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Short-Term Programs

The Office of International Programs (oIP) is committed to fostering faculty development opportunities with a global emphasis.  Consequently, the oIP encourages all full-time faculty members to take advantage of an exciting faculty development opportunity: teaching a short-term course abroad.  

Generally, courses run from three to eight weeks over the summer and offer three to nine credit hours.  Course approval must be routed through regular unit and college channels. Recently JMU has provided successful summer study abroad opportunities in Argentina, Austria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K.  Courses offered during the regular semester with a required trip over spring break or at the end of the semester have also been successful.

All Program Directors who are new or who plan to offer new programs must schedule a meeting with Jason Good, the Director of Study Abroad prior to proposing a program.

A meeting is required if you are:

1. New to directing a Short-Term program

2. A Director leading a program to a new location

3. A Director leading a program following a 3-year
(or more) time lapse. 

In further preparation for submitting a proposal, faculty should be in communication with their academic departments and colleges regarding their plans and curriculum.

An online proposal requires specific information on the following topics:


  • Dates
  • Locations
  • Curriculum
  • Other Faculty and Personnel
  • Program Description

Proposals for Spring Break 2017 and Summer 2017 are due by August 1, 2016. New and returning Program Directors must submit a completed proposal.

See the Short-Term Program Proposal page for instructions and links.