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IPO Office

phone: (208) 885-8984
fax: (208) 885-2859

Mailing address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1250
Moscow, ID 83844-1250

Physical address:
901 Paradise Creek Street
LLC Bldg. #3
Moscow, ID 83844-1250

Other Opportunities Abroad

The University of Idaho is happy to offer international opportunities to their faculty and staff. Find more information below!
  • USAC Faculty/Staff International Development Awards (FIDA)
    The University of Idaho (UI) and the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) invite faculty and professional staff who would like to spend a month overseas learning a new language and/or culture and who want to promote internationalization at the UI to apply for a Faculty/Staff International Development Award (FIDA). 

    FIDA recipients attend a USAC summer program as students, studying the local language and/or taking regional classes, enhancing their understanding of different cultures with the help of a grant covering tuition and a stipend of $2,250 to use toward the cost of housing and airfare. Countries available include Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Spain, or Thailand.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time assistant, associate, or full professors, or professional staff (full-time board appointed or exempt). Preference is given to applicants with limited experience living abroad. Applicants must be returning on contract to the University of Idaho the following academic year. 

    Award Details: The number of awards given annually varies. Historically, two to five awards have been given. Award covers tuition for selected one-month summer USAC program plus a stipend ($2250) intended to cover airfare and a portion, if not all, of the housing costs (additional expenses are the responsibility of the recipient).

    Priority Deadline: December 2, 2014 for awards for the following summer.  Applicants may be accepted after the priority deadline.  Late applicants should contact Bob Neuenschwander to see if award slots are still available. 

    Program Details: To learn more about the summer USAC programs available (descriptions of each location, tours available, course offerings, and dates, and much more), go to and follow the links for summer programs. The summer 2014 information is now available. You may download an application and get started now!
    Note: Be sure to look at the specific sites listed in the application as not all USAC summer sites are available for the FIDA.

    FIDA Application

    Applications should be submitted to the UI Study Abroad Office in LLC Building # 3, Ground Floor (campus zip 1250).

    For more information: If you have further questions regarding the UI/USAC Faculty/Staff International Development Award (FIDA), please contact Bob Neuenschwander in the UI International Programs Office at (208) 885-4379 or

    “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”  This familiar quote by Lao Tzu epitomized my own journey this summer where I spent five weeks in China on a Faculty/Staff International Development Award (FIDA).  These awards are offered to all full-time board appointed faculty and staff at the University of Idaho through our partnership with the University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC).  Actually, my first step in the journey was filling out the application, and rather than a thousand miles, my FIDA took me approximately 5,945 miles (9,567 kilometers) from Moscow, Idaho to Shanghai, China.  In just five short weeks, I had the experience of a lifetime, living in one of the most exciting, dynamic cities in the world.

    Just a twenty minute commute from downtown Shanghai, I lived on Yanchang Street, twelve floors above a French-Chinese fusion bakery called Bread Party.  Right across the street was Shanghai University’s Yanchang Campus, where I studied introductory Mandarin, Chinese Culture, and even learned a few basic Jiu-Jitsu moves.  For five weeks, I settled in and made the quieter neighborhood around Yanchang my home.  Each morning, I would usually start off by visiting the local baozi stand for breakfast and then would meander through the local gardens and produce markets.  As one of the world’s largest cities, there were endless neighborhoods, communities, attractions, museums, events, restaurants and more to explore. 

    FIDAs open up a window of possibility to dive into a new culture and a new part of the world, all through a unique and structured program.  USAC has over 30 years of experience and has developed programs in 26 different countries.  Whether you’re an experienced traveler or a greenhorn, each site location offers a wonderful support base and the flexibility to go at your own pace.  FIDAs provide the opportunity to get an insider’s look at the types of programs thousands of students participate in each year.

    As a staff member of the International Programs Office at the University of Idaho, I get to interact with international students on a daily basis, many of whom come from China.  On a professional level, my experience with this FIDA gave me a radical new perspective and insight into their culture and way of life.  I was able to make close connections and friendships with colleagues in country, UI alumni, and prospective students that will hopefully one day become part of the legacy.  I had so many wonderful takeaways from this opportunity that helped give new meaning, excitement, and understanding in both my work and personal life. 

    I encourage everyone to consider this unique invitation to step into a new culture and help promote internationalization at the University of Idaho.  Whether you directly work with international students or not, our campus is constantly growing in diversity and being influenced by students and faculty coming from all across the globe.  For more information, contact our Study Abroad Office and fill out your FIDA application today!

