Forming Partnerships

5 Steps to Study Abroad Partnership

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) is proactively working with academic departments to develop successful partnerships around the world.

If you're interested in partnering with another institution to provide an international study-travel course taught by a professor from EIU, then you will need to submit a Faculty-led Proposal by mid-March of year previous year.  

If you are interested in partnering with another institution to lead a program (not teach) or provide Exchange or Direct Enroll opportunities for faculty and/or students, please follow the steps below.

1. Survey (optional) - It is always a good idea to work with your Department to survey students about their interests and needs. If study abroad appeals to them, gather information about where they want to travel, their maximum budget for expenses, an approximate duration of time they would like to stay abroad, and what obstacles they may need to address. 

2. Potential Partners - Once you have the survey results, identify your department/student needs. Match these to potential partners in keeping with the Guidelines for Partnership to the right of this page. If you have not already done so, you should also speak with your Chair about how your Department is willing to support and sponsor the partnership.

3. Course Substitutions - After identifying one or more potential partners, it is time to articulate the courses that are offered. Your Department Chair or his/her designee will need to complete a Study Abroad Course Articulation Form and submit it to Wendy Williamson, Director of Study Abroad. Note, an EIU Partner must run at least 5-10 courses per term that produce credit towards an EIU major, minor, or general education requirement.

4. Gather Information - Gather the following information and send it to Wendy Williamson, Director of Study Abroad.

  • Name and location of the institution with whom you'd like to partner
  • Website of the institution's international relations/programs office
  • Your contact person's name, title, and email
  • Type of relationship you are interested in cultivating

If this partner is approved by the Office of Study Abroad, then the University will pursue an agreement and your department will be expected to develop a marketing and recruiting plan for the applicable program(s).

5. Site Visit (Optional) - Site visits are not required, but they do help you learn about the institution, solidify a strong working relationship, and can lead to faculty exchanges and other international opportunities. If you are planning to visit a potential or existing partner, then check out our Program Evaluation Guide for Site Visits and consider funding opportunities.

Partnership Guidelines

  • Academic Quality - A higher education institution that is recognized by the Ministry of Education in its country, with quality instruction and services.

    International Student Support - Support from an international programs office at the host.

    Safety Standards - No travel warning issued by the Dept. of State. Health/safety services and assistance, as well as emergency procedures.

    Course Options - Courses that your students can substitute for their major, minor, or general education requirements at EIU.

    Courses taught in a language in which students are proficient.

    Cost - Tuition and fees are comparable to the cost of tuition and fees at EIU (unless an exchange agreement).

    Housing - Acceptable and safe housing placement, options, and availability for students.

    Expressed Interest - A location where students have expressed interest in studying abroad.

    International Reputation - Institutional experience with international linkages, and a good reputation.
  • Student Visa - Manageable student visa processes.