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.

Faculty offering ICMs will now receive $1,500 in research support, on a pilot basis.

  • ICMs provide an opportunity for the incorporation of 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.
  • 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.


July 1, 2020 for both November and February Reading Week ICMs


The applicant must hold a continuing appointment in the Faculty of 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.

Consultation options:

For consultation and feedback on new ICM ideas, faculty are encouraged to reach out to Nicholas Rule, Acting Vice-Dean Undergraduate at

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

Faculty interested in proposing a project involving Indigenous communities are encouraged to consult with Brenda Wastasecoot, Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies at

Faculty Application Process:

  • Please fill out the application form, adhering to the word limits.
  • Fill out the pre-formatted budget application 
  • Send the completed application form and budget to your Chair/program director for review and approval. If the course being taught is in a different department than where your appointment is, send the proposal to the Chair/program director for the unit that administers the course.
  • Once approved, the Chair/program submits the proposal to by the deadline.
  • The International Opportunities Community adjudicates ICM proposals.

All undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty taking part in Arts & Science-funded international opportunities must meet the U of T Safety Abroad guidelines to participate. Support will be provided by the Professional and International Programs (PIP) office at Woodsworth College to ensure safety abroad requirements are met.

Follow Up:

Upon completion of the ICM, the faculty member will submit a brief report describing the successes and challenges of ICM. In that report, we would welcome any comments, or concerns about the ICM program and suggestions on how to improve it.

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

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.

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 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.

If you have any questions, please email