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Global Faculty-Led Experiences (FLEX)

The Lewis Global Studies Center's FLEX programming initiative offers faculty opportunities to design and lead short-term global learning travel programs (1—3 weeks) to either enhance an existing course or as a newly credited course offered during winter, spring or summer breaks. This initiative replaces the former Global Engagement Seminars. The goal is to build a range of global experiential learning activities that can be readily adapted to departmental and faculty interests. Programs may be outside of the United States or have a global theme within the United States.

Current Offerings 2017-18:

J-term 2018

  • Brains, Behavior, and Evolution: An Integrative Field Course in Panama
    Application Deadline: Oct. 2, 2017
    Program Date: January, 2018
  • St. Petersburg, Russia with the Higher School of Economics
    Application Deadline: Oct. 2, 2017
    Program Date: January, 2018

Spring 2018

  • Poland: Yiddishlands - JUD 362 Seminar in Jewish Studies
    Application is through Spring Course Registration, Nov. 6-17, 2017
    Program Date: Spring semester with March break travel component (2018)

Summer 2018

  • Ireland: Overcoming Divided Histories
    Application Deadline: Feb. 5, 2018
    Program Date: May, 2018

Students - How to Apply:

To apply for a Global FLEX program, submit your application online in Smith International Travel Experiences System (SITES). Once in SITES, go to Search Programs and use the keyword 'FLEX' to locate the current programs. 

Faculty Guidelines:

  1. An initial site visit to plan the program and select local program providers, usually the year prior to the planned program. Faculty may be asked to seek additional support from CFCD or departmental funds.
  2. A one-time program development stipend of $1,000 is available for new programs.
  3. A faculty stipend of $2,000/week, for a maximum program length of three weeks, for planning, designing, leading and reporting on the travel program.
  4. Flight, accommodations and meals for the traveling faculty member.
  5. Partial coverage of student expenses based on financial need status. Students will be expected to pay for some portion of their program fees, and any related visa, immunization or other travel expenses.
  1. Priority funding is for programs intended to be offered up to three occasions. Funding beyond three trips will need to come from other sources. We discourage one-time-only programming.
  2. Faculty are required to participate in the annual faculty-led short-term program workshop and training offered each May. Additional pre-departure risk assessment meetings will also be required.
  3. In most cases, logistics will be supported by a local contractor or institution. A services contract and/or MOU will be prepared by the faculty member and local contractor in coordination with the Lewis Center.
  4. Programs are required to include professional student affairs support to assist with logistics and handle student health and safety issues during the program.
  5. Faculty will write a short report with documentation (such as photos and student assignments) for donor reports, to be submitted within 90 days of the end of the program.
  6. Students will complete evaluations and submit thank you letters to the donor(s) at the end of the program.

Course enhancement proposals will require Lewis Global Studies Center and Committee on Study Abroad (CSA) approval; proposals requesting a new course designation and credit will also need to be submitted to the Committee on Academic Priorities (CAP). This process can take 6—10 weeks depending on when the initial proposal is received.

  1. Proposal is initially submitted to the Lewis Center directors for review and determination of viability.
  2. Based on initial review and requests for additional information, proposals are subsequently forwarded to CSA for study abroad approval.
  3. Proposals that request a new credited course (typically 2 credits), and supported by the Lewis Center and CSA, are submitted to CAP for final consideration and course approval.
Please direct any questions about the Global FLEX program or the process to Sara Lark.