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 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:
- 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.
- 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.