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Institution Specific Partnership Programs

The Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) will be accepting applications for spring and summer 2021 partnership programs beginning November 1, 2019. All applicants should first consult with their institutional representative prior to beginning an application.

TnCIS accepts applications to administer study abroad programs outside of its regular consortium model program offerings. This type of program is referred to as a  Partnership Program and is designed to offer a customized study abroad experience to students at one or a limited number of institutions. These custom programs are often designed as a capstone experience for a regular spring or summer course taught at the home institution and typically have a very specific student focus (i.e., honors program, workforce development, choir program) that does not fit in a regular 3 – 4 week summer program. If you are interested in developing such a program at your institution, please consult with your TnCIS Institutional Rep for more guidance on the process for gaining approval at your home institution before you begin the application below.

Applicants should keep in mind that all components of the application will be taken into consideration during the approval process. The application should indicate the academic need and integrity of the course proposed, appropriateness of the course in the program location, as well as a demonstrated understanding of study abroad on the applicant’s part. Furthermore, please be aware that a formal statement of support will be required from your institution’s President or their designee as part of a complete application.

Please read all of the instructions below before beginning the online application available through the button at the bottom of this page.

1. Complete the online Partnership Program application questionnaires in their entirety by February 1. After you click the submit button for each questionnaire, a check will appear in the "received" box on your application homepage. Directions on how to proceed with approval of your application at your institution will be included in an automated email you will receive once you begin the application process. 

2. Download the Partnership Program Institutional Approval Form which will need to be signed by your Supervisor(s), your Chief Academic Officer, your President, and the TnCIS Representative at your institution. See Members on the TnCIS website for the contact information of your TnCIS representative. Attach the blank Approval Form to the printed email confirmation (see item #1 above), your curriculum vitae (CV) and your syllabus. Submit all documentation to your Supervisor for approval and routing.

3. As part of the online application, you will upload your CV. Please use the short form of your CV. The application requires a .doc or .docx (Microsoft Word) file.  Include your name as part of the file name. Please be aware that your CV will be made available online to TBR and possibly others as deemed necessary. Again, the short form CV is preferred due to its availability online. Personal contact information will be redacted before it is made accessible online.

4. As part of the online application, you will also upload your syllabus. Please provide a syllabus for your course using the TnCIS Syllabus Outline. The syllabus should be designed for the partnership study abroad program and not a standard semester course syllabus.  Be sure to include your name as part of the file name.  The application requires a .doc or .docx file. Please remember that all courses must comply with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) standards and reflect the same rigor as expected by any course at your institution. Course syllabi should include the basic master syllabus components for the same course at your home institution, including catalog descriptions, prerequisites, course goals and learning outcomes. Additional goals and outcomes may be added based on the study abroad experience. Make sure to communicate, either in your course description or in another section, how you intend to incorporate the program site into your course content. Faculty can access this year’s approved courses and syllabi on each program page under the course information tab. Please note, the current TnCIS syllabi are considered the intellectual property of TnCIS faculty and should serve only as examples of how to develop your own unique syllabus.  

5. All faculty applying to teach in a TnCIS program are required to submit an official transcript for SACSCOC verification purposes.  Please submit an official copy of the transcript for your most recent degree.  If you have multiple degrees, all transcripts which show coursework that qualifies you to teach the course you have proposed to TnCIS will be required.  Once a faculty member submits a transcript, TnCIS will keep it on file and faculty will not need to resubmit another should they apply to teach for TnCIS in subsequent years. Contact us if you have questions.  All transcripts should be sent to the following address: 

Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS)
Pellissippi State Community College  
P.O. Box 22990  
Knoxville, TN  37933-0990
6.  If accepted to teach in a TnCIS program, faculty are required to attend two mandatory faculty orientations leading up to the onsite programs. The fall orientation is scheduled in September on a Saturday and will be held in the Middle Tennessee area.  Spring programs may follow a different schedule. Faculty will be notified by TnCIS.

Complete application packets, including all supporting documents and signed Partnership Program Institutional Approval Form will be due in the TnCIS office by February 1, 2020. If there are any questions about the application process, please call the TnCIS office at 865.539.7279.

Faculty Benefits May Include:

Faculty members teaching in a TnCIS partnership program may receive the following: 
  • Any required visitor's visa (cost reimbursement)
  • Round trip group international airline ticket
  • Accommodations and meals based on the program budget
  • All transportation and entry tickets on sponsored excursions based on the program budget
  • Limited health insurance while abroad
Expenses not covered by TnCIS: 
  • Passport
  • Health insurance (beyond the limited insurance provided abroad)
  • Transportation/Lodging to and from the departure airport
  • Transportation/Lodging to and from the faculty/student orientations
  • Personal spending money
Institution Specific Partnership Program Application