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Submit a Global Seminar Proposal

Deadline for Summer 2023: TBD

The Division of Global Engagement provides administrative and logistical support for UC Santa Cruz faculty to teach UCSC coursework abroad through Global Seminars, faculty-led summer study abroad programs. These programs involve UC Santa Cruz courses taught abroad, enhanced by the location, excursions, and cultural activities. They are intended to expand study abroad opportunities for UCSC students in a broad range of academic disciplines and foster relationships with institutions abroad. 

All program proposals are reviewed by the Senate Committee on International Education (CIE), UC Santa Global Learning, and the Committee on Courses of Instruction for course approval.

If you are considering a Global Seminar proposal, review the Global Seminar Proposal Guidelines for detailed information on the review process, criteria, and timelines. It is also recommended that you view examples of past successful proposals: Relief Printmaking in Korea and Moroccan Cinema and Arabic.

How to Submit a Proposal

Complete and submit an online proposal form. Review the Global Seminar Proposal Guidelines for more information about criteria and considerations prior to submitting a proposal.


Senate faculty and eligible lecturers can submit a Global Seminar proposal. Eligible lecturers are those who have taught at least one quarter at UCSC in each of the last three years, and also have taught at least 9 quarters at UCSC overall, in any department or college

After proposal submission, the sponsoring department chair will be requested to complete an assessment form.

Why Submit a Proposal

While UCSC students have a variety of study abroad or away options available to them, UC Santa Cruz Global Seminars provide students with a unique opportunity to pursue an international experience with UC Santa Cruz faculty while enrolled in UC Santa Cruz courses. Excursions and cultural activities are built into the program, leveraging the location to enhance learning. Many provide opportunities for students to visit non-English speaking countries while doing their coursework in English. Class sizes are small (15-30 students) allowing for a more intimate learning environment. Faculty can share their knowledge and interest in another country and culture while at the same time work closely with students, helping shape their experience both in and out of the classroom through meaningful engagement abroad.

Proposal Workshops

Faculty and lecturers are encouraged to attend an upcoming Global Seminar Proposal Workshop, co-facilitated by CIE and Global Learning. Workshop dates will be updated in Fall 2021.

Proposal Review Process

Global Seminar proposals will be reviewed by the Faculty Senate Committee on International Education (CIE) and UC Santa Cruz Global Learning. If recommended for development by both CIE and Global Learning, the course(s) proposed will need to undergo an accelerated CCI new course approval. For detailed information about the review criteria, please review the Global Seminar Proposal Guidelines.

Before submitting a proposal, be prepared to:

Proposal review will occur in two steps:

1) CIE and Global Learning Review

CIE and Global Learning will review proposals to either “recommend” or “not recommend” that a proposal move forward to development. CIE will review proposals based on target demographics, academic quality, and feasibility while Study Abroad will review proposals based on affordability, marketability, sustainability, and risk management.

During the review process, Global Learning may request a meeting to resolve any questions they have about the proposal. Pending course approval by the Committee on Courses of Instruction (CCI), “recommended” programs will be developed for summer 2023 implementation through a collaborative process between the program leader and Global Learning. Not all programs will be recommended for development and most recommended programs might be deferred to summer 2023 due to capacity. Faculty will be notified of their proposal status by the end of March or early April.

2) CCI Course Approval

The Committee on Courses of Instruction (CCI) will conduct an accelerated new course approval review for the summer-session course(s). Consultation with CCI is recommended to determine if a new course approval or a course revision is required.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I propose a new course?

A: Yes. In fact, all Global Seminar courses must be approved as new courses through the Committee on Courses of Instruction (CCI). Faculty will be notified to move forward with a new course submission following proposal recommendation. Please see the Committee on Courses of Instruction (CCI) website for more information and guidance.

Q: Can I offer a course that my department already offers during the academic year as a study abroad course?

A: Yes. However, faculty will need to submit a new course proposal to the Committee on Courses of Instruction to teach the course abroad. We encourage you to discuss with your department chair how offering this course(s) in the summer may impact enrollments in the same course offered during the regular academic year.

Q: What criteria are used to review proposals?

A: CIE will review proposals for target demographic, academic quality, and feasibility. Global Learning will review proposals for affordability, marketing and enrollment management, sustainability, as well as risk management. A full list of criteria can be found in the Global Seminar Proposal Guidelines.

Q: Will teaching a study abroad course over the summer affect my teaching load during the academic year?

A: No. Summer Session courses are considered overload and are in addition to your regular teaching schedule.