Davidson Faculty & Staff
Thank you for visiting the Office of Education Abroad & Away (OEAA) website. We are excited to collaborate with our on-campus partners to help connect all Davidson students with meaningful opportunities for credit-bearing education abroad and away experiences during their time at the College. Review this page for information about our work, requesting classroom or group presentations, how you can support students interested in study abroad, and useful resources from the field of international education.
If you have any questions, please contact Naomi Otterness, Director of Education Abroad & Away at firstname.lastname@example.org
This section explains how Davidson faculty and staff can help support the work of our office, from encouraging students to explore their options, to leading academic excursions abroad, and more.
The OEAA team would love to speak to your class or student group about the benefits of education abroad and how the process works at Davidson. We are also available to speak to groups of new faculty or staff during onboarding. Complete the request form to get started, or email us at email@example.com with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!
Complete the Presentation Request Form
Information for Holistic & Academic Advisors
Students often approach their holistic or academic advisors with questions about education abroad opportunities. If you receive an inquiry, please encourage your student(s) to schedule an appointment with an OEAA advisor, as they are the best sources of up-to-date information about study abroad and away at Davidson.
If a student asks you to complete an approval or permission form for their education abroad program, please direct them to contact an OEAA advisor instead. Please do not complete the form yourself; OEAA staff and a few select campus partners are the only individuals who should complete study abroad or away forms for students.
That said, the OEAA does encourage advisors to familiarize themselves with some of the basic details about how education abroad works. Expand the accordion to view some general information that may help guide you in conversations with interested students. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!
All students who plan to study abroad during the academic year must select a program from the approved programs list, which offers over 125 program options in more than 50 countries, plus eight Davidson faculty-led (group) programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.
There is also a list of recommended programs for summer and winter break.
Regardless of term or choice of program, students must complete an application with the Davidson Office of Education Abroad & Away to receive approval to go abroad and earn transfer credit.
Students can go abroad for the first time the summer after their first year, and then any time up until their senior year. Some seniors can go abroad with special permission
Who can go abroad?
Students must be in good academic, financial, and disciplinary standing to go abroad.
Any major or minor can go abroad. Students hoping to earn major credit must discuss their planned courses with their Department Chair
Students should begin planning early, ideally at least a year in advance of when they hope to go abroad
All students traveling abroad for College-related purposes who are not on study abroad programs, e.g. research, internships, volunteering, athletics, grant-funded travel, etc. are required by the College to complete a Travel Registration in the OEAA system.
If you are advising students planning international activities or will be taking students abroad, please share the Travel Registration page with them and ask them to complete the registration form in the OEAA portal at least 3-4 weeks in advance of their planned travel start date.
Leading Programs and Academic Excursions
If you are interested in taking a group of students abroad, please meet with Naomi Otterness, Director of Education Abroad & Away, to ensure that all Davidson-sponsored travel follows consistent policies for program development, student selection and preparation, and sound risk management for travel plans. You can also get started by submitting this form.
Faculty recipients of DRI grants for group investigations are required to sign a leader agreement, collected by the OEAA on behalf of the VPAA, before funds will be distributed.
Student groups going abroad but not earning credit are considered academic excursions, and are also required to complete the College travel registration process. For groups of four or more students, OEAA staff will create a customized group registration in the portal for your students, rather than having them complete the individual travel registration form.
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