Site Visits for Study Abroad
The Barlow Endowment for Study Abroad has funds to support faculty visits to study abroad programs and universities used by our students. Most faculty travel to locations where their majors study to gain first hand knowledge of the program or university and its setting. Typically, the Barlow Endowment for Study Abroad supports several trips per year. To be effective, these visits need to occur when the program or university is in session. As a result, they are best undertaken during sabbatical leaves; October, February, and April vacations; and early in Short Term. Faculty usually combine these visits with other travel, personal or Bates oriented, to reduce travel costs and to make the visits more convenient to undertake. Occasionally, the Barlow Endowment may support the entire cost of travel. This depends on other demands on the Endowment and is limited to faculty who are particularly well suited to evaluate the programs and who are willing to visit multiple programs/universities that have not been visited previously. A brief, written report is required upon return.
The Off-Campus Study Committee is responsible for allocating the funds. There is no application deadline for this support as opportunities for site-visits often arise unexpectedly. A notebook with previous site-visit reports is available for review in the Off-Campus Study Office.
Faculty are welcome to discuss potential site visit ideas with Stephen Sawyer, Director of Off-Campus Study Programs. Additional information is available online at http://www.bates.edu/offcampus/