Program Director Workshops and Training

Program faculty and staff trainings are offered annually by the Study Abroad Office. Session topics sometimes rotate to provide relevant and varied information to support those leading group programs.

Annual Fall Workshops

New Study Abroad Program Director Orientation

Held early in the fall semester, the orientation is required for all new program directors. The training includes an overview of academics and the global knowledge GEP co-requisite; risk management, health, and safety; budgets and finances; reviewing student applications/student queries; orientations; and program timeline.

Study Abroad Marketing and Recruitment Strategies

This early fall semester session is for new and returning program directors to review recruitment strategies for group programs to ensure healthy program enrollments. Following the session, the Study Abroad Office typically holds a reception to welcome back returning faculty and staff from summer programs and to connect regarding upcoming programs.

Spring Workshops (rotating topics)

Designing Study Abroad Programs through a DEI Lense

Our social identities (e. g. race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, socio-economic status) shape how we experience the world and how others perceive us. In this interactive session, we will unpack our own social identities, examine identities in global contexts, and through case study exercises, gain tools for engaging faculty and students in this conversation.

Student Conduct, Rules and Expectations for Group Programs

With guidance from the Offices of General Counsel, Student Conduct, and Institutional Equity and Diversity, attendees will discuss appropriate on-site study abroad group program rules, student expectations, and conduct consequences.

Cultural Competence Training for Faculty

The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity’s Increasing Cultural Competence Initiative aims to provide a common framework and resources to assist faculty in providing not only a stellar educational experience for their students but also one of inclusivity and understanding. The Study Abroad Office encourages all program directors to take advantage of this opportunity in order to be well equipped to teach cultural competence to program participants, which is an important aspect of running a highly successful study abroad program.

First Aid Mental Health and Safety

Study abroad program directors often support students facing physical and mental health issues while on-site. This training provides an overview of basic first aid skills, such as familiarity with epi-pens and inhalers, talking students through panic attacks, and starting tough conversations with students. This session was offered in Spring 2019 and was recorded for future viewing. See faculty/staff training materials available with NC State login.

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