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Faculty Involvement

Faculty led trips are an integral part of Shepherd Study Abroad program.  The Study Abroad office works closely with and support academic departments to support these trips.  These faculty-led programs are international living and learning experiences that promote cultural understanding, personal enrichment, and professional development for both students and you as faculty. In support of our mission, these programs serve to internationalize the curriculum, encourage foreign language acquisition, and prepare students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences to become engaged global citizens. As a faculty member, you play an integral role in creating and shaping these unique learning opportunities for our students.

Shepherd faculty-led study abroad experiences are 2-4 week  during winter, spring break, or summer.  Students typically earn 3-6 credits while pursuing an intensive study of topics in a global context. As students are sometime deterred from studying abroad for an entire semester, these faculty-led programs provide greater access to opportunities for experiential learning in another country. Explore the current faculty-led programs to see the variety of disciplines and program structures integrated into these international experience.

Please check out the Policy and Procedure for organizing a faculty-led program and use the Academic Study Tour Proposal form to submit your faculty-led program.  Contact Yin Star, if you have questions.

We work closely with partner providers that help collaborate on Shepherd Signature Programs both faculty-led and semester long programs:

KEI:  Please check out KEI’s Handbook that specifically talks about Program Options for Faculty.  University affiliates in 20 top destination countries offering standard, customized, and integrated (our faculty teach) options. As a strategic partner of WVHEPC, KEI has several price and program advantages to consider.

Faculty that are selected to teach on a Global WV/KEI summer program will receive grant funding of up to $1,000 from the WVHEPC. Initially, they will receive a grant of $200 to be used towards promotional activities of their program throughout the state.  If the program is successful and recruits at least 8 students from the WV public institutions, the faculty will then receive an additional grant of up to $800 ($100 per student x 8 students max = $800). The faculty member is then expected to use these funds during their time abroad to develop a collaborative teaching (such as COIL) or research project.  For additional information, contact Clark Egnor, the Director of International Programs at the WV Higher Education Policy Commission at: or (304) 558-0261.

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is a teaching method that originates from the State University of New York (SUNY) System.  The COIL method partners students in U.S. classrooms with students in classrooms in other countries such that they work collaboratively to complete academic tasks that have been designed (also collaboratively) by their course instructors.  Given that just under 10% of U.S. undergraduates study abroad before graduating in four years, the COIL method makes it possible to deliver a global-learning experience to the 90% of undergraduates who cannot study abroad.  In comparison to study abroad, COIL is inexpensive; it is also highly interdisciplinary and affords faculty complete control of course content.  For these reasons, the HEPC has embraced the COIL method as one of the pillars of its internationalization efforts in the state of West Virginia.  For more information about COILed courses, COIL training or the COIL teaching method itself, please contact Dr. Megan E. Gibbons, COIL Coordinator for the HEPC, at  Here is a link to the SUNY COIL Center:

API Study Abroad: Under the Advisors area, faculty can customize programs.  Over two dozen countries across Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Programs can be as long as a full academic year or as short as two weeks. In addition to college study abroad programs, participants may pursue intern, teach, volunteer, or work abroad opportunities in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or Oceania.

AIFS: Check out what AIFS has to offer for faculty to build your program. Offers a mix of well-established and new semester and summer programs. STEM and Sports Science programs might be of special interest. Maintains long-standing programs in 22 countries, often with multiple sites.

CIS Abroad: Single and multi-country opportunities for study abroad. Internships also offered. CIS maintains standing programs in 20 countries.

ISAOver 75 institutional partners around the world. Particularly strong roots in Spanish-speaking countries. Offers internship, service learning, and research opportunities.