Planning Your Activity Abroad

Whether you’re incorporating an international excursion as part of a course or conducting a long-term research project abroad, Global Programs is here to guide you through the assessment, proposal, and implementation stages and provide the knowledge, tools, and resources for success. We can help you explore different program models; familiarize you with the approval process and steps needed to get your project off the ground; and provide examples, tips, and templates to help you effectively manage the details of your activity.

  • 1Assessment

    Working with experts within and outside of the BU community, we will help you assess the strategic, academic, and operational risks that can adversely affect a project, how to avoid them, and also what to do in the event they occur. The questions below will provide you with a basis for assessing many of the risks typical to conducting an activity overseas. Completing this exercise will better inform you of the feasibility of your project and prepare a framework for submitting your project proposal for approval, as appropriate. Refer to the best practices provided throughout our website for help in answering these questions.

Risk Areas and Considerations

  • 2Proposal and Approval

    Review the Teaching and Research pages to learn more about the specific operational considerations and the proposal and approval process for your activity. We recommend that you work with us early in the proposal development process to help you address the operational considerations that may impact your activity.

    Planning a project in Cuba? Due to U.S. financial sanctions, you will need to obtain special approval for travel. Refer to the Travel to Cuba page for more information.

  • 3Implementation

    Once your project has been approved or funded, you can build on the information gathered in the assessment and proposal phases, as well as the operational best practices throughout this section, to help in the implementation and management of your project abroad. Be sure to use the tools provided to help you keep track of expenses, develop and maintain emergency plans, and/or book your travel. We’re here to help, so contact us at any step along the way.