The Office of Education Abroad (OEA) works with faculty to develop and short-term, for credit study abroad programs to nearly any destination on the globe. OEA staff will work with you throughout the development, implementation, and return process. Faculty program directors have the opportunity to enhance student education with international experiences and can be compensated for their work as program directors. To learn more about this opportunity, contact Kimberly Kuhn, OEA Coordinator of Short Term Programs at email@example.com or 704‑687‑5895.
The Office of International Programs (OIP) is committed to supporting our faculty and staff with initiatives to increase our international connectedness and global awareness at UNC Charlotte and around the world. The information provided on the faculty & staff international travel page is designed to provide resources to assist you with your upcoming travels. Resources include information about export control, insurance, technology usage, country/culture guides, general travel protocol, and more! Click here to access our resources.
The Office of International Programs awards small grants to assist faculty with international travel. Priority is given to faculty members whose travel enhances the internationalization of the University, either through teaching, research, program initiation or development, or the building or strengthening of linkages with other institutions of higher learning. Click here to apply or to learn more about International Faculty Travel Grants.
Faculty are encouraged to work with the OIP staff in exploring and applying for a wide range of international exchange opportunities. These include the Fulbright Exchange Program, reciprocal department exchanges, and exchanges based on agreements between UNC Charlotte and foreign institutions of higher learning. Click here to learn more about faculty exchanges opportunities.
In collaboration with University College, the Office of International Programs launched the International Enrichment Seminar (UCOL 1205) in Fall 2011. The International Enrichment Seminar is a one-credit unit course designed to provide students new to UNC Charlotte with an overview of internationally-related resources and programs at the University and in the city, while exploring foundations of global perspectives and intercultural awareness. Faculty, staff and community members interested in learning more or in being involved with the seminar should visit our webpage or contact Dr. Christina Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). The Program offers U.S. faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, or to participate in seminars. Visit the Fulbright Scholar Program website.
The Cultural Ambassadors program provides faculty with the opportunity to have a panel of international students visit their classroom and engage with their students in a planned question and answer session and discussion moderated by a member of the International Student/Scholar Office staff. This is an excellent way for faculty to add an additional international component to a course and to provide students with a firsthand opportunity to learn about the culture and experiences of students from other countries. To learn more, contact Denise Medeiros, ISSO Assistant Director at email@example.com or 704‑687‑7784.
The Office of International Programs (OIP) maintains a database of university faculty and staff with interest and expertise in various foreign languages and cultures, which we use to engage members of the campus community as participants for various international programming activities and OIP initiatives. We also provide lists of those with particular expertise, on request, to faculty who are seeking research partners or collaborators. Click here to make a request or learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phi Beta Delta has as its purpose the recognition of experience in the areas of international education exchange and/or international scholarship. It also serves as a means for encouraging interdisciplinary interchange and serves as a catalyst for developing a network among faculty, students, and staff involved. Learn more about Phi Beta Delta, including how to be nominated for membership.
UNC Charlotte faculty who are planning to travel internationally are advised to purchase international travel insurance through the Office of Education Abroad. The cost is $2.56 per day. To purchase this insurance, contact Esther Hollington at email@example.com or 704‑687‑7748. Faculty are also advised to register with the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) prior to their trip and to read the general international travel information at the U.S. Department of State’s travel website.
Faculty and academic advisors interact on a regular basis with international students at UNC Charlotte and may at times be caught off-guard by the various learning styles and sets of expectations based upon non-U.S. educational systems. In addition, they may not fully realize the enormous pressure felt by international students. Each Fall semester, the ISSO offers a workshop entitled "Immigration 101" which covers some of these topics. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend. Learn more about Immigration 101 or sign up.
UNC Charlotte's staff members play an important role in providing services and programs for the University's growing and diverse international students and faculty. This workshop is designed to assist staff members who come into contact with international students and faculty in the workplace. The workshop is offered annually through the Human Resources Employee Learning and Development website. Workshops can also be delivered on request to University groups or departments. Direct requests to Marian Beane, ISSO Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the China Initiative is to "Strengthen ties and understanding between China, UNC Charlotte and the State of North Carolina by exchanging knowledge across academic disciplines, promoting socio-economic interactions and an understanding of Chinese life and culture." The China Initiative is an excellent resource for faculty and administrators whose research or teaching mission is related to China. Learn more about the China Initiative and about how to access this resource.
The International Student/Scholar Office (ISSO) provides immigration/visa assistance, and a range of advice and resources to assist international scholars at UNC Charlotte. ISSO can answer questions ranging from how various actions affect visa status to what University and community services you are likely to find useful. Learn more about the services and information available or about how to contact ISSO directly at the ISSO's website.
The International Instructor Language Support Program (IILSP) provides two key services. First, IILSP provides language assistance to non-U.S. graduate students who are part of the International Teaching Assistant program. Second, IILSP conducts faculty language assessment and consulting for academic departments who are evaluating applications for faculty positions from candidates whose native language is not English. To learn more about these services, contact Meriam Brown, IILSP Coordinator, at email@example.com or at 704‑687‑7776.
The Office of International Programs welcomes faculty and staff volunteers for various programs and events. Opportunities include volunteering to work with or promote events such as the International Festival, serving as a host family for international students, and more. Check out additional information about partnering with or volunteering for international programs and events.
A wide variety of international programming is available throughout the year to all members of the campus community and the Charlotte region. Attend lectures by distinguished international speakers and speakers on international topics through our Great Decisions and International Speaker Series programs. Celebrate diversity and learn about the world though by participating in International Women's Day, International Education Week, and the International Festival events. Honor achievement in international education and scholarship though the UNC Charlotte Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Delta. Check out the details and calendar of events.