Study Abroad Intercultural Learning (SAIL) and Intercultural Pedagogy Grants (IPG)

A word from the Dean of International Programs:

July 2018

Study abroad research (Vande Berg et al. 2009) challenges the long-held assumption that exposure to difference alone is sufficient to enhance intercultural competence. Furthermore, research findings also reveal that little positive intercultural development occurs through cross-cultural contact alone without the intentional implementation of intercultural competence goals and appropriate pedagogy. For our study abroad programs here at Purdue this means that sending or accompanying our students abroad is insufficient. We need to do more.  If we truly desire for our students to develop certain intercultural knowledge, skills and/or attitudes then we need to facilitate such learning; otherwise, it will most likely not occur.

With these research findings in mind, International Programs is pleased to offer Study Abroad Intercultural Learning (SAIL) and Intercultural Pedagogy (IPG) grants. SAIL grants are designed to reduce program costs for students while IPG grants facilitate intercultural learning.  We hope that you will choose to apply.

--Dr. Michael A. Brzezinski

SAIL Grant Applications

Application Overview

SAIL applications must be submitted online no later than Friday, September 6, 2019.   In general, SAIL grants will average $6,000-$8,000 with a required matching amount at a 3:1 ratio from the applicant’s department or college/school.

If a proposed study abroad program will be administered by multiple colleges/schools, please submit only one application per program.   Please select the college/school that will be fiscally responsible for the program and submit the application accordingly. If there is a shared responsibility, then please select one International Program Officer (IPO) to approve the application.

Preference for Study Abroad Intercultural Learning (SAIL) grants will be given to faculty/staff who meet two or more of the following criteria:

a) will lead a Summer 2020 study abroad program that is 14 days or longer in length.
b) has successfully completed an Intercultural Pedagogy Grant (IPG) program.
c) has a proven track record of successfully selecting, assessing and reporting on intercultural learning outcomes from a previous study abroad program.
d) is a first time enrollee in the Intercultural Pedagogy Grant (IPG) program. This year’s program will be held during the fall semester. (See below for further details).

Please note that SAIL grants are competitive and limited in number. Meeting criteria does not guarantee a SAIL grant will be awarded.  Notwithstanding listed preferences, Winter Break and Spring Break programs will not be excluded from consideration especially if program leaders have a track record of having successfully selected, assessed and reported on intercultural learning outcomes from a previous study abroad program or if the program leader applies for and successfully completes the IPG program.  SAIL grant decisions will be released on or before October 1st.

Programs that have been awarded a SAIL grant subsidy that do not enroll 10 or more students by March 15th for Summer programs, October 15th for Winter Break programs and December 1st for Spring Break programs, may be subject to a special review supervised by the Dean of International Programs. This review will be conducted to determine if the SAIL grant subsidy should remain as originally awarded or be pro-rated.  In this context the term "enroll" means a student has applied for a program and has also paid a deposit.

For more information, please go to the FAQs.

Intercultural Pedagogy Grant (IPG)

A limited number of IPG grants will be offered to faculty/staff who will lead a Winter Break 2019/20, Spring Break 2020 or Summer 2020 study abroad program and who have not enrolled in IPG in the past.  Time commitment approximates 25 hours total which includes, but is not limited to attending four (4) two hour workshops spread out over the course of the Fall 2019 semester.  (See schedule below).  A $2,000 discretionary award will be granted to participants after they successfully complete all IPG requirements.  To successfully complete requirements participants must: 

  • Attend all four (4) IPG workshops and submit related assignments. Please note that all four workshops are offered on one day, Wednesday, December 4th, for participants who prefer that option.
  • Choose at least one intercultural learning outcome for their program.
  • Embed intentional opportunities for students to engage in reflective, experiential intercultural learning while on the study abroad program.
  • Assess the intercultural learning of students in their program and submit a report that analyzes the learning that occurred.

IPG participants will learn how to choose appropriate intercultural learning outcomes, be introduced to valid and reliable intercultural learning assessment tools, improve their understanding of how to facilitate intercultural learning during a study abroad program, and become aware of options for engaging in scholarship and learning of study abroad.

Intercultural Pedagogy Grant (IPG) Workshops

IPG Workshop #1

Tuesday, Oct 1                            2:00 pm – 4:00 pm            STEW 204             

Wednesday, Oct 2                       2:00 pm – 4:00 pm            STEW 204

Wednesday, Dec 4                      8:00 am – 10:00 am           STEW 311

IPG Workshop #2

Wednesday, Oct 16                     2:00 pm – 4:00 pm            STEW 204

Thursday, Oct 17                         2:00 pm – 4:00 pm            STEW 204

Wednesday, Dec 4                      10:00 am – 12:00 am          STEW 311

IPG Workshop #3

Tuesday, Oct 29                          2:00 pm – 4:00 pm            STEW 311

Wednesday, Oct 30                     2:00 pm – 4:00 pm            STEW 311

Wednesday, Dec 4                      1:00 pm – 3:00 pm            STEW 311

IPG Workshop #4

Wednesday, Nov 13                     2:00 pm – 4:00 pm            STEW 311

Thursday, Nov 14                        2:00 pm – 4:00 pm            STEW 311

Wednesday, Dec 4                      3:00 pm – 5:00 pm            STEW 311

International Programs Officers (IPOs)

Please contact your school/college IPO to request a link to the online SAIL Grant application. An exhaustive contact list can be found here.

Adrienne Albrecht, International Academic Programs Specialist, College of Agriculture-IPIA

Joann Phillion, Associate Professor, College of Education

George Chiu, Assistant Dean of Global Engineering Programs & Partnerships, College of Engineering 

Tom Atkinson, Associate Dean, Graduate School

Liping Cai, Associate Dean of International Programs & Diversity, College of Health and Human Sciences 

Natasha Duncan, Visiting Professor, Honors College

Michael BrzezinskiDeanInternational Programs/Office of the Dean

Brian Harley, International Programs/Office of Study Abroad

Joel Ebarb, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Maria Gabriele, Associate Director for Global Programs--Undergraduate Study Abroad, Krannert School of Management

Ellen Schellhase, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy, IUPUI

Laura Starr, Director for Experiential Learning/Student Success, College of Science

Elizabeth Barajas, Global Programs Coordinator, Purdue Polytechnic Institute

William S. Smith II, PVM International Programs Director, College of Veterinary Medicine





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