International & Indigenous Course Module Program (ICM)

International & Indigenous Course Modules (ICMs) provide an opportunity for faculty to take a group of undergraduate students on a Reading Week trip as part of a course. ICMs are designed to enhance students’ classroom learning by applying course content to relevant settings and communities around the globe.

The deadline for submitting an ICM for the 2022-23 academic year is 12 pm (noon) on April 11, 2022.

Program Details

  • ICMs provide an opportunity to incorporate an intensive international or Indigenous experiential module into the framework of an existing undergraduate course.
  • ICMs take place over the November or February Reading Week, but under special circumstances, ICMs can also take place in early May for non-graduating students.
  • 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.
  • The Office of the Dean funds all student travel, accommodation and meals for the ICM, and covers the cost of one faculty member. For details, please review the Financial Responsibilities section.
  • Woodsworth College’s Professional and International Programs (PIP) office can provide support to faculty members with arranging logistical bookings and payments in advance (where possible), as well as ensuring that U of T Safety Abroad requirements are met.
  • Upon completion of the ICM, the faculty member will submit a brief report describing the successes and challenges of ICM. 
  • Faculty may choose to propose parallel ICMs, in which two separate courses with different course instructors participate in a joint-ICM that enriches both courses. For example, an Earth Sciences course and an Anthropology course might elect to go to the same destination and share some common events in support of an interdisciplinary Arts & Science experience.
  • Departments are encouraged to promote multiple-year ICMs proposed by multiple faculty.

ICM Application Process

This section provides a general overview of the ICM application process. For specific dates and deadlines for 2022-23, please refer to Key Dates for 2022-23 ICMs.

Early March – Early April: 

Late April – Early May:

  • Projects are adjudicated by the multi-disciplinary International Opportunities Committee.
  • Faculty members are informed of the status of their ICM application.

Faculty members who hold a continuing undergraduate appointment to the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George) are eligible to participate and will receive $1500 in research support funding. Funds are transferred into the research accounts of participating faculty members. 

For consultation and feedback on new ICM ideas, faculty are encouraged to reach out to Randy Boyagoda, Vice-Dean, Undergraduate at vicedeanundergrad.artsci@utoronto.ca.

Prior to submitting an application, faculty are encouraged to consult with Jennifer Banh, International Programs Coordinator, Professional and International Programs, on proposed budgets and travel plans at j.banh@utoronto.ca.

Faculty interested in proposing a project involving Indigenous communities are encouraged to consult with Brenda Wastasecoot, Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies at brenda.wastasecoot@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 take into consideration that ICM participants may be studying for mid-term exams or assignments for their other courses. ICM participation should not impact students' progress or ability to meet deadlines in their other courses. 

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.

All student participants must be current Arts & Science (St. George) degree undergraduate students in good standing and be enrolled in an academic program at the time the proposed activity takes place. All participants must also be enrolled in the course in which the ICM is embedded. Student eligibility will be verified by the Experiential Learning Coordinator (Research & International). Please note that student numbers and other confidential information should be treated as such and shared only with authorized individuals. 

Depending on the destination, certain vaccinations may be recommended or required in order to enter the country. Participants can check whether there are required and/or recommended vaccinations for a destination on the Government of Canada’s Travel Vaccinations page. We also recommend that participants check with their health care provider as soon as possible regarding vaccinations or other health concerns. Studying abroad is a personal choice, therefore, vaccinations that are required or recommended for travel cannot be funded by the University.

Participants with disabilities can contact Accessibility Services to identify and develop any necessary accommodations in advance of the trip.

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 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. If students need additional support for incidental expenses, please ask them to contact their College Registrar’s Office directly. 

Date Activity
March 10, 2022 ICM Call for Proposals opens
April 11, 2022 (noon) Deadline to submit ICM proposals
April 8 – 15, 2022 Administrative review of ICM proposals by Experiential Learning & Outreach Support (ELOS) and Woodsworth teams; faculty members may be contacted for additional information if required.
April 18 – 27, 2022 ICM proposals are reviewed and adjudicated by the multi-disciplinary International Opportunities Committee, chaired by the Vice-Dean, Undergraduate (or designate).
May 2, 2022 Faculty members informed of the status of their ICM.
May 9, 2022 Revisions due for ICM proposals that received conditional approval.

Additional dates for processes relevant to the Fall and Winter ICMs will be updated in summer.

If you have any questions, please email experientialsupport.artsci@utoronto.ca.