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International Course Module (ICM) Program

The International Course Module (ICM) program provide an opportunity for the incorporation of an intensive international experiential module into the framework of existing undergraduate courses. ICMs take place over Reading Week (note that a Fall Reading Week will start in 2017-18), but an ICM can also take place in May for non-graduating students. At all times, travel must be completed prior to granting the final grade for the course.  ICMs are designed to enhance students’ classroom learning through the application of course content to relevant settings and communities around the globe. The Faculty has allocated $150,000 for the program for the 2017-18 academic year.

Faculty members and undergraduate students are invited to submit proposals for an ICM for the 2017-18 academic year. We especially encourage proposals from units or individuals that have not previously submitted applications. Funding is provided for one faculty member and Arts & Science degree students enrolled in the course(s) in which the ICM is proposed, plus possible planning and logistical support. 

Please note changes for this year: In support of International Opportunities, including ICMs, the Dean’s Office is developing integrated logistical support to help with travel bookings, on-site accommodations, and student eligibility and safety abroad procedures.


In addition, faculty applicants can receive funding to offer an ICM for up to three years, contingent on a yearly review.  

Proposal Requirements

Proposals should be submitted using the application form, with the following criteria in mind:

  • The added value the ICM brings to existing courses.
  •  How well the ICM conforms to stated University, Faculty and unit academic and programmatic priorities.
  • How the proposed ICM would enhance student learning.
  • Clear rationale and principles for how the ICM will affect course content, delivery and assessment for both ICM students and those who don’t participate.
  • How the activities and results of the ICM might be shared with the others in the unit and with the broader Arts & Science community.

 Applicants must be faculty with a continuous undergraduate appointment to a St. George department, program or school or current Arts & Science (St. George) degree students in good standing. However, all proposals must include the on-site participation of a faculty member with a continuous undergraduate appointment to the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George).

Proposals have in the past been funded in the range of $8,000 – $25,000 with per student costs ranging from $550 - $1,500.  Many proposals have included matching funding up to 10% of the total requested. For ICMs approved to run for more than one year, continued funding will be contingent on the success of the module as determined by the unit and the Dean’s Office. 

In an effort to provide opportunities to as many students as possible, priority for eligibility in the ICM will be given to students who have not previously received funding from the Faculty of Arts & Science. 

Proposal Submission and Approval Process

Proposals may be submitted by students or continuously appointed faculty members through the unit under which the course is given. Proposals should be first submitted to your department chair, program director or designate for approval. A complete form forwarded from the chair/director/designate will be considered approved by your department or program. 

Approved proposals should be sent via email to fas.internationalprograms@utoronto.ca no later than March 22, 2017.

The International Opportunities Committee, chaired by the Vice-Dean, Undergraduate and International, will adjudicate the competition and make final selections.

Further information

An information session will be held on March 1, 2017 at 3:30 in Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2040.  Please register for this session by sending your name and department/program to fas.internationalprograms@utoronto.ca with "ICM" in the subject line.

Should you have any questions, please contact MP Stevens, Director, International Programs and Partnerships at mp.stevens@utoronto.ca or 416-946-5509