Faculty-Led Programs Abroad

Planning a Faculty-Led Program Abroad (FLPA)*

Please follow these steps to make sure you have covered all University requirements.

*These include travel courses AND short trips to attend international conferences.

1.  Review the Travel Policy

All travel sponsored, organized, facilitated or encouraged by Creighton University must be under the oversight of an administrative unit of the University.

2.  Review the University Requirements for Travel Programs

Review the University's basic expectations for FLPAs (including ourInternational Safety & Emergency Protocol) before you plan your FLPA so that you can integrate all requirements in your proposal.

3. Contact Your Dean's Office

Find out if your School / College has an established process for applying for a School / College - sponsored travel courses or "FLPAs."

If your School / College does not have a preferred process, you may complete the following forms and submit them to the GEO.  The GEO will complete an initial review and make recommendations to your Dean.  Decanal approval is required for all FLPAs granting academic credit in their School / College.

Application Deadlines:

  • August 1 - application deadline for summer stand-alone programs (permits inclusion in the FLPA Showcase and the Study Abroad Fair that take place each September).
  • March 1 - application deadline for fall or spring break programs.

To attend an international conference (short trip) with students, you only need to complete the following form and submit to GEO after obtaining decanal approval:

4. Post Your FLPA in the Jays Abroad Portal

Once approved by GEO and the respective Dean (or her/his designee), the FLPA OR short term international trip will be included in the Jays Abroad portal on the GEO website.  A Global Programs Coordinator will contact the faculty leader to set up the travel course's or program's profile in the Jays Abroad portal.

Faculty will be able to access the Jays Abroad portal to remain updated on applications received, approvals, completion of requirements. etc.

Students must complete waiver forms for all international travel regardless of type.

5. Direct Students to Apply Through the Jays Abroad Portal

All students must be directed to the Jays Abroad portal to apply for the FLPA.  This permits consistent tracking of students' submission of documents and meeting other requirements.  

6. Non-Participant Traveler Exception Application

Only approved participants in a Creighton University program may travel with the group.  FLPA leaders may apply to the Global Engagement Office for an exception.

For an exception to be considered there must be a clear plan outlining the activities of non-Creighton participants.  Usually no Creighton University funds may be approved for non-Creighton participants. Depending on the type of trip and non-participant, additional waiver forms may be required. Plans to travel should not be made until after an approval is received.

Please contact Rene Padilla, PhD, Vice Provost for Global Engagement at 402-280-4745 or rpadilla@creighton.edu with any questions.