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Faculty-Led Educational Experiences Abroad

Smith's goal is to prepare students to live in a global society. Smith offers a rich array of international and intercultural opportunities for all students, from the first year to their culminating year on campus. All students have the opportunity to study, work, participate in research or travel abroad or can have an internationally oriented experience in the United States. See the Related Links on the right side to view other opportunities.

Current Interterm 2017 programs:

Global FLEX: Introduction to Russian, East Eurpean and Eurasian Studies in St. Petersburg, Russia

Info Session: Friday, September 16 at 4 p.m. in the Lewis Global Studies Center

Deadline to apply: September 26

For more information, visit: https://www.smith.edu/reees/interterm.php

Global FLEX: Environmental Challenges in Israel

Info Session: Friday, September 30 at 12 p.m. in the Lewis Global Studies Center


Deadline to apply: October 17


For more information, visit:



Lewis Global Studies Center Faculty-Led Experiences (FLEX) Curricular Enhancement Programming Support



The Lewis Global Studies Center's new 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 is a pilot initiative replacing the Global Engagement Seminars (GES). 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 the U.S. or have a global theme within the U.S.

What Funding Support Covers

  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 3 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.

Program Funding Expectations & Priorities

  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 than 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.


Questions about this program or the process can be directed to Sara Lark at skirk(at)smith.edu.