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International/Indigenous Course Module (ICM) Program

The International/Indigenous Course Module (ICM) program provides an opportunity for the incorporation of an intensive international or Indigenous experiential module into the framework of existing undergraduate courses. ICMs usually take place over the November or February Reading Week, 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.

Faculty members and undergraduate students are invited to submit proposals for an ICM for the 2019-20 academic year. We especially encourage proposals from units or individuals that have not previously submitted applications. Funding is provided for one faculty member and for the Arts & Science (St. George) degree students enrolled in the course(s) in which the ICM is proposed. Support will be provided for ensuring student eligibility and safety abroad requirements are met.

  • Please note: In support of International Opportunities, the Dean’s Office has partnered with the Professional and International Programs (PIP) office at Woodsworth College to provide integrated logistical support. The International Programs Coordinator can assist with booking and arranging for payment, whenever possible, for transportation, accommodation, and venue admission.

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

2019-20 ICM Application Form
Sample Proposals
Instructor Guidelines 

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 (St. George) community.

Applicants must be either teaching- and tenure-stream faculty members with an undergraduate appointment to Arts & Science (St. George) or current Arts & Science (St. George) degree students in good standing. All proposals must include the full participation of a teaching- or tenure-stream faculty member with an undergraduate appointment to Arts & Science (St. George).  It is the expectation of the ICM Program that the faculty member listed on the proposal will both lead the ICM and be the course instructor.

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 per cent of the total requested. We ask that participating students contribute $200.00 each toward the ICM. 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. 

Eligible students must not have already received funding for an Arts & Science international opportunity including 398 REP, ICM, DIIIF or CFHU. (Some exceptions may apply, please inquire for details.)

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 eligibility. A complete form forwarded from the chair/director/designate will be considered eligible by your department or program. 

Eligible proposals should be sent via email to fas.international@utoronto.ca no later than March 22, 2019.

The International Opportunities Committee, chaired by the Acting Vice-Dean, Undergraduate and International, will adjudicate the competition and make final selections. If an ICM proposal is approved, the Dean’s Office will also take care of determining the eligibility of enrolled students.

Further information

If you have any questions, please email: fas.international@utoronto.ca with “ICM” in the subject line.