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.

Faculty/Staff Training Materials

Workshop and training materials are available to all NC State faculty, staff, and program personnel.
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Annual 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.

Workshops Offered on a Rotating Basis

First Aid Mental Health and Safety

Study abroad program directors often support students facing physical and mental health issues while on-site. This training will provide 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. Attendees can also bring scenarios they encountered in the past for feedback from Study Abroad, Student Health, and Counseling Center staff. The aim of the session is to increase confidence when managing common health issues on-site; this is not a first responder certification training and there are no medically-related expectations for program directors.

Teaching Tools: Global Knowledge GEP + Cultural Competence

Share ideas for increasing cultural competencies in your students! We often assume that students will build upon intercultural competencies by simply being abroad. However, research indicates that where a faculty member intervenes, student learning increases. Study Abroad fulfills the Global Knowledge GEP, an important aspect of intercultural competence. Beyond global knowledge, this workshop will provide multiple ideas for guided reflection and skills building that can be easily incorporated into any study abroad program to increase intercultural competence.