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Sabbaticals and Enrichment

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A sabbatical leave provides faculty with sustained time to do their research and creative activities, develop new courses or programs, acquire new qualifications and skills, and network with colleagues within and outside of the University. The Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program is an example of a sabbatical leave for research purpose.

A sabbatical leave is not granted automatically. Each request for a sabbatical leave must include details such as the nature of the leave, location, scholarly work, and activities. Please visit the following files for further information.

Education Abroad

The College of International Studies (CIS) coordinates several study abroad programs and provides assistance and information to all faculty who are approved to lead OU study abroad programs at OU’s Study Centers or other locations around the world.

OU International Study Centers

Students travel to the Study Centers and take classes taught by OU professors and partner universities while immersing themselves into the culture of their surroundings. There are on-site directors to assist faculty with program development and logistics. Study Centers are in Arezzo, Italy and Puebla, Mexico.

College Sponsored Programs

These programs are led by professors from different OU colleges, and faculty may teach courses within a specific major or general education courses to fulfill degree requirements. These programs are traditionally offered in the summer, but can also go during winter or spring break, and can last from 10 days to 15 weeks. Liaisons within each college have been appointed to assist with program development, forms, registration, and travel approval.

Resources for Faculty and Staff

For more information, visit the Education Abroad website or email with any questions.