2019 Study Tour to the USA

2019 Study Tour

The 2019 Study Tour is heading to Washington, DC. In the current political and economical context, an immersive experience in the world of American academic institutions would represent a fantastic learning opportunity for any HE administrator.

The Study Tour Co-ordinator is Sophia Harding, Educational Partnerships Manager at De Montfort University. We are working with Sophia on a two week schedule, starting 13 May 2019, that could also include a visit to New York, and conclude in time for you to attend the NAFSA Conference on 26 May 2019.

The plan is to structure the Tour around three main themes, which will be agreed upon by all participants, but provisionally they are:

  1. Student expectations, experience and success
  2. Research and Teaching
  3. Funding HE

Interested? The deadline for applications is 10 August 2018.

There are nine places available and we have five participant travel bursaries of £500 to support your participation.

What you can expect

Sophia will lead arrangements for visiting the host institutions, arrange accommodation and provide you with information on travel possibilities. You will be given a rendezvous location in the USA and will be responsible for making you own travel arrangements.

What you’ll need to do

It is important that you can commit to the Tour by arranging:

  • Funding to meet the cost of taking part.  If you are successful in securing one of the awards you will need to secure your own funding to meet the remaining costs of taking part.  Previous participants have benefited from funds from their home institutions as well as some personal contributions)
  • Time off from work
  • All the necessary travel documents and visas as well as health and other insurances
  • Your own travel arrangements 


Who should apply?
  • We encourage applications from all levels of seniority to maximise the opportunities for professional development and sharing knowledge
  • To take part you must be a member of the AUA.  If you are not already a member you will be required to join before the Tour starts
  • A maximum of five participants will receive a travel award. When making the travel awards, attention will be given to creating a diverse and representative group
How to apply?

Applications will be considered by the Study Tour Co-ordinator and two senior members of the AUA Team.  Send a full CV and a covering letter, to include a statement of interest.

Your application must address:

  • How your previous experience makes you suitable for investigating an aspect of higher education in the USA, together with your thoughts on the proposed themes/topics for the tour
  • How you can help ensure that the findings are disseminated within the sector on your return
  • What personal benefits you expect to gain from taking part
  • What support is available from your home institution

You will not be interviewed, so please ensure that your application includes all the relevant information.

Send your informal questions to Sophia Harding, the Tour Coordinator, or to the AUA Office.

Apply now

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