Taking Students Abroad
Faculty/Staff-Led International Travel
Faculty/Staff-Led International Travel (FSIT) is an excellent way for faculty/staff to offer a life-changing international experience to students or others while integrating coursework, research, field work, service, internships, etc. At the same time, faculty/staff can gain international experience, network with colleagues at foreign institutions, earn additional salary, and learn new things that can help to internationalize the U of I curriculum upon return. While developing an FSIT can be a bit of work, once you’ve done one, the next time around should be a piece of cake!
The university defines any university international travel led by a U of I employee and involving U of I undergraduate or graduate students, faculty, staff, authorized third parties, alumni or the public. This may include but is not limited to travel for study, research, field-work, service, internship or volunteer work.
In order for Faculty/Staff-Led International Travel (FSIT) to be considered university sanctioned travel, it must be:
- Approved by the International Programs Office, Risk Management and the University Export Control Analyst by the deadlines below.
- Approved in advance through the use of a travel authorization (APM 70.23).
There is a very good reason for this: In the rare instance that something goes wrong (natural disaster, political upheaval, student injury, etc.), you have a team of seasoned professionals working with you. It also ensures that your FSIT will be handled in a manner consistent with U of I policy and national norms.
There are various ways to go about creating your own FSIT. You may have experience and contacts in a specific country that will allow you to create the program from the ground up. Or you may be interested in creating a program but need help. The U of I FSIT Coordinator within the International Programs Office and the FSIT Program Support Manual below can help you through the process no matter your situation.
If you're interested in creating an FSIT, you can submit a proposal through our online Studio Abroad system (link below). This will ensure that your program is reviewed by the International Programs Office, Risk Management, and the University Export Control Analyst and will get you thinking about important aspects of your trip.
- Start your FSIT proposal here
- Click on “Apply Now”
- Login using your U of I Net ID and password
- Complete your itinerary, with as much detail as possible and click “Apply”
- A Program account is created for you
- Complete all of the electronic questionnaires listed under “Application Questionnaire(s)"
In order to run a successful FSIT you should start planning at least one year in advance.
|Fall, Fall Break, Winter Intercession||December 1 of prior year|
|Spring, Spring Break, Summer||August 1 of prior year|