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Program Development

Each international activity arranged for IU students by an IU unit, faculty, or staff member must be approved through a process facilitated by the Office of Overseas Study.

The Overseas Study Advisory Council supports the Standards of Good Practice of the Forum on Education Abroad and endeavors to use them as a guideline when creating, monitoring and evaluating IU programs.

Information, forms and resources to assist Indiana University faculty members and administrators in development of programs are provided below.


The approval process is designed to maintain the integrity of IU's international activities. Before initiating any study abroad or international activity for students, IU faculty and administrators must obtain approval. Examples of such activities include 1) exchange programs; 2) courses with an overseas component designed by an IU faculty member, school or campus; 3) opportunities abroad for which IU directly facilitates local arrangements, including internships, research, conference attendance and independent study; 4) non-credit activities abroad arranged by an IU office, department or organization, that involve clubs, choruses or teams engaging in volunteer work, sports activities, music ensembles, theater outings, etc.

Program Guidelines & Handbooks

Overseas Study provides resources to assist in program development, assessment and management.  


Data collection and reporting forms and waivers.

Our daily lives are so different from people across the globe. To learn about how other people live their lives, it makes you think about how you want to live your life. It’s character building.”

-Maggie Brinley, IU Overseas Study Participant, Spain

Overseas Study Advisory Council

Meet the members of OSAC.

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