Faculty and Staff International Opportunities
In addition to leading overseas programs, there are several opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in internationalization of their field and courses. Contact the Office of International Education to learn more about these programs.
Ongoing, no application process required.
Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is a teaching model that implements virtual exchange between students and faculty at Fredonia and abroad. Distinct from online courses, COILed classes are in a traditional face-to-face format and use internet technologies to integrate planned interactions and projects. COIL can help internationalize the curriculum by developing intercultural competence and providing the opportunity for meaningful exchanges between faculty and students from different cultural backgrounds. The COIL process starts with identifying a course or part of a course that you'd like to internationalize. With support from your department, the partnering process can begin. You might already have a colleague abroad to work with, or you can contact the Office of International Education to help find a partner. Once partnered, you and your colleague will plan the COIL portions of your class. Each COILed class is unique, with the design up to the faculty and students involved. The goal is to sustain and continue to develop the COIL project to provide students with opportunites to learn from international peers and to develop interest in other international opportunites and study abroad.
China Studies Institute
2-3 weeks in June. Deadline is late December. Travel to China is required.
The China Studies Institute is a selective program to assist full time faculty in integrating more studies of China into their classes. Lasting 3 weeks in the month of June, this is an intensive instiute that involves tours of multiple higher education institutions and businesses, lectures from experts on Chinese culture, language, and history, and site visits to important cultural locations within China. The Office of International Education administers the application and nomination process and facilitates communication and required documents between participants and program administrators. The applications open in late November or December, and deadlines are usually before the Christmas holiday begins. Applicants must submit a CV and one-page statement of purpose explaining how they plan to use the experience to contribute to internationalization efforts, a recommendation letter from their chair or dean, and a statement from a doctor confirming ability to travel. Fredonia selects a nominee based on the letter of purpose, and final selection is done by AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities) and CEAIE (Chinese Education Association for International Exchanges). Partial financial sponsorship is provided by the Office of the Provost at Fredonia and support for the academic program and facilities in China is provided by the Chinese government and CEAIE.
Japan Studies Institute
2 weeks in June. Deadline is late February. Travel to San Diego, California is required.
The Japan Studies Institute is a selective, intensive program to help faculty integrate Japanese studies into their classes. This program is 2 weeks in June at the campus of San Diego State Univeristy. Participants attend full day workshops and seminars led by business leaders, historians, artists, and other scholars with a focus on modern Japan. A portion of the institute is also dedicated to intensive Japanese language courses. The Office of International Education administers the application and nomination process and facilitates communication and required documents between participants and program administrators. In addition to a current CV, applicants should submit a one-page statement of purpose explaining how they plan to use the experience to contribute to internationalization efforts. Fredonia selects a nominee and final selection is done by AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities). Financial support is provided by the Office of the Provost, the Nippon Foundation, and program and facilities are provided by San Diego State University.
Erasmus+ Faculty and Staff Mobility
1-2 weeks, determined by participants. Deadline is in late November. Travel to host country is required.
Erasmus+ is a program sponsored by the European Commission to provide opportunites for exchanges between European institutions and institutions outside of Europe. Formal agreements must be in place and are department-specific. Host departments at Fredonia must agree to coordinating logistics and developing a meaningful 1-2 week visitation program for incoming participants. Outgoing participants will work with their hosts to determine timing, program, and assistance with travel and accomodations. Applications must be coordinated through the Office of International Education. Applications are open in early November and must include a CV and one-page statement of purpose addressed to the partner to explain specific academic or research interests as well as how the experience will contribute to internationalization efforts for both partners. The participants are determined in late October based on quotas from the partners. Fredonia selects nominees from the applicants and forwards the statements of purpose and CV to the partner for final approval and department matching. Financial support is provided through an Erasmus+ grant. The Office of International Education administers the application and nomination process and facilitates communication and required documents between participants and host.
Please contact the Office of International Education if you have colleagues abroad with whom we can establish an Erasmus+ program.