Why CISabroad for Faculty Led?

As more and more faculty leaders head overseas with student groups, the need for assistance on the ground increases. Faculty members have historically been responsible for not only teaching the course, but also overseeing program reservations, payments, on-site crises, logistical changes, risk management, and everything else that comes with these programs. As an education abroad organization, we recognize that putting all of these responsibilities on one person or one office directly affects the quality of the program.

Since 2004, we have closely collaborated with study abroad offices and faculty leaders to deliver the highest program quality possible. How do we do this, and what makes us so successful?

True customization: Every course is different, and in turn every program will be different. By customizing each aspect of the program, we provide faculty with an opportunity to create an itinerary that best meets the learning objectives of your course and directly aligns with your academic needs and expectations.

On-Site Staff: Every program we operate includes a 24/7 staff member to manage not only the logistics of the program, but also those minor incidents and major emergencies that can arise during the time abroad. This full-time staff support allows the faculty leader(s) to focus on meeting the academic objectives of the course. Without this 24/7 support staff focused exclusively on the program, faculty are left to manage everything entirely on their own.

What's Included

On-site Staff and Guides

We value the need to have staff on the ground available to you 24/7. Our trained on-site program coordinators and site directors are there to assist you with logistical changes, cultural curriculum, student incidents and on-site emergencies. In some locations your itinerary may also require a licensed guide, which we can provide in addition to your onsite program coordinator.

Round-trip and Domestic Airfare

In need of a group flight or assistance with your travel reservations? Through our partnership with STA Travel, we are proud to offer these services for your next program. STA is available to provide advice on securing flights without putting your program cost out of range!

Ground Transportation

From touchdown in country to take off, you don’t have to worry about getting from point A to point B. Whether by vetted and approved private coach, or by local and public transportation, we will get you there safe and sound.

Pre-Departure and On-Site Orientation Materials

Where are we staying? What is the local currency? Who will be picking us up at the airport? These are just a few of the questions often asked prior to departure. Through our online pre-departure orientation materials we’ll be sure that no question is left unanswered. Additionally, in each destination abroad, our onsite staff will lead the group through an on-site health and safety orientation.

Housing

We budget for the accommodations best suited to your group needs and learning outcomes. Your own housing recommendations are also welcome and we’ll do our best to accommodate your top choices, taking one worry off your mind.

Excursions and Academic Visits

This is where customization is key! Our program coordinators are prepared to collaborate with you to design your ideal program. Tourist sites are certainly a draw for students, and you don’t want to exclude them from your itinerary, but leave it to us to help identify excursions and visits that directly align and further enhance your academic content in addition to the main attractions!

Classroom/Facility Space

We recognize that getting out of the traditional classroom is one of the draws in offering a study abroad program, however, at times pre-arranging meeting space is essential to meet university required contact hours. Inform your program coordinator of any specific classroom needs and let them do the rest.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is essential for all study abroad participants. Through our partnership with CISI we are proud to offer the industry’s best. If your campus already provides comparable coverage, let us know and we can leave this out of your program cost. Looking for travel or trip insurance? Contact us to learn more about additional coverage.

Promotional Support

You may be a one-person office or a faculty leader with no time to create your own materials. We get it, and we’re here to help! We are happy to help by creating program flyers tailored just for your program. Additionally, our University Relations representative for your institution is available to help with on-campus promotion, either at the study abroad fair or during another visit.

Meals

Food is more than a basic need. When visiting a new country food is an incredible foyer into a culture, and meal times provide a delicious way to interact with the local population during your program! On all of our programs we include pre-arranged group welcome and farewell meals. As for the rest of the time you’re abroad, your program coordinator will work with you to determine whether or not you’d like to build in additional group meals.

Gratuities

We take care of the gratuities for you! That’s right, there’s no awkward moment of passing around a hat to collect cash from your students to tip the guide, driver, or wait staff. Even better, there’s no pressure on you to add to the pot to ensure an appropriate tip. Our onsite staff will manage that for you!

Special Requests

See something that’s missing? Ask us to add it in!

