Policy 2.16 Volume 2: Academic Affairs
Chapter 16: International Education Study Abroad PolicyResponsible Office: Office of Outreach & International EducationOriginally issued: 2/1/2011 Revised: N/A
All international education or study abroad programs for which students receive credit towards the fulfillment of their degree program at the Georgia Health Sciences University require institutional oversight by a designated institutional official (Director of Outreach & International Education). This includes programs administered by Georgia Health Sciences University faculty or staff and non-Georgia Health Sciences University-sponsored programs for which students receive academic course credit. The Director of Outreach & International Education is responsible for initial review and evaluation of credit-bearing proposals for international education/study abroad experiences and for initiating the appropriate approval process by the Provost or his/her designee, according to Board of Regents policy. The Director of Outreach & International Education will act as the primary contact and resource for the GHSU community on international education/study abroad concerns.
Reason For Policy
Participation in an international education experience is a valuable component of education for today’s students, including those in the health sciences. Georgia Health Sciences University recognizes this increased interest and encourages students and faculty to participate in such experiences. This policy was established to ensure the Georgia Health Sciences University maintains appropriate institutional oversight of these programs.
Entities Affected By This Policy
The policy affects any student, faculty, or staff who intends to participate or sponsor any international education or study abroad program for which a student will be given academic course credit at Georgia Health Sciences University.
Who Should Read This Policy
All students interested in learning about international education opportunities as part of their educational experience at Georgia Health Sciences University should be aware of this policy. Any faculty member involved in any international education opportunity as part of the curriculum they teach, including required or elective courses for which course credit is given, should be aware of this policy. Any faculty member interested in developing a new course that consists totally or in part of an international educational opportunity for which course credit will be given must be aware of and follow this policy.
|Associate Provost for Academic Affairs||706-721-3096||http://www.georgiahealth.edu/aaffairs/|
|Director of Outreach & International Education||706-721-7916
University System of Georgia International Education: http://www.usg.edu/international_ed/study_abroad
International Resources in the University System of Georgia: http://www.usg.edu/international_ed/study_abroad/
University System of Georgia Handbook for Developing and Maintaining Study Abroad Programs: http://www.usg.edu/international_ed/facstaff/policies/study_abroad_hbook.pdf
USG (International Education) Policies, Procedures, Forms, & Data: http://www.usg.edu/international_ed/facstaff/policies/
These definitions apply to these terms as they are used in this document.
|International Education or Study Abroad Program||Any arrangement by which a student receives academic credit from Georgia Health Sciences University through educational activities outside the United States.|
|International Experience||Any education or service/clinical-related activity that occurs outside the United States in which a Georgia Health Sciences University student participates but does not receive academic credit.|
There is increasing interest among students in general, and at Georgia Health Sciences University in particular, for participating in international education/study abroad experiences for which academic credit is given. There are several different models for international education programs, as defined by the USG Handbook for Developing and Maintaining Study Abroad Programs. It is understood that traveling abroad may carry certain risks. Students and faculty are expected to take appropriate precautions. However, nothing in this policy is intended to expand GHSU’s obligations to its students, faculty or staff in any way. Instead, this policy is intended to provide oversight of the credit-granting process while also providing practical guidance and accountability for students and faculty traveling abroad for such experiences.
Student Application to Participate in International Education
- Every effort should be made to resolve the conflict through discussion with the immediate superior. All visiting academes are expected to follow their superior’s directions, unless such instructions are illegal or unsafe, until the conflict is resolved.
Procedure for Establishing New International Education Opportunity at GHSU (by GHSU faculty)
- All GHSU faculty wishing to propose or sponsor an international education opportunity for which students will receive academic credit must submit a proposal describing the experience and adhere to all procedures and timelines established by the Director of OIE. Institutional approval of the program must be received before students can receive academic credit for such an international education opportunity.
- All students and faculty affected by this policy must report travel information/status to the Director of OIE following established procedures set forth in the GHSU International Education/Study Abroad Handbook for Students.
Participation in International Experience (not for academic credit, see definition above)
- Students and faculty who participate in an educational or service/clinical experience outside the United States, for which academic credit is not granted, are invited to contact the Office of Outreach & International Education for information and resources. They are encouraged to voluntarily self-report their travel information to the Director of OIE, using the appropriate forms as described above.li>
The responsibilities each party has in connection with Academic, Research, and Student Affairs Policy 2.16, International Education/Study Abroad Policy, are:
|Faculty proposing international program||
|Faculty sponsor of, or faculty accompanying students on, international education program for which students will receive academic credit||
|Students applying for and participating in international education||