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Information for Faculty


UC San Diego is proud to be a leader in student exchange and study abroad program development within the University of California system, working to provide new and exciting opportunities to all students. Global Education and Study Abroad staff aim to assist faculty throughout the program development process to establish academically rigorous opportunities at peer institutions that are affordable, accessible, and enriching.

Faculty who are interested in student exchange, embedded, dual degree or faculty-led program development will need to carefully read the guidelines below.

Student Exchange Programs

UC San Diego Global Education and Study Abroad staff support faculty members interested in developing bilateral student exchange programs with key research and pedagogical peer institutions and programs around the globe.

Additionally, there are bilateral student exchange programs managed at the systemwide level through University of California Education Abroad Program. Our Study Abroad staff are available to support faculty members throughout the process of developing a new exchange program.

Responsibilities of the Faculty Member and Academic Department

The following responsibilities will be discussed during an initial meeting with Study Abroad staff. The initiating faculty member will complete this proposal form addressing the following:

  • Demonstrate the strategic priority of the exchange;
  • Provide evidence of student interest;
  • Review any existing exchanges for redundancy or overlap;
  • Map the curricular pathway for each targeted major so that student participation will count for their degrees (e.g. identify direct course equivalencies or courses that will be approved by the department to fulfill major or minor requirements);
  • Commit to recruiting and selecting outbound student participants;
  • Show evidence of ability to work with partner, both for student selection and to ensure reciprocal balance;
  • Designate faculty and staff who will be responsible for working with the Study Abroad office to ensure program success;
  • Participate in the promotion of the program and recruitment of outgoing students in addition to assigning academic advisers for incoming students; and
  • As available designate grant monies in the first two years of the exchange to help students defer expenses (e.g. airfare) and to assist with promotion of the exchange.

Responsibilities of Global Education/Study Abroad

Global Education, Study Abroad, and ISPO staff will:

  • Provide consultation to faculty to help determine what program model best meets the goals for the collaboration;
  • Draft the student exchange agreement and serve as liaison with the partner institution to negotiate the terms of the agreement;
  • Obtain necessary UC San Diego administrative approval for the agreement;
  • Vet proposal exchange program with the appropriate Academic Senate committees;
  • Route the agreement for approval and signature;
  • Once the program is established, Study Abroad staff will:
    • Advise students on the opportunity;
    • Advertise the opportunity to departments across campus;
    • Develop a student budget;
    • Assist outbound students with enrollment and registration at host university;
    • Advise outbound students about financial aid, health insurance, housing abroad, and visa regulations;
    • Provide outbound students with a pre-departure cultural, health and safety orientation;
    • Maintain contact with UC San Diego students while abroad to ensure wellbeing and to advise on transcript requests upon program completion;
    • Assist inbound students with enrollment and registration at UC San Diego
    • Assist inbound students with housing in San Diego;
    • Process visa documents for inbound students;
    • Ensure inbound students complete application materials (e.g. TOEFL/IELTS, tuberculosis screening, immunization requirements, academic integrity tutorial, health insurance requirements);
    • Provide orientation for inbound students upon arrival at UC San Diego.

Checklist for Faculty

  1. Submit proposal online
  2. Schedule initial consultation with Global Education/Study Abroad staff
  3. Work with partner institution to assess curriculum equivalency
  4. Once curriculum equivalency is complete, inform Global Education/Study Abroad staff
  5. Confirm reciprocity capacity with Global Education/Study Abroad
  6. Once agreement is signed, begin marketing, outreach, and recruitment for program
    1. Work with Study Abroad staff on joint outreach initiatives, events, and the design and production of marketing collateral;
    2. Engage department colleagues to advertise the program to their students and in classes


Student Exchange Program Development Flowchart

Embedded Study Abroad Programs

Global Education and Study Abroad staff encourage faculty to add a global component to academic courses through the submission of proposals for an Embedded Study Abroad program.

Embedded Study Abroad Programs are:

  • undergraduate or graduate course taken at UC San Diego that include a credit-bearing, global field or travel component;
  • taught and led by UC San Diego ladder ranked faculty (or LSOE);
  • seven to ten day global experiences during spring break or the first week of summer break that compliment content covered in the course taught during the previous quarter;
  • an additional cost to the course, and require student enrollment in a specific section of the course;
  • Not mandatory for all students enrolled in the course.

Embedded Study Abroad Programs are a useful vehicle to allow students to accrue credits towards a department’s Global Concentration (see tab below).

Proposal development information coming soon!

Global Seminars

Global Seminar Opportunities for Faculty

Since 2008, UCSD has offered a special study abroad option, UC San Diego Global Seminars, which are 5-week summer programs (2 courses = 8 units) taught by UCSD faculty in different countries around the world. They are enriching experiences for both students and faculty, involving both in-class time and local excursions. Faculty are compensated for teaching the courses through a base salary and a benefit package (including airfare, accommodation, per diem, health insurance and other incidentals).

