The University believes that a study experience in a different country is important in fostering awareness of other cultures, deepening one's awareness of one's own culture and developing future career paths. Consequently the University encourages education abroad and facilitates program planning for those students who wish to earn academic credit for studies accomplished in other countries of education abroad programs. It also participates in networks of established programs around the world. In addition, students can tailor individual programs in foreign countries according to their own academic, professional and personal needs. Special course/program fees may be associated with education abroad programs. Information on all education abroad programs and guidance on education abroad are available through the Global Connections office, 102 Hagestad Hall.
It is preferable that education abroad leaders be active tenure-line faculty members. Junior faculty members are encouraged to develop new education abroad courses or take over existing programs. Retirees will be considered only if their courses meet UWRF's strategic needs,and there is no alternative.
All courses that include a component of Education Abroad (actual travel outside the United States)—whether new courses and or iterations of a course proposed under an already approved course number (such as, but not limited to, pre-approved special topic numbers)—must have submitted, as part of the course proposal or request to teach an existing course with a new Education Abroad component, a letter of advice from the chair of the Faculty Senate International Programs Committee (IP) to the appropriate approval authority. The approval authority is assumed to be and designated as the appropriate college and University Curriculum Committee chairs in the case of new course proposals and to the appropriate dean in the case of an iteration of a course proposed under an already existing number. The official course proposal (in the cases of new Education Abroad proposals) or cover letter to the approval authority (in the cases of an already approved course’s being implemented with a new Education Abroad component) must address the Education Abroad Guidelines provided by the IP. The letter, copied to the proposer, will outline any issue regarding overlap as recognized by the IP in its oversight capacity. Also in IP’s oversight capacity and by virtue of standards specified the Education Abroad Guidelines, the letter shall comment upon the evaluation methods used to assign academic credit to student participants. [FS 10/11-50]
Approval Process for education-abroad courses are located in the committee description for the University Curriculum Committee (Chapter III).
Approval process for programs (e.g. majors, minors, emphases, certificates, SAE, ITC. WIS, General Education, Liberal Arts, and Foundation Courses in Agriculture) are located in the committee description for Academic Program and Policy Committee (Chapter III). [FS 12/13-131]
Any currently enrolled UWRF student participating in an education/experience abroad must complete a UWRF education abroad application before they go. Students must complete this application when the education/experience is in any way supported by UWRF faculty or staff or a UWRF department or program (including affliated programs/experiences). Students must complete a UWRF education abroad application whether engaging in the education/experience for credit or not.
Any person who is currently enrolled or has been enrolled in UWRF in any of the previous two terms and who intends to participate in a non-UWRF education/experience abroad and also intends to transfer credits back to UWRF from that non-UWRF education/experience abroad must complete a UWRF education abroad application prior to engaging in the non-UWRF education/experience abroad. This policy does not apply to students who have transferred to UWRF ans as a result may have already transcripted study abroad experience. Such experience would be brought over onto a UWRF transcript through the usual transfer-of-credit protocols.
All participants in each UWRF Education Abroad program must pay the same cost (the program fee, which may vary among the different programs; International Programs fee; Application [Studio Abroad] fee; and the equivalent per-credit tuition cost), effective July 1, 2013.
This policy does not preclude an Education Abroad leader's requiring participants to become special students, which would give the Education Abroad leader an inclusive, official authority over all participants as well as allow such special access to the UWS-provided insurance.