Destinations

“Where do you offer programming?” Well, where do you want to go? “We go everywhere” might seem like a stretch, but it is important to find a partner who will vet the location, oversee program logistics and be on the ground to manage crises that may arise.

For those reasons, we are proud to offer faculty-led programming to almost any country in the world. Many institutions and faculty leaders are interested in designing programs to locations that best match their areas of expertise and complement their course content. When venturing into uncharted territory, or a new destination for your university, there is a lot of additional initial work involved to ensure program quality and student safety. We recognize how much time and effort that takes, and we’re here to do that for you. So, where have we designed programs? Check out the map and see! Are you looking for a country that isn’t listed? Don’t let that stop you from asking us…it may in fact be a destination we can customize!

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Malaysia
  • Martinique
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Netherlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Puerto Rico
  • Scotland
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • UAE
  • Ukraine
  • USA
  • Vietnam

Sample Programs

Engineering: Bicycle Infrastructure

10 days in The Netherlands and Denmark

This group of future engineers spent two weeks meeting with city planning officials, local architects and bicycle enthusiasts to discuss and learn more about alternative transportation. Lectures highlighted city planning, architecture, transportation, and urban development – mostly in the context of bicycle transportation.

View Itinerary

Engineering: Bicycle Infrastructure

Day One
Enjoy a guided city tour on bicycle taking in the beautiful architecture of Copenhagen all while experiencing life like a local bicyclist.

Day Two
Meet with city transportation officials discussing the current infrastructure for bicycle transportation and their current needs assessment.

Day Three
Presentation by local architecture firm, outlining their current projects that focus on Copenhagen’s transportation infrastructure highlighting bicycles as the main area of growth.

Day Four
Visit a number of local transportation stations assessing their current ability to handle bicycles and their growth plans.

Day Five
Day trip outside of Copenhagen to enchanting Malmo, to meet with their city planning officials to discuss current transportation needs and goals.

Day Six
Tour Day visiting Kronborg Castle, Louisiana Art Museum, Christiana and Tivoli Gardens

Day Seven
Enjoy a European train ride heading to the city of Odense where you’ll see the local area via bicycle.

Day Eight
Depart for Amsterdam via flight and enjoy a welcome tour via the breathtaking city canals.

Day Nine
Visit with the Ministry of Transport to discuss how bicycles rose to be the top mode of transportation in the city, followed by a visit and tour to a Urban Development center that prides itself of being an accessible workplace for bicyclists.

Day Ten
Tour Day visiting the Anne Frank House and other top Amsterdam attractions. Finally, enjoy a group farewell dinner reminiscing of all the wonderful memories made during the program!

Medical: Comparative Healthcare Systems

16 days in Ireland

This overarching glimpse into the Irish healthcare system had students visiting and observing and interacting with local speech therapists, physiotherapists, and other medical professionals. This comparative program visited hospitals, universities, and sporting events.

View Itinerary

Medical: Comparative Healthcare Systems

Day One
Enjoy a guided city tour to familiarize the group with Dublin followed by a welcome dinner.

Day Two
Visit a local nursing home to learn how geriatric care in Ireland differs from the U.S. Following this visit head to the Guinness Storehouse for a tour and tasting.

Day Three
A visit to our partner University, Dublin City University, will allow the opportunity to observe and discuss the initiatives the Health and Human Performance department is implementing into the local community.

Day Four
Tour the campus of Trinity College and visit the Book of Kells, followed by a lecture with faculty from the Speech Therapy Department.

Day Five
Visit a local hospital to compare services provided in a U.S. hospital to a Irish hospital.

Day Six
Tour day visiting highlights of the Celtic Boyne Valley

Day Seven
Try your hand at the Gaelic Games – hurling and Gaelic football!

Day Eight
Transfer from Dublin to Galway, enjoy a guided city tour of Galway followed by a group dinner when you arrive.

Day Nine
Meet with a local physiotherapist and have the chance to watch physios in action at a local sporting event!

Day Ten
Tour day visiting Connemara, Cong, and Kylemoore Abbey.

