IL Forms & Facts for Faculty

Faculty should find the attached links helpful when designing or teaching an IL course.  Because timelines and needs vary significantly with the type of course, most materials here are subdivided into TRAVEL vs FIELD TRIP vs CAMPUS courses.  Information on Internships and Independent Studies for IL credit are on the main IL webpage.

The Courses Offered List, COL, for May Term is established long before the courses are taught. Chairs submit a plan in October, a full year and a half before the start of the term. Faculty should discuss their plans with their chairs early. Faculty who wish to offer a travel course will nearly always get approved for this. Occasionally, however, faculty will be asked to wait to ensure that we do not have more travel courses than students to fill them. Faculty are encouraged to talk about their plans with the General Education Director. 

Course proposals are due January 20, 15 months before a new IL course is taught. Course Proposal Forms are found on the Course Proposal and Syllabi page.

Travel courses require a lot of advanced planning, budgeting, and coordination.  See the IL Travel Handbook and the Travel Course web page for details. All travel courses

    • Spend six or more nights off campus
    • Meet at least 14 days counting all days traveling plus any days with meetings on campus
    • Enroll students by application and faculty permission September-November
    • Work with the International Education Director to establish budgets and for logistical support

Field trip courses 

    • Spend one to five nights off campus
    • Follow the official May Term calendar
    • Enroll students through WebAdvisor starting in November and continuing until the course is full
    • Work with the General Education Director to establish budgets and for logistical support

Campus courses

    • Spend zero nights off campus, but may include day trips
    • Follow the official May Term calendar
    • Enroll students through WebAdvisor starting in November and continuing until the course is full
    • Work with the General Education Director to establish budgets and for logistical support