Education Abroad

NOTE: We are hoping to send students to approved destinations starting in Spring 2022.

Posted: Sep. 20, 2021

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If you're a UA Faculty member and you're interested in planning a study abroad experience, you're in the right place!

All FLEDs (faculty-led programs) must be approved by the International Center and your college.

We are accepting proposals, but only supporting faculty-led programs on a case-by-case basis. Check back for details. (Posted: 9/20/2021)

Resources and Guidance

Step 1:

Complete the FLED program proposal and submit the additional materials requested on the proposal form to receive program approval. Please note that your program must be approved before you proceed to the remaining steps. If you have questions throughout the proposal and approval process, please contact the study abroad office.

Step 2:

Market the opportunity. Be sure to market the program to students you may be teaching in relevant courses, put flyers up throughout your department, post the information to your department's website and social media, and ask other relevant departments to cross post the info to their students. Your program will be listed on the Faculty-Led section of our the Education Abroad website. Also, you are invited to table at the next Education Abroad fair (TBA).

Other ways you can market the opportunity:

  • You can request a table in the student union concourse (near Union Market) by emailing
    • We recommend recruiting students who have gone on your trip in the past to be available at the table as well.
  • Submit the details of your opportunity to Zipmail.

Step 3: forms, forms, and more forms…

Once you're at a point where you know which students will be travelling with you, please:

Each student must complete the following:

  1. The online Health and Emergency Information form
    • You and any other faculty traveling with you must also complete this form
  2. Student Conduct Study Abroad Release Form
    • In ONE batch, please scan and email all of the completed forms to the Office of Student Conduct for review and approval.
    • We will notify you if any of your students have any conduct issues that would render them ineligible to study abroad.
  3. Program Participation Agreement & Release/Waiver of Liability
    • If you have students under 18 travelling with you, complete this waiver form instead.
    • In ONE batch, please scan and email all of the completed Participation Waiver forms to Heather Pollock, in the education abroad office.


  • In the case of an emergency, please contact local authorities (EMS/Police) for immediate assistance. For all other emergencies, call the UAPD 24-hour number +1-330-972-2911. The dispatcher will connect you with help.

Step 4:

Once you have all of your travel dates and lodging details finalized, complete the CLERY ACT Reporting Form for UAPD.

While you're away:

Be intentional about posting on social media and have someone from your department lined up to spread that more broadly for you so that you get exposure for your program and your students – this can be helpful in developing donor relationships who may be interested in supporting scholarships or program funding for your trip in the future, as well as helping increase interest among current students for future trips.

When you return:

Request photos, quotes, and videos, from students that capture their experience. You can use these for similar purposes, as well as for admissions recruiting efforts. Prospective students are always interested in study abroad programs available in their specific field.

Study Abroad at The University of Akron

Education Abroad Office
International Center
Simmons Hall 205

Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Heather Pollock

Education Abroad Coordinator
Heather Pollock


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