There are many offices, schools, and colleges at the University that conduct global, credit-bearing, teaching activities, such as taking BU students abroad through an excursion as part of a course, or teaching an entire course abroad. Some examples of current global teaching activities can be found in the Discover section of our website.
Operational considerations for credit-bearing teaching activities are a part of standard course- or program-approval processes on campus and need to be reviewed carefully. The answers to the questions in the Planning Your Activity Abroad section, and more specifically, the considerations listed below, will become the basis for the operational considerations section of your proposal.
- Determination of what type of legal registration (and/or registration with other host country authorities) is required
- Collaboration agreements or Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with local institutions
- Compliance with local employment and contractor services laws
- Effects of currency exchange rates on program budgets
- Ensuring the health, safety, and security of participants
- Ensuring availability of funds in-country for local expenses
- Purchasing logistics
- Visa and work permit requirements in-country for participants
- Technology infrastructure in host country to support the educational activities
- Export control laws
Proposals for credit-bearing global activities embedded within a single course, such as a spring break or post-course excursion, or for new courses conducted abroad:
- Obtain approval from your department chair or dean to design the course or activity.
- Contact Global Programs to review the operational considerations outlined above.
- Submit the syllabus for official approval within your college or school’s course approval process.
Proposals for credit-bearing activities which constitute more substantive additions and modifications to Boston University’s wide range of educational programs:
- Begin with the steps for single-course activities listed above.
- Submit the activity for approval through the Office of the Provost’s electronic Curriculum Approval Process (eCAP), which combines a curriculum-approval process with the process of logging operational considerations of global activities.
- eCAP proposals are subjected to the existing internal review process within your individual school or college and then reviewed by the Office of the Provost and/or appropriate University bodies.
- Review and approval by Global Programs will be part of the Office of the Provost’s review process.
- The Office of the Provost’s eCAP submission website provides detailed information on how to identify the types of activities that require eCAP approval, as well as a step-by-step guide to how the approval process progresses for each type.
You are encouraged to contact Global Programs staff at any stage of the process—and especially in the earliest stages of program development—to plan for operational needs. You can also refer to the Manage section of the website and consult with the appropriate contact person for additional assistance.
- Student Learning Abroad: What Our Students are Learning, What They’re Not, and What We Can Do About It
- Improve Your Intercultural Training Through Transformative Learning
- China & India: What You Need to Know When Conducting Research or Educational Activities
- Sub-Saharan Africa—What You Need to Know When Conducting Research or Educational Activities
- Strategic Planning for Study Abroad Financing