Key Considerations and Initial Steps to Designing Your Custom Program With Us

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Ideally, a minimum of 12 - 18 months is best when creating a new customized program, although that can vary depending on how far along you are and what services you need.

  • What type of custom program do you want? Custom programs are initiated by a specific faculty member or academic department. It’s important to know what type of course you would like so that the content and experiences are designed to complement the academic subject matter.
  • Has the intended program leader ran programs abroad before? If the faculty leader of the customized program has never taken a group of students abroad before, It’s important to work with us early in the process so we can have an initial consultation to help prepare that person for the experience.
  • Education abroad offices are key players. The program needs be designed in accordance with home university policies on credit transfer, financial aid, faculty travel, and university oversight. We work with all parties to ensure that the course meets both academic and policy standards.
  • Destination familiarity and education. It helps if the program leader is somewhat familiar with the intended geographic region of the program, but not mandatory. We can both educate you on the destination and provide you with ideas for specific activities, or you can bring your own ideas for us to develop the course around.
  • Talk to our North American custom program partners. You have never put together a short term program in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji, we would be delighted to connect you with one of our current custom design program partners in the U.S., to learn from their experience and the value of working with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad
  • Keeping program costs affordable for your students and institution. Cost is one of the most important considerations with customized programs, and one of the many points of value we bring to you is we will, through the consultation process, help you decide what is most important to include and what you may feel we can adjust to keep the costs affordable. Our team will work with you to make as many revisions as you need to get to the right program at the right cost for your students and institution. 


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To get more information, ask questions and start developing your customized program, contact Steve Luther at, or via toll-free phone in our Colorado headquarters at 800-980-0033, extension 114.