Study Abroad Site Visits

Site Visits/Familiarization Trips

International Faculty and Advisor Opportunities


Several of our study abroad affiliates offer opportunities for university advisors and faculty to visit study abroad centers and programs to increase their knowledge about the programs offered to Montclair State students.  

Familiarization visits are offered at various times throughout the year and generally involve the host taking a group of international education professionals and faculty members on highly structured visits to their study abroad programs.  Visits may include tours of campuses and facilities, excursions, classroom visits, meetings with faculty and staff of host programs, visits to student residences.

Site visits afford opportunities for faculty and academic advisors to see first-hand the facilities and academic offerings of specific study abroad programs and destinations. Several highly reputable study abroad programs offer affordable site visit programs that are designed for University representatives. 

The following study abroad providers are affiliates of Montclair State and regularly offer familiarization trips.


Most trips are highly subsidized, offering shared accommodation, meals and local transportation at no cost.  At the same time, the Global Education Center (GEC) offers small travel grants (up to $500) to off-set airfare costs and encourage academic advisors and faculty members to travel abroad.  GEC supports faculty and advisor familiarization with programs and their involvement in assessment of compatible partner programs and their suitability for our students. Participants may incur some costs which are not specifically covered by the host or GEC, for example, passport, visa, insurance, additional flight costs, personal expenses.


The goals of such visits include:

(1)  increase faculty/advisor awareness and familiarity with student study abroad programs

(2)  increase student enrollment in programs

(3)  ensure that study abroad locations and programs are suitable from an academic and service perspective,

(4)  directly involve faculty and academic advisors in study abroad assessment and promotion

(5)  provide international experience for faculty members and advisors who do not routinely travel abroad. 



In supporting faculty to visit an overseas site, GEC considers the fit between the faculty/advisor’s academic area and the goals of the overseas program or visit. Also, selected faculty and advisor participants should have direct contact with undergraduate students and a role in guiding students’ study abroad considerations. While abroad, participants will assess a range of factors which impact the study abroad experience.  Participants will be asked to submit a report to GEC upon return, and if appropriate, to engage in efforts to promote the program among faculty and students. Promotion efforts may include student advising, conducting an information session(s), participating on a panel, manning a table and/or writing an article for student paper or website.  GEC does not support faculty and advisors for all available site visits, only when GEC determines a site visit would be useful and when funds are available.

Past participants include:

  • Professor Dolores McMorrin EOF Counselor/Advisor, Education Opportunity Fund Program and Center for Academic Development
    Professor, Political Science and Law

  Program: SIT Ghana: Ghana: Origins of African Identity and Ghana: Social Transformation and Cultural Expression



If interested in being considered/contacted for future visits, please complete the application As visits become available, GEC will contact faculty based on academic and geographic interests.

Please contact Domenica Dominguez, Director, Study Abroad and International Programs with any questions or for additional information.



ISA Familiarization Visits

Dublin and Galway, Ireland: October 5-11th, 2013

Valparaiso/Vina del Mar, Chile and Florianopolis, Brazil: October 12-19th*

Lima, Peru and Barranquilla, Colombia: October 19-26th

Madrid, Barcelona and Salamanca, Spain: November 9-16th

Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, Spain: November 9-16th

Deadline to express interest: July 5, 2013.

ISA Faculty Seminar

In addition to the group site visits, there is still space available on the Fall 2013 Faculty Seminar, which will take place in the cities of Meknès, Morocco, and Granada, Spain, during the week of October 19th-26th. The seminar, titled "Encounters, Conflicts and Transculturation: The Iberian Peninsula and Northern Africa," will consist of a series of lectures and guided cultural activities for faculty participants. For more information on the fall seminar, please visit the seminar website.