Day Eleven
Enjoy academic visits and lectures at NUI Galway.

Day Twelve
Try your hand at sea kayaking, starting in Galway Bay.

Day Thirteen
Transfer from Galway to Limerick with a stop at the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher!

Day Fourteen
Enjoy academic visits and lectures at the University of Limerick.

Day Fifteen
Tour day to Blarney Castle followed by free time in the nearby city of Cork.

Day Sixteen
Soak up your last day in Ireland and celebrate with a farewell dinner that evening to enjoy your last night together as a group!

Fashion Design: Fashion Capitals of the World

5 weeks in NYC, London, Paris and Milan

This unique 5 week program gave fashion design students a glimpse into the fashion industry. From product development and design in Milan, to showcases in Paris and store-fronts in NYC – this program included it all.

View Itinerary

Fashion Design: Fashion Capitals of the World

Week One: NYC
Academic and cultural activities around Manhattan to include:

  • Lectures offered by various NY institutions
  • Guided tour of the Garment District
  • Visits to high-end retail stores for tour and lectures with management
  • Visits to various fashion exhibits throughout the city
  • Tickets to a broadway show
  • La Vida Local cultural activity suggestions

Week Two: London
Academic and cultural activities around London to include:

  • Visits to high-end retail stores for tour and lectures with management
  • Visits to various fashion exhibits throughout the city
  • Two fashion-focused Walking Tours
  • Visits to high-end retail stores for tour and lectures with management
  • Millinery visit
  • Blue Badge Guided walking tour of the city, including tickets to the Tower of London
  • La Vida Local cultural activity suggestions

Week Three: Paris
Academic and cultural activities around Paris to include:

  • Tour of and visits on the world famous Champs Elysees
  • Visits to high-end retail stores for tour and lectures with management
  • Visits to various fashion exhibits throughout the city
  • Two fashion-focused walking tours
  • La Vida Local cultural activity suggestions

Week Four: Milan
Academic and cultural activities around Milan to include:

  • One factory visit outside of the city
  • A day trip to Florence for visits to the Gucci Museum and Costume Gallery
  • A visit to Palazzo Morando and other related fashion museums
  • Visits to high-end retail stores for tour and lectures with management
  • Visits to various fashion exhibits throughout the city
  • La Vida Local cultural activity suggestions

Tourism, Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts

3 weeks in Aix en Provence, France

This program provided students an opportunity to live with French families and attend class in the morning followed by excursions in the afternoon. Students compared and contrasted local, boutique hotel management and high-end international chains, practiced culinary techniques, and visited local farms and markets.

View Itinerary

Tourism, Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts

Day One
Settle in with host families and attend a campus-wide orientation at our partner institution to meet other students and faculty living in Aix for the summer. Campus tour and walking tour of the town ending with a group dinner

Day Two
Excursion to the coastal town of La Ciotat

Day Three
Class time in the morning followed by visits to high-end luxury hotels for tour and lectures in the afternoon

Day Four
Class time in the morning followed by visits to open-air markets, local boulangeries, and patisseries for demonstrations and lectures in the afternoon

Day Five
Class time in the morning followed by a trip to the market to purchase produce for an afternoon cooking class to practice techniques and learn French recipes and etiquette

Day Six
Class time in the morning followed by an afternoon excursion to a local farm to observe and learn about the production of goat cheese and olives

Day Seven
Class time in the morning followed by an afternoon visit with and lecture/demonstration by a five-star chef

Day Eight
Class time in the morning followed by afternoon visits to local boutique hotels for a tour and lectures

Day Nine
Class time in the morning followed by afternoon visits with international brand offices and operations for lectures from management

Day Ten
All-day class meetings for final presentations and summary followed by afternoon farewell activity with host families before departing home tomorrow!

Day Eleven
Program ends, return home!

Social Work: NGO’s of Southeast Asia

16 days in Thailand and Cambodia

This two-week program traveled to two cities in each of these countries to visit and learn about the management of a variety of non-profit organizations. The course was targeted towards non-profit management students, and provided an opportunity for the group to speak directly with those in the field, as well as visit some of SE Asia’s top sites like Angkor Wat!

