of the course to UTM Abroad.

July

UTM Abroad approval

Proposal will be reviewed and selected by UTM Abroad.

August to October

Course governance approval process

Course descriptions are submitted to the Office of the Dean for curriculum approval.

September to November

Itinerary and budget development

UTM Abroad will work with the faculty to develop the itinerary and budget for the international component of the course.

December to March

Academic ancillary fee governance process

UTM Abroad will submit the corresponding budget for ancillary approval.

Fall Courses

Month

Event

Description

March to June

Course promotion

UTM Abroad will develop and disseminate promotional materials and information sessions.

March to July

UTM Abroad applications

March - mandatory courses

May to July – optional courses

*where needed, candidate interviews will be conducted

September

Orientation and training

UTM Abroad will deliver an orientation session and will coordinate with partners to provide health and safety training.

October

Travel dates

Study break – October 8 to October 12

Winter Courses

Month

Event

Description

March to September

Course promotion

UTM Abroad will develop and disseminate promotional materials and information sessions.

September to October

UTM Abroad applications

*where needed, candidate interviews will be conducted

January

Orientation and training

UTM Abroad will deliver an orientation session for the group and will coordinate with partners to provide health and safety training.

February

Travel dates

Study break – February 18 to February 22

Summer Courses

Month

Event

Description

January and February

Course promotion

UTM Abroad will develop and disseminate promotional materials and information sessions.

March to April

UTM Abroad applications

*where needed, candidate interviews will be conducted

May or July

Orientation and training

UTM Abroad will deliver an orientation session for the group and will coordinate with partners to provide health and safety training.

April and May or July

Travel dates

Study breaks – April 24 to May 5 or June 23 to July 2

Faculty Expectations

For the successful implementation of the international component of UTM Abroad Courses, faculty will work closely with the International Education Centre including participation in the following:

  • Planning meetings to develop or update the course description, create the itinerary, build the budget, and review promotional materials;
    • Approximately 3 to 5 meetings plus ongoing email communication as needed.
  • Applicant selection through the review of applications, participant selection, and individual or group interviews (where applicable);
  • Staff approval based on UTM Abroad's pre-selection of support staff (where applicable);
    • Approximately 1 or 2 meetings with selected staff in preparation for travel.
  • Orientation meeting(s) for students prior to departure;
    • 1 or 2 sessions depending on course requirements. 
  • Participation in the international component at the same standard as the students (flights, accommodation, activities, etc.);
  • Feedback meeting with UTM Abroad upon completion of the international component;
  • Participation in the site audit prior to the trip (optional, associated costs must be covered independently).

Course Proposals

  • Interested faculty must complete a UTM Abroad Course Proposal detailing their objectives, requirements, and draft itinerary for the international component of the course and submit it to utmabroad@utoronto.ca;
  • Applications will close at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, July 11, 2017;
  • Decisions will be communicated to faculty by the beginning of August;
  • For additional information please contact us at utmabroad@utoronto.ca.