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Study Abroad Committee at the University of Colorado Boulder

The Study Abroad Committee (SAC) oversees academic policy on all study abroad programs sponsored or approved by the University of Colorado Boulder and is responsible for approval of study abroad programs for academic recognition by the institution and its constituent Schools and Colleges.

The Study Abroad Committee is composed of at least twelve voting members of the University of Colorado Boulder faculty, appointed by the Deans of the Schools and Colleges, and one voting student, appointed by the sitting committee from among the students who participated on an approved CU-Boulder study abroad program in the previous year. New members shall be appointed by the appropriate Dean when an existing member’s term is complete. Members’ term of service is four years and may be renewed once, at the discretion of the appropriate Dean. All Committee meetings are open to interested faculty, staff, or students to attend without vote.

SAC Current Members

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SAC Mission and Goals

The Study Abroad Committee [SAC] is a faculty body appointed by the deans of the colleges and schools. It is responsible for setting academic policy on all study abroad programs sponsored or approved by the University of Colorado Boulder, and is responsible for approval of study abroad programs for academic recognition by the institution and its constituent schools and colleges. Study Abroad Programs [SAP], a division of the Office of International Education, is responsible for the management of the study abroad programs so recognized, and for carrying out the academic policy established by the Study Abroad Committee. In addition, SAP is responsible for maintaining and disseminating information on a broad range of study opportunities overseas. The SAC and SAP work in close coordination.

Both groups are mindful that the objectives students wish to pursue in study abroad programs are diverse. Students of the professional colleges may be more interested in practical experience than traditional literary and historical emphases; many students may wish to participate in a broad range of experience in the foreign setting such as research or academic programs in the arts or the sciences. We recognize that such varied needs and desires require a broad definition of the mission of Study Abroad Programs to allow students to pursue goals in addition to traditional language and culture study. In that spirit, we are committed to making a wide range of programs available through which students may pursue those goals.

In the planning and operation of the programs, we therefore adopt the following as our goals:

  1. Maintain a high academic standard for all programs recognized as University of Colorado Boulder study abroad programs.
  2. Encourage more students to have a study abroad experience by reducing institutional barriers, by assuring the articulation of programs abroad with degree requirements here, and by maintaining the financial accessibility of study abroad opportunities for most students.
  3. Strive for diversity of study abroad programs in their geographical locations, in their disciplinary emphases, in the levels to which they are targeted, in their kinds of offerings from traditional integrated academic programs to experiential learning situations, and in the length of time abroad.
  4. Strive for gender, disciplinary, and ethnic diversity among the students who study abroad.
  5. Maintain a core of study abroad programs administered by the University of Colorado Boulder, and operate a limited number of reciprocal exchanges.

Adopted, 17 October 1995
Ratified, Council of Deans, 28 November 1995