View Itinerary

Social Work: NGO’s of Southeast Asia

Day One
Arrive in Chiang Mai; after a comprehensive health and safety orientation, enjoy a walking tour of the Old City and an evening cultural show over a sumptuous Thai dinner buffet

Days Two & Three
Visit local and international non-profit organizations to learn about the management of these organizations and the work that these NGOs do in their communities; visits followed by debrief sessions to discuss and process the day’s meetings

Day Four
Visit to Elephant Nature Park, one of Chiang Mai’s most popular sites and also a non-profit organization working on a variety of conservation issues

Day Five
Fly to Bangkok, free afternoon

Day Six
Bangkok City Tour- visit the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and the famous reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) to soak in the local culture

Day Seven
NGO visits, followed by group debrief time

Day Eight
Travel to Siem Reap, free time to explore the city via bike or on foot – visit Pub Street and the Old Market

Day Nine
Rise early for sunrise at world-famous Angkor Wat! Spend the day exploring the ancient temples of Angkor and learning about the history from a local guide.

Days Ten & Eleven
NGO visits and volunteer work with local organizations focused on early education, and improving access to food and clean water

Day Twelve
Travel overland to Phnom Penh; free afternoon

Day Thirteen
Visit the Choeng Ek Genocidal Center (‘Killing Fields’) and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to learn about the horror and legacy of the Khmer Rouge. These visits provide much needed context to many of the struggles Cambodia faces today.

Day Fourteen
NGO visits with local organizations focused on improving regulation of factory work conditions and educating citizens on their legal rights

Day Fifteen
Visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, followed by final course debrief and farewell dinner

Day Sixteen
Depart Cambodia for the U.S.

Sociology: Human Sexuality in Europe

1 week (spring break) in Amsterdam

This week long program provided an embedded option for students to enroll in the course during spring break. Students to recognized the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create privilege and power.

View Itinerary

Sociology: Human Sexuality in Europe

Day One
Settle into your accommodations and then embark on a city-tour by foot to include the renowned Red Light District, ending the day with dinner at a traditional Dutch pannenkoekenhuis

Day Two
Visits with local prostitution awareness centers and the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam’s Department of Sexology and Psychosomatic Ob/Gyn

Day Three
Visits and presentations throughout the city with organizations focusing on the prevention of and exit from forced prostitution in Amsterdam

Day Four
Soak in the local culture and history at various museums and historic staples like the Anne Frank House and Rijksmuseum.

Day Five
Visits with organizations that provide rehabilitation and trainee programs for survivors of human trafficking

Day Six
Wrap up with class discussion and final moments to explore the city independently

Day Seven
Program ends, depart for airport and head home

Math: Mathematicians of the Renaissance

3 weeks in Northern Italy

Based primarily in Florence, this program took advantage of Italy’s rich art history. With visits to places including Vinci, Pisa and Rome, this course explored Italy and the Renaissance through the lens of mathematician-artists, like Da Vinci, who made lasting contributions to both science and art.

View Itinerary

Math: Mathematicians of the Renaissance

Day One
Arrive in Rome- CISabroad comprehensive onsite health and safety orientation, followed by a traditional, multi-course Italian meal – mangia!

Days Two to Four
Explore Rome with guided visits to the Colosseum, Appia Antica, the world-renowned Vatican Museums, and more!

Day Five
Head to Florence via high-speed train; after a brief walking tour of the neighborhood, take part in an authentic Italian cooking class (always a student favorite!) where you’ll cook your own meal

Days Six to Nine
Spend the morning in class, learning about the mathematicians of the Renaissance, then spend the afternoons admiring their work with visits to Santa Croce, Santa Maria dei Fiori (including a climb up Brunelleschi’s cupola, for those not afraid of heights) and more

Day Eight
Day trip to the iconic Tuscan town of Vinci, home to the Biblioteca Leonardiana and birthplace of Leonardo DaVinci

Day Nine
Free day to explore Florence on your own!

