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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.

The deadline to submit a proposals for teaching a Global Seminar in 2020 is April 15, 2019. 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

Bob Cancel

Prof. Robert Cancel, Professor Emeritus of Literature
“I’ve been fortunate to have terrific, organized students, who make the most of our course work, field trips and the culture of Granada.  The program has been a thoroughly invigorating experience when it comes to my teaching and interactions with students inside and outside of the classroom.  Our local study abroad partners have also been wonderful to work with, meeting all of our needs with grace and efficiency.”

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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."


Prof. Stephanie Jed, Professor of Literature
"The UCSD Global Seminars program has afforded me the opportunity to do my best teaching. With a 28-student limit, I was able to develop a successful mentoring relationship with almost every student. Each student, in turn, was eager to work hard in this context and made special efforts to contribute to an intellectual group spirit. The Global Seminars staff provides exceptional support at UCSD and has established very positive relationships with staff onsite who support students, professor, and arrange all logistics. Teaching in Rome (Revelle in Rome), I came to trust that every effort I made (in preparations and work with students) would be rewarded many times over by the students’ hard work, success, and enjoyment of learning. I have also enjoyed a continuing mentor relationship with many students at UCSD."


Prof. Nancy Kwak, Associate Professor of History
"Global Seminars offers the truly extraordinary opportunity to teach and learn from real places. It's one thing to talk about the Nazi Party, and another to show them the Gestapo headquarters, to talk about gentrification in Seoul versus walking through the rapidly transforming neighborhoods of Gangbuk. Global Seminars also provides all the practical help you need before, during, and after your program."


Prof. Cecil Lytle, Professor Emeritus of Music
"Few lecture courses in the humanities, arts or social sciences can be properly taught solely with a domestic perspective. Teaching a UCSD Global Seminar has encouraged me to update courses materials for classes I presently teach on campus with an international context. Additionally, taking students abroad even for the short six-week summer session helps notoriously Amer-centric students foster an appreciation for a globalized community of ideas."

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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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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."



Prof. Patrick Patterson, Associate Professor of History
"For me, teaching in the UC San Diego Global Seminars is especially satisfying because it offers the opportunity to do something we just can't do on campus, that is, to use the incredibly rich sights, experiences, and histories of the foreign location to advance the instructional aims of my courses. Having done a Global Seminar over the course of five summers since 2009, I tell my colleagues, my friends, and my students that the two cities where I've taught -- London and Berlin -- end up doing no small part of the work for me. And I mean it: over and over again, I see my students getting "hooked" on these great places, and being so drawn in by the experience of living and learning there that they want to dig deeper, to see more, to experience more -- even to read more. It's been very rewarding to see how hard they're willing to work, how seriously they take it, and how meaningful the study abroad experience is to them."

Sue_Peerson.jpgSue Peerson, Continuing Lecturer of Urban Studies & Planning Program
"There is no better way to see how a city is shaped by history, social change, politics, and environmental factors then to give a guided walk with students on a Global Seminar. Learning the principles of urban design goes beyond the classroom. Students learn how to become keen observers to better understand the forces that shape a place. We have incredible staff at UC San Diego and partners at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar who work with us to provide an engaging learning experience. I thoroughly enjoy teaching a Global Seminar because it brings students and faculty together in impactful and memorable ways."

nancy-postero.jpgProf. Nancy Postero, Professor of Anthropology
"Teaching the Global Seminar in India gave me the rare opportunity to bring my teaching out of the classroom into the world.  I got to work closely with a wonderful and committed group of students who were eager to challenge their own understandings and allow the new place and people they met to remake them. It was without a doubt the most meaningful teaching experience I have had at UCSD."

Mirle-Rabinowitz-Bussell_Head-Shot-2018.jpgMirle Rabinowitz-Bussell, Continuing Lecturer of Urban Studies & Planning Program
"On my Global Seminar Program at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, I found it incredibly rewarding to see the course material come to life through the eyes of the students. I also appreciated the opportunity to spend five weeks with many students who were first-time international travelers. The Global Seminar Program is an ideal way to introduce students to the value and power of embedded, international, experiential learning. The Global Seminar Program is a gem on the UC San Diego campus, and I highly recommend it to faculty and students!"


Prof. Pamela Radcliff, Professor of History
"What I most value about teaching the Global Seminar is the opportunity to be part of a "high impact" educational experience for both the students and the faculty member."



Alison-Wishard-Guerra.jpgAlison Wishard Guerra, Associate Professor of Education Studies
"Teaching in Ecuador through the Global Seminar program has been a transformative experience for me as a scholar and educator, providing a profoundly impactful opportunity to situate my area of scholarship in a lived experience and to share my passion for child development, culture, and education with small groups of amazing undergraduates. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience to guide a small group of undergraduates through the living classroom of the global seminar program. Participating in the Global Seminar program has significantly impacted both my research and teaching endeavors during the academic year at UCSD. I think all students and all faculty should have the opportunity to live, study, and teach abroad at least once!"

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, 2019.

Submit your proposal in electronic form to Jim Galvin ( Label your document as follows: (last name, GS 2020). 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. Course Compliance Form (DOC) if this course has not yet been taught on a Global Seminar
  9. Your CV