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person or people who teach postsecondary (3.37) courses (3.5)

  • Note 1 to entry: Faculty members may include all types of professors and instructors, regardless of tenure or type of contract.

Faculty Advisor

(or Academic Advisor) – A faculty or academic affairs staff member with whom students meet to discuss their academic programs and career or life goals. An adviser helps students plan a course of study and makes suggestions for program planning. Students also consult their advisers with questions regarding how credits earned abroad fit with their academic plan. Faculty advisers may also teach classes and conduct academic research.

Faculty Program Director

A university faculty member appointed to lead an education abroad program. The individual’s on-campus roles may include program development, advising, recruitment, admission, orientation, and advocacy. Faculty program directors may be called on to assume a range of important overseas responsibilities in the areas of administration, logistics, finances, and academics.

Faculty-Led Program

(or Faculty-Directed Program) – A study abroad program directed by a faculty member (or members) from the home campus who accompanies students abroad. Usually, though not always, brief in duration.


(or Free Application for Federal Student Aid) – An application that students (and often their parents) must complete before every school year in order to be considered for student financial aid.

Familiarization Tour

(or Familiarization Visit) – A structured visit to one or more education abroad program site(s) designed to introduce faculty and/or education abroad professionals to the operational, academic and co-curricular elements of the programs and to the cultural, social, and/or political contexts in which they operate.

Federal Student Aid

Financial aid emanating from programs administered by the U.S. government (Pell grants, campus-based aid, Stafford loans, and PLUS loans).


(or Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) – U.S. federal government law that outlines privacy rules for student educational records. It specifies what information and under what conditions schools may release information from a student’s educational record. It also outlines the conditions under which parents have the right to access their children’s education records and what rights students have regarding their records. It affords parents the right to have access to their children’s education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the records. When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student, with some exceptions in practice, such as students claimed by either parent as a dependent for tax purposes.

Field Study

Structured learning outside the classroom. Includes such experiences as internships, service-learning projects, field trips and excursions, nature observation and research, small-team field assignments, and individual research projects.

Field Study Program

A study abroad program type whose pedagogy revolves around experiential study outside the classroom setting. Examples include field research programs, internship programs, service-learning programs, archaeological field schools, and field biology programs.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance provided to a student to cover, in whole or in part, the costs of participating in an academic program. The funds may be in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, or work-study awards. Sources of financial aid include: federal and state governments; institutions of higher education; foundations; ethnic groups, clubs, and religious groups; banks; and private and public corporations.

First Generation College Student

A student whose parents never enrolled in post-secondary education (U.S. government’s definition) or whose parents did not obtain a college or university degree (definition used by some institutions).

Focus Group

A facilitated conversation between an objective researcher or moderator and a group of people who have been solicited to provide feedback on a particular topic or area that a researcher is studying. Focus groups give researchers qualitative feedback on the topics chosen for discussion. In a focus group, there is realtime interaction between group members and the researcher or moderator, which allows for clarification of ideas and the development of thoughts. However, since the information is not collected from a random sample of individuals, focus group data cannot be extrapolated to reflect the thoughts of the larger group being studied.