Day Ten
Day trip to Siena to view the famous Fibonacci manuscript

Days Twelve and Thirteen
Class time in the morning, academic excursions, like a private tour of the Vasari Corridor, in the afternoon

Day Fourteen and Fifteen
Overnight trip to Pisa and Cinque Terre- see the famous leaning tower, and take in the sights in the beautiful seaside town of La Spezia

Day Sixteen
A little class, followed by a little free time!

Days Seventeen and Eighteen
Overnight trip to Venice, visit the Biblioteca Nazionale, Doge’s Palace, and more

Days Nineteen and Twenty
Course wrap up in Florence, and free time to enjoy a few last afternoons in the city that remains the heart of the Renaissance!

Day Twenty-One
Return to the U.S.

Sports: Kinesiology, Culture & Adventure

8 days in Peru

This program allowed students to evaluate the place of sport in contemporary global society from a critical cultural perspective. Split between the distinct regions of the coast and the highlands, this program offered a unique insight into Peru’s nutrition, recreation, culture, and sport.

View Itinerary

Sports: Kinesiology, Culture & Adventure

Day One
Enjoy a guided tour of Central Lima and visit to the National Archeological Museum.

Day Two
Visit the Pachacamac Archaeological site- a great site for conducting measurements.

Day Three
Visit the Central Market for a lecture on nutrition and traditional medicines. In the evening, see a show at the Lima fountains.

Day Four
Fly for Cusco and enjoy some free time to get acclimated to the altitude.

Day Five
Enjoy a guided tour of Cusco, then prepare for a Two Day Inca Trail trek and visit to Macchu Picchu.

Day Six
Journey by foot along the Inca Trail with fantastic views of the Andes Mountains and ancient Inca sites.

Day Seven
Wake up early for a 2 hour guided tour of the Macchu Picchu during which you’ll learn about the Incas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. Return to Cusco in the evening.

Day Eight
Take a guided tour through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In the evening, sit down for a farewell dinner of traditional Peruvian cuisine.

Conflict Resolution

9 days in Northern Ireland

Students spent their spring break in Northern Ireland learning about the country’s turbulent political past and what action is being taken today to keep peace. The program exposed students to a variety of opinions and sides of the conflict which encouraged them to be open minded throughout the program.

View Itinerary

Conflict Resolution

Day One
Arrive in Belfast and check into your accommodations. Once settles, take a Black Taxi Tour of the city for an introduction to the city with a focus on “The Troubles” conflict followed by a group welcome dinner.

Day Two
Take a tour of traditionally Loyalist Shankill Road followed by a tour of traditionally Republican Falls Road to compare the two neighborhoods who have a turbulent history.

Day Three
Visit Crumlin Road Gaol and speak with an ex-prisoner.

Day Four
Depart Belfast for Derry Carrickfergus, Dunluce Castle, and Giant’s Causeway.

Day Five
Visit the Bloody Sunday Museum followed by a visit to a local human rights organization.

Day Six
Visit the Apprentice Boys Museum followed by a meeting with a local politician.

Day Seven
Transfer from Derry back to Belfast with a stop at the Omagh Memorial Gardens.

Day Eight
Transfer from Dublin to Galway, enjoy a guided city tour of Galway followed by a group dinner when you arrive.

Day Nine
Enjoy a free day with suggested visits to Linen Hall Library, hiking at Cave Hill or Black Mountain, or exploring Queens University. Come together as a group one last time that evening for a farewell dinner.

International Business

10 days in Barcelona

This program allowed students the opportunity to learn about international business practices through visits to both locally- and internationally-owned businesses, including a brewery, the port, and a vineyard. Cultural activities included a cooking class, city tours, and a flamenco show.

View Itinerary

International Business

Day One
Get to know Barcelona with a short walking tour and tapas welcome dinner.

Day Two
See the most popular Barcelona sites in an easy and fast way on a hop on/hop off bus tour. Stops include famous Gaudi works, such as the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell.

Day Three
Take a walking tour of the oldest neighborhood in Barcelona, the Gothic Quarter.

