Program Leader-in-Training (PLIT) Mentorship


Check out Suzette Dohany's advice on what it's like to be a mentee on study abroad: CLICK HERE

This program is designed for full-time faculty who have never led a study abroad program before but who would like to gain experience in order to apply to lead a short-term program with Valencia students in the future. The following outlines the steps to apply and the requirements of program participation. Participants will select a short-term study abroad program to go on the first year as a mentee to learn what is involved in leading a study abroad program the following year. Watch this video on one professor's perspective on what it is like to mentor.


  • Identify a short-term program in which you want to participate.
  • Ask the faculty program leader if they are willing to be your mentor. Here is a list of the PLIT Expectations. Be sure that you both understand the expectations.
  • Once you receive your mentor's approval, complete the Program Leader-in-Training Proposal Form.
  • Get your proposal signed by all parties identified on the form.
  • Submit a scanned copy of the the signed proposal the Campus Dean of Academic Affairs AND the SAGE office (DTC-2) by email by September 1. Late applications may be accepted, but funds may not be available after that date. You do NOT have to complete the Request for International Travel Form.
  • Receive approval from your campus contact.

SELECTION PROCESS: Each campus will determine their own selection criteria and process. The SAGE office should be informed as soon as a candidate is selected. Applicants for this program may be competing with other applicants and faculty exchange program applicants.

FUNDING: Each main campus has been allotted $4000 from the SAGE budget. You may be fully or particially funded for this program depending upon what your campus committee decides. The SAGE office will pay up to a maximum of $3000.

  • Costs that are covered by SAGE: airline tickets, luggage fees (one bag), hotel accommodations (up to 6 nights max), airport/hotel transfers, in-country ground transportation, program registration fees, entrance fees to cultural activities, and medical/trip insurance

  • Costs that are NOT covered by SAGE: meals per diem, airport parking, airline upgrades, entrance fees to cultural or social activities that are not directly related to the internationalized curriculum project, and expenses for incoming participants from the overseas institution

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS: Program participants must: (1) commit to attend the next fall workshops (Study Abroad Program Leader Certificate); (2) submit a final report upon his/her return to the discipline dean and the SAGE office highlighting what you learned as a result of this experience and what your future plans are related to study abroad; and (3) submit a proposal to lead a program within two years.