Each year, our VCU professors lead groups of students on short-term study abroad programs. Faculty members interested in directing programs should refer to the following publications.
Handbook and Guidelines
- Study Abroad Program Development
- Faculty Program Leader Handbook
- Kognito training to help faculty navigate difficult dialogues with students
- Budget planning tips
- Site visit checklist
Affiliation Agreements with Program Providers
VCU has affiliation agreements with six third-party study abroad program providers, some of which we have worked with to create customized faculty-led programs. Different than travel agents or providers, these international education organizations are each able to offer customized academic programs in various destinations and in collaboration with many host institutions around the world. You may consider connecting with one of these providers to coordinate your own study abroad program.
- Academic Programs International (API)
- Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA)
- CET Academic Programs
SAI has a special faculty fellows program for which VCU faculty are eligible. More details can be found on the SAI website.
Pre-departure Workshop for Faculty
For more information, please contact Stephanie Davenport Tignor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Teacher ID Card
VCU Education Abroad recommends the International Teacher Identification Card (ITIC) as basic international travel insurance for all students and faculty traveling abroad. The card is valid for one year from the date of issue and includes the following insurance coverage:
- Medical and Dental Expense (up to $25,000)
- Travel Document Replacement (up to $500)
- 24-Hour Emergency Hotline Services
- Concierge Services
- and more
Note: ISIC only provides premium-grade insurance to students. As such, teachers are only eligible for the standard ISIC insurance program as detailed above.
If you are leading a VCU faculty-led program, please be aware that the cost of an ITIC is not specifically covered as a part of your program fee unless you factor it in when setting your budget. As such, you will need to independently request and pay for the card.
Note: VCU Education Abroad no longer makes the cards in our office. ITIC's are made at an off-site location and will be mailed to teachers at the home address provided on the online form. Cards take approximately 2-3 business weeks to process and be shipped. Once mailed, the cards will arrive through regular US mail, so please plan accordingly so that you can be sure you will receive your ITIC before your departure date. Cards are valid from the date of issue.
To request an ITIC, you must fill out the online form below. Please remember to verify all entered information prior to submitting this form to ensure that it is correct.
After submission of the form, you will need to complete the application process by paying the $25 card fee online and emailing a copy of your payment confirmation to email@example.com. Once paid, your card information will be processed and you will receive an email from ISIC requesting a digital color photograph of yourself to complete the card. The photograph you provide must be a square color headshot. After your photo has been received by ISIC, your card will be made and mailed to the address that you provided.
Once you have submitted all required materials, including payment confirmation, please allow two to three weeks for your card to be made and mailed to you. Cards are valid from the date of issue. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact VCU Education Abroad at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-827-7882.Back to top