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  • Learning Abroad Information for Gannon Faculty Members 

    In addition to believing in the importance of providing students with the opportunity to engage in educational activities around the world, Gannon University also believes in the importance of continued development of faculty and staff through their own travels abroad.

    Gannon's faculty members integrate course material and international experiences into GIFT (Gannon: Inspired Faculty-led Travel) Courses, which meet academic requirements, whether in the Liberal Studies Core or within specific majors. GIFT Courses typically travel over spring break or in May after the end of spring semester, though travel during the December-January break is also an option, if the academic calendar, course, and destination allow.

    Faculty are encouraged to consider adding an international or intercultural component to one of their existing courses, or to pursue the creation of a new course offering. Faculty are also encouraged to work with colleagues in other departments in the creation of interdisciplinary courses and travel opportunities. Faculty members interested in creating a GIFT Course are encouraged to make an appointment with Meagan Gania, Director of Learning Abroad and International Academic Programs, to discuss their ideas, and then to complete and submit a Learning Abroad Program Proposal, which will be reviewed by the Office of Learning Abroad and International Academic Programs and the respective Dean's Office.

    The University has developed Policies and Procedures that will be implemented across the university to cover a myriad of details regarding university-related travel with students. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to read through these Policies and Procedures before planning or proposing any travel.

    Faculty can access both the Learning Abroad Program Proposal and the University Policies and Procedures on the Learning Abroad page on the portal, where they'll also find helpful tools for advising students interested in studying abroad.