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The Center for International Programs provide assistance for faculty who want to:

  • Lead a short-term program abroad.
  • Coordinate or participate in a teaching exchange.
  • Establish a partnership with an international institution.
  • Host an international student.

USI Policy Regarding Program Administration

All program directors responsible for University of Southern Indiana student or faculty travel abroad must adhere to the USI policy regarding Study Abroad and Faculty-Led Travel programs. These guidelines have been established to ensure the health and safety of all program participants.

Faculty/Staff-Led Education Abroad Manual 2024

The Center for International Programs:

  1. Maintains the website for program participants and manages the submission of required documents.
  2. Provides information and resources to program directors on issues of health and safety abroad.
  3. Upon request, provides consultation and review of program proposals.
  4. Upon request, assists with pre-departure orientation and re-entry programs.
  5. Provides emergency action protocol that enables program directors abroad to contact USI on a 24-hour basis.
  6. Coordinates on-campus action of the Study Abroad Risk Management Task Force (in cooperation with the Provost and the Associate Provost for Student Affairs) in case of an emergency abroad.

USI International Program Application for Academic Departments

USI International Program Application for Administrative Departments

Invitations to visiting international faculty to conduct teaching or research at the University of Southern Indiana must be approved by the department chair and dean of the college. Specific details concerning the visiting faculty member's responsibilities, term of appointment and benefits provided by USI should be determined before a formal invitation is issued. Please consult with the Center for International Programs to determine if the visiting scholar qualifies for a J-1 exchange visitor visa, and what category of the J-1 program will be used.

Once the details have been approved, a letter of invitation from the dean is sent to the visiting professor, along with the J-1 Scholar Information Form available from the Center for International Programs. The completed form should be returned to the Center for International Programs at least two months prior to the date the visiting scholar plans to arrive in the U.S. International Programs will issue the DS-2019 form, which the visiting scholar uses to obtain a J-1 exchange visitor visa.

Opportunities for short-term and long-term assignments are available under the auspices of the exchange agreements with several of our partner institutions. Please contact the Center for International Programs for further information about these programs.

University of Applied Sciences, Osnabrueck, Germany
Block Week courses in May and November, as well as other faculty exchange opportunities

Harlaxton College, United Kingdom
Semester, summer and short-term opportunities 

International Exchange Partnership Proposal Form

General guidelines for establishment of new exchange programs:

  • Strategic partnerships.
  • Proposals must be supported by department chair and dean of the college.
  • Terms of Memorandum of Understanding should include specific dates (usually three years) with guidelines for renewal/termination of agreement.
  • Termination of exchange agreement if no activity within an agreed upon time frame (recommend one or two years).

proposal process

Proposals, once approved by department chair and dean, will be reviewed by the International Student Advisory Committee. The committee, appointed by the president, advises the Assistant Provost of the Center for International Programs and periodically reviews policies and matters concerning recruitment, retention, services and exchange programs. The committee consists of the Assistant Provost of the Center for International Programs (chair), the director of the International Studies program, one faculty member from each academic college plus an additional faculty member from the World Languages and Cultures department, the director of Admission and a student representative recommended by the Assistant Provost of the Center for International Programs.

Faculty Global Engagement Initiatives

Teaching exchange in Germany

Dr. Daria Sevastianova, associate professor of economics at USI, taught for a semester at one of USI's international partner institutions, Hochschule Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, while the German university's Dr. Johannes Hirata taught in USI's Romain College of Business. "Dr. Hirata's presence at USI has truly strengthened our partnership with the Hochschule, and has contributed to a greater awareness and appreciation of the benefits of international exchange among our faculty, staff and students," said Heidi Gregori-Gahan, assistant provost for International Programs and Services. 

Read more about Sevastianova and Hirata's exchange experience.