    Shawn Greenfield
    International Marketing & Recruitment Coordinator
    University of Idaho, International Programs Office
  • CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars
    CIEE faculty seminars are more than guided tours. They are intensive educational experiences designed to explore fascinations, challenge preconceptions, and open eyes to global issues shaping the world today. Each program features lectures, site visits, and discussions with overseas colleagues. Participants return to campus poised to incorporate an international dimension into administration, course design, research, and teaching. 96% of attendees polled indicated that the seminar had a significant impact on his/her professional life.

    Choose from unique and challenging seminar themes offered in an array of countries that span the globe. Analyze the political and socio-economic transformation of Southern China, unravel the mystery of India, or encounter contemporary Arab culture and society in Jordan. 

    Study with CIEE, the leading non-profit, non-governmental international education organization. Since 1990, CIEE has offered over 150 seminars worldwide, helping over 2400 faculty and administrators like you increase their international awareness and transform their campus and curricula. 

    Eligibility: Faculty or administrators at the college or university level with any academic concentration are encouraged to apply. Participants do not need to be experts on the seminar topic or region.

    Length/Dates of Seminars: Vary according to program, but range from 7-14 day itineraries, some with extension possibilities. All seminars are offered in the summer months, from late May through late July.   

    Seminar Fees: Vary according to program, but range from $2,300 to $3,600. Fees generally cover the academic program (all lectures, site visits, study tours, and seminar materials), accommodation in single rooms (unless informed in advance), two meals daily (typically breakfast and lunch), welcome and farewell receptions, transportation to included activities, entrance fees for included excursions, on-site representative, one CIEE airport pick-up/drop-off coordinated around the majority of arrivals and departures, international medical insurance and 24-hour worldwide assistance provided through the iNext travel card, pre-departure support (including IFDS advisors, detailed online pre-departure information, and visa assistance).  
    Not included: The cost of a passport, international airfare, port of entry visa fees (if applicable), visas that vary from seminar group processing, most dinners, international departure taxes, excess baggage charges, porterage, tips, or any incidental expenses.

    Deadlines: February 15. We encourage you to apply early as seminars fill quickly.

    Funding: CIEE's Ping Fellowships provide assistance to faculty and administrators from CIEE or CIEE Academic Consortium member institutions, community colleges, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to participate on IFDS programs. Awards are in the amount of $1,500 and are applied toward the applicant’s program fee.

    Fellowship Application Deadline: January 15 for the following Summer

    For more information: Go to Catalogs are also available in the UI Study Abroad Office. Contact the UI Study Abroad Office at (208) 885-7870 or
  • German Grants for Faculty & Administrators
    Visit for complete offerings.

    • Faculty Research Grant
      • For scholars holding PhDs who have been researching/teaching full time for at least 2 years
      • Grant for one to three months; all disciplines
      • €1,840-€2240 per month
      • Deadlines: May 15 & October 15 of each year

    • Faculty-led Group Study Visit Grant
      • 10-15 students (+ 1 accompanying faculty member) for a 7-12 day trip to Germany
      • DAAD offers up to around €9,500 to subsidize room and board
      • Deadlines: May 1, November 1, February 1of each year

    • DAAD Visiting Professorships (for German Universities to host an international lecturer)
      • Funding to serve as a visiting professor at a German university
      • Duration:1 semester – 2 years
      • Application submitted by the German host
      • Deadlines: July 15 & January 15 of each year

    • Short-Term Lectureships (for U.S. universities to host a guest lecturer from Germany)
      • Host institution must provide a monthly honorarium of $2200, remaining costs & salary paid by DAAD
      • Duration:1 -6 months
      • Application submitted by the German host
      • Deadlines 4x annually, see website for details

    • RISE Worldwide
      • Host a German bachelor’s student for the summer as a research assistant in your lab
      • For any science/engineering field
      • Deadline late November, see website for details

    • Learn German in Germany
      • 4 weeks of language classes at a Goethe-Institut in Germany
      • Stipend of €1,700 covers tuition, health insurance, room and partial board
      • Deadline: January 31, 2013

    • Germany Today
      • 4 weeks of language classes at a Goethe-Institut in Germany
      • Annual week-long tour of German universities and research institutions
      • For faculty and administrators
      • DAAD covers all costs except airfare to Germany
      • Takes place every June
      • Deadline: Feb/March of each year, see website for more details

    • Science Tour
      • Annual week-long tour of German research institutions, university research and research done by German industry
      • For faculty and administrators
      • Themes rotate each year, examples are: Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
      • Deadline: October of each year, the trip is in December