We particularly encourage discipline and geographical diversification.

2019 Global Seminars are being held in Australia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the U.K.

Teach a Global Seminar

The deadline to submit a proposals for teaching a Global Seminar in 2019 was April 15, 2018. See Teach a Global Seminar below for detailed requirements.

For more information about teaching a Global Seminar, please contact Jim Galvin, Director of Faculty-Led Programs, to discuss your course proposal.

Additional information about Global Seminars

Resources for Global Seminar Faculty Leaders

Testimonials from Global Seminar Professors

John Moore headshot

Prof. John Moore, Professor of Linguistics
"The GS program brings faculty and undergraduates together in a unique way. Classes are rigorous, but being on location makes the classes memorable, and students rise to the occasion. It is an adventure that bonds together fellow travelers: faculty connect with students in small classes and excursions, and students form lasting friendships."

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Prof. Joe Pasquale, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
"In my 22 years at UCSD, nothing can compare to the wonderful time I had teaching my Global Seminar, Mathematical Beauty in Rome. I remain deeply affected by the students I have had, and the memorable experiences that we shared. I cannot more strongly recommend this program to other faculty."

Davis Mares portrait

Prof. David Mares, Professor of Political Science
"I have to say they are the best courses I have taught in 27 years at UCSD."

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Matthew T. Herbst, Ph.D. Director, Making of the Modern World Program Eleanor Roosevelt College
"For me personally, there has never been a teaching experience so intensely rewarding as the GS program. The GS format breaks down traditional barriers (and their comforting shelter) between student and professor. Most beautifully, faculty become a very special person in the lives of young people who are reaching out to engage another culture and its history while navigating this in a foreign environment, language, and currency, and looking to you, not to hold their hand (they are not interested in that) but to give them the tools of understanding to use confidently for their own exploration and adventure. The program is as rewarding as it is demanding, so in that respect it needs to be approached carefully. For those who do, however, the experience will be well worth the effort for the students as much as for the faculty."

Teach a Global Seminar

To apply, faculty must submit a detailed program proposal, including all forms and syllabi (preferred) or course descriptions. See the Faculty Proposal Instructions (PDF) for more details about compensation, available locations, and course description guidelines. Please also review the Outreach and Recruiting Plan before submitting your Global Seminar application.

Due date: April 15, 2018.

Submit your proposal in electronic form to Jim Galvin ( Label your document as follows: (last name, GS 2019). For forms requiring a signature, scan the signed document or submit an unsigned electronic version first followed by a signed hard copy (Jim Galvin, Study Abroad, UC San Diego, mailcode 0095).

You proposal must include the following items:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Both course syllabi (preferred) or course descriptions
  3. List of excursions
  4. Course Information Form (DOC)
  5. Departmental Approval Form (DOC)
  6. College Approval Form (DOC) if you will be teaching a College core course
  7. Faculty Information Form (DOC)
  8. Your CV

Global Concentrations

Study Abroad alumni

Academic departments are encouraged to propose a global concentration option, allowing students to showcase global competency within the major. Adopting a Global Concentration option provides a flexible framework that would not compromise students' time to degree but rather capitalize on their study abroad experiences, language skills, and UCSD global content courses. 

What is a Global Concentration?

Recently endorsed by the Academic Senate Undergraduate Council, a Global Concentration for undergraduate majors at UC San Diego seeks to create "an organic, flexible framework for academic integration and global education in disciplines, increase faculty/department engagement with international education, and expand student participation in education abroad programs."

The Committee on International Education encourages UC San Diego departments to create a transcripted 'Global Concentration' for any major within a department. Departments might selectively identify some but not all majors in the department for the Global Concentration option.

The criteria for successfully completing a Global Concentration is as follows:

  • A minimum of eight units earned through study abroad, of which a minimum of four units would count toward the major
    • This can include study, research, and internship experiences provided they are transcripted.
  • Demonstration of proficiency in a second language through the fourth quarter of university-level instruction)
    • This is the standard set by the two colleges at UC San Diego which require second language proficiency. Students who are bilingual and bi-literate, or have been taught extensively in another language, could satisfy the requirement by providing appropriate documentation.
  • A minimum of two courses with department- or program-identified global content (courses which focus on non-US cultures, countries, or policies.
    • This could be satisfied by courses designed for the discipline and offered by the department, or from a list of courses approved by the department and offered outside the department, including on study abroad programs. *There may be overlap between these classes and the course credits mentioned under the first criteria above!

Departments Currently Offering Global Concentrations



Political Science

Learn More About Global Concentrations

"Global Concentrations in Majors: A Framework"

Contact Jay Minert, Director of Outreach and Academic Engagement for Study Abroad, UC San Diego (, for more information about how Study Abroad Programs can fit into your department's proposed Global Concentrations framework.

UCEAP Opportunities for Faculty