What is a faculty led program (FLP)?
An increasingly popular alternative to traditional study abroad offerings is a format known as the Faculty Led Program (FLP).
- A FLP is essentially a mini-university abroad, an extension of a student’s home campus and curriculum.
- The primary advantage of a FLP is that a student is able to combine the study abroad experience with the continuity of core curriculum courses.
- Teaching faculty from all disciplines initiate a FLP by recruiting a group of students from within their curriculum, and then traveling with them to a study abroad location.
- The faculty member teaches core curriculum course(s) while the host institution provides support instruction logistics and other general education courses including internships, service learning and volunteering
- Students are able to complete a semester or a full academic year of study without falling out of sequence with their normal curriculum course structure.
A Faculty Led Program also allows teaching faculty to customize a series of guest lectures, field trips and cultural immersion activities that best suit the educational goals of their particular disciplines.
Program designs can vary significantly, and could include:
- short-term or stand-alone programs (during a summer term)
- semester-long courses with some components such as spring or fall break or trips after the end of term
- long-term (semester or academic year) study abroad
Credit & non-credit courses can be designed for students studying the same syllabus as well as wider groups coming from different departments.
A successful FLP demonstrates:
- strong academic quality
- cultural enrichment for students
- opportunities for experiential learning
- opportunities of learning outside the classroom: Conversation Partner Program (or Conversation Exchange or Intercambio); Experiential Education (learning by doing): it may include researches, field trips or seminars, laboratory works, fieldworks or observation; immersion in workplace settings such as internships, volunteering, teaching; Service-Learning Abroad; Student Club (or Student Organization): local clubs can facilitate interaction with the local student population and encourage further development of language and intercultural communication skills.
All study abroad and international internship programs include a full suite of support services during all three phases of the international experience (pre-departure, on-site, and re-entry), including in-depth advising and orientations, housing, excursions and cultural activities, and more.
SAMPLE OF FLP ORGANIZED BY SANT’ANNA INSTITUTE
- Law - DePaul University, University of Dayton
- Hospitality & Tourism - Austin Community College, Johnson & Wales University, University of Northern Iowa
- Italian Studies - Hofstra University, Wake Forest University, San Diego University, University of Connecticut
- Architecture - Alfred State University
- Business - Plymouth State University (in partnership with SAI), University of South Carolina
- Education - Bowling Green State University
- Culinary Arts - Delaware Technical College
- Humanities - Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas State University
Sant’Anna will coordinate:
- Airport pick ups
- Student and Faculty housing
- Social and cultural immersion activities
- Field trips
- Visits to local Firms and Institutions
- Conferences and guest lectures
- Administrative assistance with visas and permits of stay in Italy
- 24 hr emergency assistance
READ U.S. FACULTY REVIEWS ABOUT THEIR FLPs AT SANT'ANNA ---> Here
For more info about our faculty-led programs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.