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Teaching Opportunities Abroad

International Human Rights Conflict and Resolution Clinic

Getting Started

The responsibilities of faculty leading a group abroad are more comprehensive than the standard academic duties of a faculty member teaching a course on Stanford campus. If you are in the early stages of planning to add an international component to your course, the Office of International Affairs can work with your on-campus administrator and sponsoring department to address any questions you have and guide you through the different units that may need to be involved. The starting point may be dependent on how you answer these questions:

  • would students get credit for the activity?
  • who pays for the student’s travel, will financial aid pay for it?
  • do I earn teaching hours for my time, how is it calculated?
  • what should I know about traveling safely with a group of students?
  • do I need any training to travel with a group of students?
  • what kind of support will I get overseas?
  • what kind of communications plan is there (in general as well as in case of emergency)?
  • how far in advance should I start to prepare?
  • where to find relevant student candidates?
  • any general qualifications I should consider when selecting students?
  • any there any procedures to follow after returning to the US?

Bing Overseas Studies Program: Faculty-in-Residence

Faculty teach classes in their own disciplines, often developing courses that incorporate unique features of the local culture and environment or that provide comparative perspectives on a particular topic.

Bing Overseas Studies Program: Overseas Seminars

Each year, in the Winter Quarter, BOSP also invites Stanford faculty to consider applying to lead an overseas seminar during the Summer Quarter of the following academic year. The cycle from submission of application to leading the seminar is an 18-month cycle. Overseas Seminars are two-unit, three-week classes taught by Stanford faculty in locations around the world that have direct relevance to the course topic.

The Haas Center for Public Service

Faculty members have the opportunity to offer service learning courses to students. These courses may be considered part of the faculty member’s regular teaching load. The community-engaged scholarship (CES) team at the Haas Center can offer guidance on course development and implementation of a Cardinal course. Resources for new Cardinal Courses are provided through Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education in partnership with departmental curriculum initiative funds. Faculty are invited to apply for up to $3,000 awards to support the design and development of undergraduate courses that combine public community service with academic study. To date, most of the service learning opportunities that are tied to a course take place in the local Bay Area.

Visiting Professor Appointments Abroad

Faculty on sabbatical leave may accept a visiting professor appointment at another educational institution. Refer to GoGlobal to connect with faculty colleagues to exchange information and experiences about teaching in a particular region of the world or international institution. Please check with the Faculty Handbook for guidelines on appointments at other institutions.