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Customized Study Abroad
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Why CIS Abroad for Customized Study Abroad Programs?
As US universities work to internationalize their curriculum, many educators are seeking to identify programs that closely align with the needs of various departments on campus. CIS Abroad can help you to develop a custom program that allows you to control the academic content so students can fulfill meaningful coursework in their major and minor fields. Plugging into our existing program infrastructure, but making it your own, means you don’t have to build a program from scratch! The result is a quality program that’s a good fit for your students.
University of Alabama
Customized Semester in London
Designed for Arts & Humanities majors, this special semester at the University of Roehampton offers curriculum-mapped, pre-approved courses for almost everyone. Sophomores through Seniors can apply and have their courses count back home. Tube passes and guidebooks are included, as well as a special trip to Edinburgh, Scotland.
Customized Semester in Florence
Designed with the Cultural and Global Engagement Office, this program offers students a range of course offerings and intensive Italian at the historic International Studies Institute at Palazzo Rucellai. Customizations include a group flight, visas, in-person pre-departure orientations and local/overnight excursions.
Colorado School of Mines
Customized Summer in Barcelona
Designed in conjunction with the Honors College, this program offers students a faculty-directed course that carries honors credit, a Spanish class, and internship experiences over a six week summer period. Our La Vida Local cultural curriculum and onsite staff ensure a unique and supportive environment for students when they are not learning with their on-site faculty member.
Customized Summer in Florence
The International Programs Office at UMass Amherst and CIS Abroad collaborated to offer students a wide range of course offerings and an immersive Italian language tracks at the International Studies Institute at Palazzo Rucellai. CIS Abroad provides administration, support and engagement throughout.
When venturing into uncharted territory, or a new destination for your university, there is a lot of initial work involved to ensure program quality and student safety. Plugging into an existing CIS Abroad program location allows you to expand your offerings without needing additional resources. Custom program options are available in locations in which CIS Abroad currently operates semester, summer or J-term programs.
Don’t see the location you’re looking for? With program offerings in over 50 countries, perhaps designing a faculy-led program option is best for you!
- Costa Rica
- New Zealand
- South Africa
“You have a robust team. We can pick up the phone and talk to you. You have great advice and expertise and we value our relationship with you.”
Mona Syed, Program Coordinator - University of Texas at Austin
How do we go from proposal to implementation?
After we have received your program questionnaire, we will contact you to discuss your program needs in greater detail and create a program proposal for you to review. When the proposal looks good, submit it to your institution for approval. Once approved, we will create a contract and help you to spread the word on campus.
Phase Two: Implementation
Market on campus
Students apply to the program
Pre-Departure meeting and orientation.
Phase Three: Follow-Up
Review student evaluations
Post-program meeting for future improvements and planning
Assistant Vice President of Custom Programs
What excursions and cultural activities are included?
Programs include our La Vida Local cultural curriculum, activities facilitated by our onsite staff to help students live like a local. Examples include cooking classes, neighborhood tours, and scavenger hunts. Programs also include day trips and potentially weekend trips.
What type of housing options are available?
Depending on the location, shared apartments, dorms, or homestays may all be options. Let us know your goals and we can help you pick the best housing option for your program.
Are meals included?
Most programs include a group welcome and farewell meal. Some programs include additional meals and you can tailor the amount by adding additional group meals or a meal stipend.
What courses and internship fields are available?
We offer courses and internship placements for nearly every major. Let us know what you are looking for and we can help you to select a program location that will best meet the academic needs of your students.