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Teaching with CGIS

CGIS offers a range of opportunities to teach abroad, including short-term programs and traditional semesters abroad.

All instructors appointed to CGIS programs participate in a series of pre-departure orientations that help them prepare for the experience of teaching abroad. Topics include health and safety, managing group dynamics, strategies for incorporating experiential learning, dealing with emergencies, and other best practices from the field. These sessions afford faculty members new to study abroad an opportunity to learn from colleagues who have already led programs abroad as well as from CGIS staff.

All faculty members directing or teaching a CGIS program receive 24/7 support while on site, both from the on-site partners that CGIS contracts to provide logistical support and from the CGIS staff in Ann Arbor. Examples include:

  • making logistical arrangements (housing, classroom rental, excursions),
  • coordinating responses to medical situations, both locally (on site) and remotely (for emergencies),
  • managing evacuations when programs have been suspended due to political unrest or natural disaster,
  • liaising between students and their families or others as necessary,
  • handling disciplinary issues, including coordinating with OSCR and the Dean of Students,
  • advising faculty when situations arise that they are unsure how to handle.

Instructional Opportunities

Programs staffed by UM faculty include the following. See Deadlines for information about the application cycle.

Faculty-proposed programs

  • Global Course Connections, or GCCs, are 3-4 week long extensions of courses taught on campus during winter term. GCCs are open only to students enrolled in the on-campus course, and students earn an additional 2 credits for the abroad portion of the class. Faculty may propose GCCs from any academic discipline. Any international site will be considered, though sites outside of Western Europe are given priority. Faculty who teach GCCs deliver original academic content that bridges classroom and experiential learning.
  • The Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates program, or GIEU, offers students the opportunity to engage with host communities in project-based initiatives. These projects should respond to needs articulated by the host community, and community members should be treated as partners through every aspect of the experience, from design to implementation to assessment. Faculty who lead GIEU programs are expected to facilitate the students' engagement with the host community and contributions to the project. Any international site will be considered, though sites outside of Western Europe will be given priority.
  • Maize Away - Maize Away programs are 3-4 week study abroad opportunities in May led by UM faculty and sta that feature intensive intercultural learning in a location that illuminates the topic, no prerequisites or language requirements, and included excursions and cultural activities. Instruction must be in English. Students earn 3 credits. Although CGIS prefers that Maize Away programs take place during May, CGIS would consider alternative dates.

Faculty-led programs, language based

Faculty-led programs, no language requirement

See Deadlines for information about the faculty-led application cycle.