There are many offices, schools, and colleges at the university that conduct global, credit-bearing, teaching activities, such as taking Cornell students abroad through an excursion as part of a course, or teaching an entire course abroad. Some examples of Cornell's global teaching activities can be found by searching the class roster and filtering by "location."
Operational considerations for credit-bearing teaching activities are a part of standard course- or program-approval processes on campus and need to be reviewed carefully. The answers to the questions in the Introduction to planning activities abroad page, and more specifically the considerations listed below, should prove useful when planning a teaching activity abroad.
- Determining what type of legal registration (and/or registration with other host country authorities) is required
- Collaboration agreements or Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs) with local institutions
- Compliance with local employment and contractor services laws
- Effects of currency exchange rates on program budgets
- Ensuring the health, safety, and security of participants
- Ensuring availability of funds in-country for local expenses
- Purchasing logistics
- Visa and work permit requirements in-country for participants
- Technology infrastructure in host country to support the educational activities
- Export control laws
Resources for Program Development
Cornell has also compiled a robust online toolkit of best practices, guidance, and resources for anyone interested in developing or enhancing an international off-campus activity.
Proposals for credit-bearing global activities:
- Obtain approval from your department chair or dean to design the course or activity
- Submit the syllabus for official approval within your college or school’s course approval process
- You are encouraged to contact Global Operations (globaloperations [at] cornell.edu) at any stage of the process—especially in the earliest stages of program development—to plan for operational needs.