Day Four
Visit a local winemaker for a guided tour explaining the production of cava (Spanish champagne) and a tasting. In the afternoon, visit popular beach town, Sitges for lunch and free time on the beach.

Day Five
Participate in a workshop on Intercultural Issues in International Business. In the evening, prepare and enjoy a typical Catalan meal with a local chef.

Day Six
Visit a small business owned by an American expat to talk about cultural differences in the workplace and the business world.

Day Seven
Attend a lecture on the current state of the Spanish Economy.

Day Eight
Visit one of Spain’s top beer producers, Estrella Damm. Attend a lecture on how the company produces for the Spanish market and internationally and enjoy a tour of the factory.

Day Nine
Visit Barcelona’s port, one of the oldest and most important in the Mediterranean

Day Ten
Take a day trip to the Dalí Museum and Besalú. The Dalí Museum contains the broadest range of works spanning the artistic career of Salvador Dali. In the afternoon, stop in Besalu to explore the medieval town.

Day Eleven
Discover the Raval, a neighborhood that up until 10 years ago was off-limits for tourists because of its bad reputation. The district is now beginning to thrive, thanks to the city’s investments and gentrification attempts. After the tour, enjoy a Flamenco performance and farewell dinner.

Higher Education

1 week in South Africa

Students to gained a deeper understanding of higher education in South Africa and how it deals with certain issues from a comparative perspective. Students met with administrators, government officials, and local students to compare and contrast Higher Education systems between the US and South Africa.

View Itinerary

Higher Education

Sample itinerary coming soon!

LGBTQ: LGBT Views of Europe

1 month in various European cities

Using literary works and art, in combination with social history of civil rights movements, this course explored cultural trends in LGBT communities and their acceptance in Western Europe. The course culminated in a three-week journey to four key cities for Western European LGBT people-London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Barcelona.

View Itinerary

LGBTQ: LGBT Views of Europe

Week One: London

Settle into your accommodations and then enjoy a guided walking tour of the Soho district, ending the night with a group welcome dinner

Throughout the week enjoy listening to guest speakers from local LGBT organizations, museum visits to Tate Modern, National Gallery and Modern Art Gallery, and end the week with a performance at the Above the Stag Theatre

Week Two: Amsterdam

Take the train to Amsterdam and enjoy a guided walking tour of the Red Light District, ending the day with a dinner at a traditional Dutch pannenkoekenhuis

Throughout the week enjoy presentations from local LGBT organizations and prostitution awareness centers, and museum visits to the Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum

Week Three: Berlin

Take the train to Berlin and then enjoy a guided walking tour of Queer Berlin

Throughout the week enjoy museum visits to the Schwules Museum and Hamburger Banhof Museum, walking tours of public street art and Christopher Isherwood themed locations, and day trip to visit the Sachsenhausen Memorial. End the week with a cabaret performance and dinner

Week Four: Barcelona

Fly to Barcelona for the final program destination and enjoy a guided walking tour of the Gay-xample neighborhood

Throughout the week talk with guest speakers from local LGBT organizations and a local university, enjoy a day trip to Sitges, and end the week with a traditional Catalan meal

Faculty Feedback

CIS helped our program run smoothly, and it helped the faculty on the trip deliver the experiential and service learning experiences promised to students. CIS was amazing!

Dr. Marlene de la Cruz-Guzman, Director of Multicultural Student Access and Retention - Ohio University

Next Steps

Step 1

Get in touch with our team! We’d love to hear from you. Please fill out this quick inquiry form. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and you’ll be well on your way to making your program a reality. We will be in touch shortly.

Step 2

Once you are ready to build your program, fill out a proposal questionnaire. Answer the questions to the best of your ability, and let us know if there’s an area you could use more help with. We aim to turn around your proposal within a 2-week timeframe. If we have any questions along the way we’ll reach out, if not, sit back and anxiously anticipate what we design.

FAQ

  • What if I already have my own contacts?

