ICM Instructor Guidelines

Below please find guidelines for working with students participating in an international course module (ICM). Should you have any questions, please email fas.international@utoronto.ca

Student Recruitment

Please make clear in publicizing this opportunity to your students that ICMs are an ideal way to provide international experiences for students who might not otherwise be able to participate in one due to financial, time or other constraints.

ICMs normally take place over the Fall or Winter Reading Week. In recruiting students and planning your module, please be aware that ICM participants may be studying for mid-term exams or other assignments for their other courses. ICM participation should not impact students' progress or ability to meet deadlines in their other courses, so please take this into consideration when planning your module activities.

Due to limited funding, priority should be given to students who have not received funding from the Faculty for an international experience (this includes ICMs, 398 Research Excursions, and the Dean's International/Indigenous Initiatives Fund). You will be notified if there are any such students identified in your ICM. For this reason, students who have received previous funding and play an active role in the development of a proposal cannot be guaranteed a place in an ICM.

Recommend that participants check with their health care provider as soon as possible regarding vaccinations or other health concerns. Please note that vaccinations are a personal choice and therefore cannot be required or funded by the University.

Recommend that participants with disabilities contact Accessibility Services to identify and develop any necessary accommodations as soon as possible.

Student Financial Responsibilities

ICM budgets normally cover the balance of travel, accommodation and meal expenses for the accepted number of students and one faculty member, taking into account any contributions from other sources outlined in the proposal and recommendations made by the review committee.  ICM funding may also include additional funding to cover support for planning and logistics for the ICM prior to and during the module for such things as planning, on-site arrangements and hosting, travel for an additional instructor or other administrative needs.

We ask that participating students to contribute $200.00 each toward the ICM. These contributions can come from group fundraising initiatives. 

Some colleges may be able to provide support for ICM participants for incidental or out-of-pocket expenses, based on need. After proposals are accepted, colleges can only support individual students, not program costs. Colleges are notified of their students participating in an ICM. If students need additional support for incidental expenses please ask them to contact their college registrar’s office directly.

Please also be reminded that student numbers and other confidential information should be treated as such and shared only with authorized individuals.