Office of Global Engagement

Global Summer Programs

Brown faculty-led Global Summer Programs provide undergraduate students an opportunity to enroll in unique credit-bearing courses.

Summer 2024

The Office of Global Engagement (OGE) is excited to launch a partnership with the Division of Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs to support Brown faculty-led Global Summer Programs as part of Summer Session undergraduate course offerings, which will include courses that are:

  • Credit-Bearing and taught by Brown faculty
  • Offered within the Summer Session Dates: June 17 to August 2, 2024
  • Inclusive of a Travel Component outside of the 50 U.S. States

We invite Brown faculty to propose global summer courses that are designed to achieve globally informed pedagogical or curricular goals and reflect the following priorities and criteria:

  1. Themes, topics and locations that are complementary (and not duplicative) to existing global study away programs (e.g., semester-long study abroad, Brown Semester Internship Programs, etc.).
  2. Multi-disciplinary programming that will appeal to a broad array of student learning interests, enhancing the Brown educational experience.
  3. Opportunities for students who traditionally may have perceived barriers to semester-long study abroad.
  4. Well-articulated rationale for the potential impact of the course on department curriculum and/or interdisciplinary learning across the Open Curriculum, including feasibility of timing and other logistics.

Course proposals can combine a variety of instructional modalities, including on-campus and/or online components. For example, a course could begin on campus, travel to a country, and return to Providence or end remotely.

Submit a Proposal for a Global Summer Program

  • Apply to the Global Summer Program through the Summer Session Course Proposal Form by October 20, 2023
  • Course Syllabus will be reviewed by the College Curriculum Council (CCC) 
  • Course Approval is expected by early December
  • Informational Sessions and Student Applications will be open in December
Overview of Faculty Responsibilities
  • Submit Course Proposal, including Syllabus and Itinerary
  • Highlight any pre-requisites for the course
  • Develop operational plan and budget in collaboration with the OGE team
  • Participate in pre-departure orientations
Overview of OGE Responsibilities
  • Work with Summer Session on seeking approval of proposed courses from the CCC
  • Work with with Summer Session on student enrollment, and tuition and financial aid billing
  • Develop a pre-departure and on-site orientation for participants
  • Provide visa application support, as necessary
  • Conduct due diligence of onsite support services and assist with the process of establishing new contracts and partnerships, as needed

Information about instructor compensation for Summer Session can be found within this memo from the Office of the Provost.

Course development funds can be requested the first time a course is taught or when there are significant revisions to a course that was previously taught. These funds can help to support instructional needs of the course, for example, books, specialized software or translation of course specific materials. These funds do not support the compensation for TAs, as that is covered elsewhere. Request course development funds using this budget form.

The budget will be reviewed and approved by the Division for Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs (PCUG) after a course is approved by the College Curriculum Committee. It may be the case that some requested budget items are approved and others are not. Additional information may also be requested. Funds may not be distributed until the course is confirmed. Questions about course development funds can be directed to


The Global Summer course review process is not conducted on a rolling basis. However, we highly value your initiative and would welcome a conversation to discuss your future course proposal. This will enable us to understand your vision and explore potential avenues for collaboration. Please email us at to schedule a meeting.

All Brown credit-bearing courses must meet CCC guidelines, including the estimated 180 hours of work. The length of the course should be between four to seven weeks.

Yes. This memo provides information on compensation for co-teaching during the Summer Session.


Please email us at with any other questions.