    Fantastic! Many of our faculty leaders and institutions already have their own great contacts they wish to work with, or have worked with for years. Our goals include ensuring that all logistics are streamlined, payments are made on time, risk is mitigated, and emergencies are handled properly. It’s great when we can collaborate with you and your contacts, whether it be a favorite local guide or a colleague who we can reach out to about arranging a business visit for your group. Know that we respect your contacts as your contacts, and we are not interested in making them ours – we just want to ensure all goes smoothly and it is important that we are all on the same page should changes need to be made during the program.

  • What if I have a hotel I would like to use?

    Perfect, we’re happy to look into housing your group there! Staying in a familiar location can help ensure peace of mind leading up to your departure. We will also be transparent with you if we feel it might not be adequate for your group (dynamics are quite different than when traveling solo or with smaller numbers) and we’ll suggest alternatives comparable to your preference. Please note that sometimes earlier deposits are necessary to guarantee specific lodging.

  • Can my family come on the program?

    Yes, they can! The best time for friends and family to visit is before or after the program. If they want to join you during the program, please speak with your program coordinator about working out a guest fee and if there are any limitations to their participation.

  • How early should I start planning?

    We recommend starting between 12-18 months prior to departure. Time flies, and you want to be sure your program is laid out well enough to begin promoting the experience to students. At the 12 month mark you’ll want to start showcasing the opportunity to students, with the hopes of securing the group around the 5-6 month mark. Be sure to check with your study abroad office, as their timelines may differ and might in fact call for much earlier preparation.

  • How much does a program cost?

    Great question! We customize the itinerary to meet your objectives, and thus every program price is unique. What factors are considered in estimating the cost? The length of the program, the time of year you are traveling, the type of housing you use, the number of excursions included, the number of meals included, the type of transportation planned, and the list goes on. The great thing about this is that we can continue to tweak the itinerary so that even the price is customized to your needs. Please let us know if faculty fees should not be built into student costs, or if particular line items such as classroom space and academic visits are to be covered by another budget stream (collaborate with your study abroad office). We’ll be happy to pull out certain portions to reduce the out-of-pocket costs for students, outside of what their tuition and university fees will cover.

  • I don’t see my country of interest on your map...

    Don’t see your destination listed? We still may be able to help you! One of the things our partners love most about us is our flexibility and “can do” attitude. We love a challenge, we have the experience venturing into new countries and the staff to assess the risks involved. So, when filling out your program questionnaire, go ahead, list your preferred destination and we’ll be in touch!

  • When will I receive my final itinerary?

    This varies by program depending on the variety and number of arrangements your program entails, as well as the host country business culture. In some places, we may not be able to confirm the exact details of a business visit until a week or two before departure. We know that this can be stressful, but let us worry about it for you! We’ll do our best to keep you informed along the way. Although we will provide a “final” itinerary at least 2 weeks prior to departure, as with all travel, the group should always be prepared for last minute changes, adjustments, etc. Which is again why it’s so helpful to have CISabroad staff on the ground to sort out the details!

  • I really only need help with airfare and housing, can you just do that part for me?

    As a full service organization, we prefer just that – providing it all. There are programs in which we might not manage ALL of the logistics due to the institution’s connections with local exchange partners, for example, but unfortunately we don’t do just airfare, or just housing.

  • Do I have to use your staff on the ground?

    Yes, and as many of our testimonials will attest, most faculty can’t imagine their program without them! We fully recognize a faculty leader may have lived in a particular destination and know it inside and out, but our staff are there to ensure someone is ready in the event of a logistical change, student crisis or larger scale threat. “Ok, but we are sending two people from our institution.” Excellent! We will still have our staff person on the ground. Our on-site program coordinators are trained in student support, international crisis management, and are there so that your faculty leader(s) can focus on teaching the course, while we worry about the rest. Also consider, and it’s happened before, what if something happens to you?

  • Do you offer any sort of scholarships for my students?

    All students who successfully participate on a faculty-led program managed by our team will officially be considered CISabroad Alumni, at which point they will have access to our Go Again Grants and other opportunities to continue their education abroad!

Meet the Team