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.  

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.)

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 no later than March 22, 2019.

The International Opportunities Committee, chaired by the Vice-Dean, Undergraduate & 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.

Below are samples of past successfully funded International Course Module proposals. Reviewing these may be of some help when preparing a proposal.

  • Department/Program/Centre: Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
    Course: Enlarging Europe: The European Union and Its Applicants, POL359Y1
    Location: Kosovo

    Students studying the enlargement of and integration of countries into the European Union (EU) with Professor Robert Austin examined firsthand the changes that have taken place since Kosovo's declaration of independence in 2008. The EU has played a significant role in integrating Kosovo into European structures and institutions. Through meetings with politicians, reporters, civil society activists and international officials, students gained a better understanding of the EU's impact on democratizing political life during the post-communist transition, in preparation for eventual membership in the Union.

  • Department/Program/Centre: Linguistics
    Course: Sociolinguistic Patterns, LIN351H1S
    Location: York, England

    Forming part of the Department of Linguistics' gateway course in sociolinguistics, Professor Sali Tagliamonte went with six students to York, England where they engaged in group and individual activities, providing the students with experience and training in fieldwork. Students put into practice the theories and knowledge learned in the classroom in a field-based exploration of a unique dialect, and learned firsthand how to cope with the challenges of social science research in unfamiliar territory.

  • Department/Program/Centre: Earth Sciences
    Courses: Earth Evolution, GLG217H1 & Geodynamics, GLG465H1
    Location: New Zealand

    Geodynamics professor Russell Pysklywec visited New Zealand with 23 students to study geothermal activity and mineralization in the central volcanic region of the North Island, volcanic features related to subduction zones across the Tongariro volcanic complex, and the tectonic regime of the South Island, specifically the relationships between geological features and the Alpine Fault, a major active tectonic plate boundary. Students from an introductory course in the field were paired with students from a senior course, providing an additional peer-based learning experience.

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.

Further Information

If you have any questions, please email with “ICM” in the subject line.