Custom Programs are those signature programs that Experiential Global Learning, UConn faculty and staff, and our contractors abroad facilitate directly. On these programs, students take classes or participate in credit-bearing experiential learning opportunities and live with other students who participate.
Experiential Global Learning works with faculty and contractors to design every element of a program, from particular courses to housing options and relevant activities. Faculty or staff may propose formally any new program (Faculty-Led, Exchange, or Affiliated) through Experiential Global Learning.
Although all Custom Programs involve third-party contractors, they may take one of two collaborative models:
- Faculty-Led Programs: The Program Leader, usually a faculty or staff member, works with Experiential Global Learning and a third-party contractor to organize a the program based on the Program Leader’s specifications. Leaders travel with students through programs that typically occur over breaks, winter, or summer.
- Affiliated Programs: Faculty or staff members work with Experiential Global Learning to design customized courses or credit-bearing experiential programming with a third-party contractor. UConn faculty or staff do not travel with students for the duration of the program, although they may travel for a short period before, during, or after the program to guide and support students.