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Program Design

Program Design Overview

A successful proposal should include a program that was designed to demonstrate strong academic quality, cultural enrichment for students, cohesive integration into the TAMUK curriculum and, where possible, opportunities for experiential learning. Below are some of the areas to consider when designing a program. 

Course Format

  • Course is taught entirely off-campus at host location (domestic or international) with some meetings and/or assignments begin prior to departure or after return. 
  • Study abroad/study away component embedded as part of a TAMUK course taught on-campus or online during a regular term occurring in the beginning, middle, or end.  
  • Hybrid model with some class meetings taking place on-campus leading up to the study abroad/study away component. 


  • Faculty leader(s) teaching in classroom space and/or on-site (museum, cultural locale, etc.)
  • Lectures by guest speakers and local experts
  • Service-learning-community engagement component integrating community service with guided instruction and reflection by faculty leader 
  • Research component or project 
  • Language acquisition 

Course Designation

  • Existing TAMUK course(s) with student learning goals and assignments adjusted to reflect and incorporate location. Course(s) offered must be applicable to the host country/region. 
  • Existing TAMUK course designation(s) for multiple topics i.e. 'special topics' (4000 level)
  • TAMUK courses offered through study abroad and study away must meet the THECB standards for out-of-state and out-of-country courses: THECB Standards 
  • Contact hours may include classroom time, lectures, field trips/excursions, group learning activities, research, service-learning, community projects, volunteer time, other academic activities, and cultural activities conducted prior to, during, and/or after the 'in-location' program dates. 
  • Courses will not offer credit for activities undertaken primarily for travel, recreation, or pleasure. 


  • Stay in one location for the duration of the program, possibly with day or weekend trips outside base location. 
  • Travel within one or more cities or countries (may or may not arrive and depart from same location). 
  • Accommodation options include hotels, youth hostels, apartments, university housing, host families, etc. 
  • Most programs include only a group welcome and farewell dinner. Others may include most or all meals depending on location. 
  • Transportation options might include public (metro, bus, train), walking, and/or private (vans, coaches, flights). All programs include airport pick-up and drop-off (if applicable).