The Office of International Programs organizes and administers all education abroad programs offered by UNLV. Each proposal is reviewed and evaluated with regard to service to the institution, academic quality, impact on the student's educational experience, administrative viability, student and staff health and safety, and budgetary requirements. The completed proposal should be forwarded to the Director of International Programs. Should you require additional information or clarification contact the Office of International Programs.

The completed proposal shall include:

  1. A letter of endorsement to the Executive Vice President and Provost with a copy to the Director of International Programs from the chairman or division head of the faculty or staff member(s) making the proposal. The letter should state that the proposed program has been approved by the faculty or staff member's department and by the college, and/or the senior administrator of the division and that the proposal is considered a valuable program which will enhance the course offerings or programs offered by UNLV. The letter must include the signatures of the department chair, college dean, and dean of the graduate college (when graduate credit is available through the proposed program), and/or the leadership of the division, including the Vice President of the administrative unit.
  2. A formal proposal submitted by the sponsoring faculty or staff member(s) which addresses the guidelines outlined on the following pages.


The faculty member or administrative unit drafting the proposal should cover all the appropriate points listed below. Important considerations include prevention of program duplication, the safety and health of participants, budgetary requirements, the long-term potential for student, faculty and/or staff involvement, and the role of the proposed program in meeting the goals and mission of UNLV.

  1. Name of Program.
  2. Sponsor (department, division, college).
  3. Proposed cooperative arrangements with other institutions or organizations. Legal name and contact information for any cooperating institution or organization. NOTE: UNLV General Counsel will review the status of cooperating organizations and provide direction and documents related to external agreements. No agreements may be entered into on behalf of UNLV without formal written approval by UNLV General Counsel.
  4. Dates and duration. Frequency of repetition.
  5. Projected number of participants (minimum and maximum).
  6. Accessibility and potential of the program to enroll students from other colleges and universities (out-of-state tuition waivers, unique nature of program).
  7. Curriculum (course numbers, titles, descriptions).
  8. Number of academic credits to be awarded.
  9. Names and vitae of faculty and/or staff who are interested in participation during the first year of the program.
  10. Specific qualifications of program leaders as related to the proposed program. Note: There must be at least one UNLV program leader on-site with the students for the duration of the program who speaks the language of the host country or countries.
  11. Effect of this proposal on the accreditation of your program or UNLV.
  12. Housing location and selection process. (housing security, host family screening process, etc.)
  13. Transportation modes, insurance for rental vehicles, selection process for transportation providers.
  14. Health and safety considerations.
  15. Risk management and emergency evacuation procedures.

  1. Rationale for conducting the program abroad.
  2. Service to UNLV and/or the host institution or country.

  1. Selection criteria for students (i.e. minimum GPA, language proficiency, specific majors).
  2. Criteria for the selection of faculty (required only if specific faculty members have been requested by the proposing department).
  3. Effect on home campus: staff replacements.
  4. Effect of the program on the student participant's degree progress.
  5. Facilities available for research and teaching at the study abroad location. For example: classrooms, laboratories, offices, libraries, galleries, equipment.

Please submit two separate budget outlines. The first should reflect the estimated costs to the department or division and UNLV, and the second must estimate costs to each student participant. If any pre-program site visits are anticipated these costs must be included. Information regarding any additional expenditures, or matching funding, must also be provided.

The student participant budget must include estimated transportation costs (both domestic and international), housing, tuition (both home and host institution where applicable), meals, student health insurance (required), and field trip or special program costs. Please include an estimated budget for each student.