Proposal Process

Applications for Summer 2016 are now closed.


The Step-by-Step proposal process is outlined below. Completed proposals for the Summer 2016, which are submitted to the FLP Office, are subject to a 2-week review process (which may include follow-up discussions and revisions between the faculty and FLP staff) prior to approval.

Summer 2016 Proposal Application Timeline

Action Item Date
Last day to submit FLP proposal documents:

  1. FLP Proposal Form (part 1)
  2. FLP Program Description (part 2A)
  3. Budget Worksheet  (part 2B)
Expect a 2-week review and approval time by FLP Office

May 1, 2015

June 15, 2015

June 15, 2015

Last day to submit approved/signed FLP documents:

  1. FLP Approval Signature Page
  2. FLP Faculty Leader Agreement
  3. Class Section Add Form
  4. Instruction Appointment Form
October 1, 2015

Please note that if you plan to work with a third-party provider to help coordinate your program, and the provider is not currently on the FLP Provider List, contact Curt Anderson (, CIES Director of Marketing and Communications, immediately as the provider will need to be approved at the University level (and CSU level if the provider is international). The approval process could take about four months.


Step by Step Proposal Guide

1.  Meet with the FLP Office and Develop Your Program

(For new FLPs only)

Faculty who would like to propose a new FLP should start by speaking with someone about how to make a strong FLP proposal. Most programs go through several iterations before they are finally approved and discussing the process and your program ideas with someone from the Faculty-Led Programs Office can save you a lot of time. Please contact us at   

2. Research the Program Details

Once the faculty leader has determined the desired program information, they should research key program details, including:


The faculty leader should consult with their department to determine which existing course number would be suitable to use for this FLP. Faculty will have to take into consideration the course topic, desired number of units and time abroad, methods of delivery and evaluation, if the course will satisfy G.E. requirements, etc.


Faculty leaders may choose to arrange student accommodations, classroom space, and tours on their own, but as these on-site logistics can be one of the most daunting parts of leading a FLP, most faculty leaders choose to work with one of many reputable study abroad provider organizations to handle this aspect. Providers offer the benefit of having another level of on-site support in the event of any questions or accidents. Whenever possible FLP Office recommends faculty utilize the services of a provider.

Faculty leaders should contact a provider with a site in the desired country and give them details about the program they wish to put together such as a rough itinerary, desired style of accommodations and classroom space, and what kinds of excursions or trips they would like to include. Faculty can be as vague or as specific as they would like and the provider will work with their on-site team to put together a complete itinerary with costs which will be added to the overall FLP program fee. Eventually, if the faculty leader elects to utilize a provider’s services, a contract will be drawn up that the provider, the faculty leader, and SJSU must sign off on. FLP Office staff can assist with this process if there are any questions or concerns. A list of reputable providers that have worked with SJSU in the past may be found in the FLP Provider List.

Regarding student transportation to and from the program location, faculty leaders can choose to either let the students arrange transportation themselves or organize group travel. Each method has its pros and cons, but for most FLPs, faculty leaders tend to let the students arrange travel themselves and just be responsible for showing up in-country on the program start date at a pre-determined location.

3. Complete the FLP Proposal

All faculty must submit a completed FLP Proposal which includes the following three parts:

  1. FLP Proposal Form (pdf) — This form requires basic program information such as dates, course numbers, units, etc.
  2. FLP Program Description (pdf) — A document that describes in detail the rationale of the program, the program logistics and itinerary, and the academic components of the program. Faculty leaders will show this program description to their home department and college for approval signatures in item 4. Please see Things to Consider When Developing a FLP for guidelines on questions to address in the Program Description.
  3. Budget Worksheet (xlsx) — An interactive excel worksheet where faculty leaders list itemized estimated program costs and the worksheet automatically calculates the total program cost and cost per student. Please see Instructions for Preparing a FLP Budget for more information.

Once the above documents are completed, please submit them to the FLP Office (via email to  for review. If necessary, an FLP staff may request to meet with the faculty leader to go over questions about the program description and/or budget. After the faculty leader and the FLP Office have reviewed the budget, it will be passed on to the Director of Finance and Operations for CIES for final approval. You will receive approval or rejection from the FLP office via email within two weeks, which must be followed up by department/college approvals.

4. Obtain Appropriate Signatures

After obtaining approval from the FLP office, the proposal packet plus the following four documents must be submitted to the faculty leader’s Department Chair and College Dean for signatures. Use this cover letter (pdf) when submitting your forms to your Chair and Dean.  It provides an explanation to what you are requesting them to review, approve, and sign.

  1. FLP Approval Signature Page (pdf) — Grants permission from the faculty’s College and Department for the FLP to occur. Obtain signatures then submit to the FLP Office.
  2. FLP Faculty Leader Agreement (pdf) — Agreement on FLP policies between the faculty leader and CIES. Obtain signatures then submit to the FLP Office.
  3. Class Section Add Form (pdf) — Establishes the FLP course in the SJSU system to create a class and section number. Obtain signatures then submit to the FLP Office.
  4. Instruction Appointment Form (pdf) — Establishes the faculty leader’s compensation for the FLP. Obtain signatures then return directly to Faculty Affairs.

5.  Market Your Program

Don’t forget to market your program to help reach your minimum enrollment—faculty leaders are always the best promoters of their own programs. The FLP Office in coordination with the CIES Marketing and Communications unit can offer some marketing assistance. Once a faculty leader has their core program information and estimated costs ready, the FLP Office can arrange to have the program listed on the FLP website. Any photos or videos the faculty leader would be able to supply would also help in multimedia marketing efforts. CIES Marketing and Communications staff can also help design material specific to individual programs for faculty leaders to distribute to their classes and colleagues.

Depending on the scope of the FLP, faculty leaders should adjust their marketing efforts. If the target is only SJSU students, the faculty leader can selectively advertise to specific groups of students. If the faculty leader would like to open up the FLP to students from other universities or non-students (alumni or general community members), these applicants may also participate by registering with Open University and paying the same fees as SJSU students for the FLP. In this case, marketing could be done on a statewide or national level through listservs or other means.

6. Finalize the Provider Contract

If working with a Study Abroad Provider to help with on-site logistics, review the details of the itinerary, double check the included items, and ask for a final contract to be drawn up. The contract should outline all services, dates, and costs.  Contact Curt Anderson (, CIES Director of Marketing and Communications - Curt will help direct the contract process.

After the faculty leader, provider representative, and FLP Coordinator have reviewed the contract, the faculty leader(s) will sign and pass on the contract to the FLP Coordinator who will obtain the SJSU Contract Analyst signature, make a copy, and send the contract back to the provider representative for the final signature. All parties will retain a copy of the final contract with all signatures.

7. Monitor Student Applications and Deadlines

Keep an eye on student applications as well as deadlines for registration and payments. Students will send their completed application forms to both the faculty leader and the FLP Office. The faculty leader is responsible for reviewing applications and discussing any issues that would prevent an applicant from being accepted into the program with the FLP staff before acceptance emails are sent out. Faculty leaders should also be aware of student application, registration, and payment deadlines

8. Complete Travel Authorization

At least 45 days before the departure date for the program, all faculty leaders must file a Travel Authorization request through Finance Transaction Services (FTS). Please see the CMS guide for Travel Authorization (pdf).