For Faculty

Become a partner with the Study Abroad Office

If your academic interests take you outside of the U.S. borders, consider touching base with the Study Abroad Office.

We can:

  • connect your students with opportunities to study, intern, or volunteer abroad - for a semester, year, or summer
  • play an administrative role in helping you design and deliver a safe and effective travel course
  • distribute information on international faculty-development seminars or travel opportunities
  • deliver workshops on cross-cultural communication, re-entry adjustment, or assist with coordinating events around international themes
  • serve as a resource to keep you healthy and safe while you travel internationally

There are even more ways we can help. Contact us to see how we can best work together.

Travel Course Application Process

Interested in designing and leading a travel course? The application process begins over a year prior to the time you would lead students abroad. Concept proposals are due once a year on January 15. Those that are approved by the Study Abroad Council are then invited to submit a full proposal, due on March 15.

It is recommended to work closely with the Study Abroad Office and your department chair throughout the entire proposal process.

To begin, consult the Faculty Handbook for guidelines on designing, leading, and returning from travel courses.

Application Timeline:

Phase 1 - Concept Proposal

Phase 2 - Full Proposal

Phase 3 - After acceptance, before travel

Additional information specific to the program will be provided before leaving the country.

Health Insurance While Abroad

Regarding Health Insurance for Faculty while Abroad

Faculty leading travel courses will be enrolled, along with their students, in an international health insurance plan valid for the duration of the program.

Faculty who are traveling independently - e.g. attending a conference or doing research internationally - have access to international medical coverage while enrolled in the Simmons BCBSMA PPO and HMA plans.

For out-of-country coverage while on the PPO plan:

The member can be covered out of the country by the out-of-network benefits part of the Blue Care Elect Plan. This includes routine care. Information about claims submissions as well as general coverage information can be found here. While out of the country, members can also call BCBSMA collect, 24/7, at 1.804.673.1177, should the need arise for instructions concerning inpatient admissions or surgeries.

For out-of-country coverage while on the HMO plan:

The HMO coverage is much more limited and the member can be covered out of the country for urgent and emergency care only (no routine visits). Information about claims submissions as well as general coverage information can be found here. While out of the country, members can also call BCBSMA collect, 24/7, at 1.804.673.1177, should the need arise for instructions concerning inpatient admissions or surgeries.

*Under both the plans, the member may need to pay up front. For out of country claims it is essential that all bills be complete and comprehensive; bills must be completely itemized. Surgeries and inpatient admissions must have complete and comprehensive clinical notes. BCBSMA does not cover anything that does not meet their medical policy, or anything considered experimental.

Additional Travel Resources

All faculty and staff have access to TravelConnect, whose services include assistance with money transfers, translation services, emergency travel arrangements, and replacing lost travel documents. Call 1.800.423.2765.