Exchange Opportunities for Wesleyan Faculty

The Wesleyan faculty is a vibrant community of teacher-scholars with strong international interests and connections. The Fries Center for Global Studies is prepared to support those interested in developing international exchange agreements that align with their teaching and research needs and that will benefit our students demonstrably in term of their global education. 

Other offices at Wesleyan also support our mission of enabling intercultural dialogue and exchange. The Office of International Student Affairs provides support and guidance on every aspect of international student life at Wesleyan – immigration, cultural, academic, personal, and financial. The International Compensation and Taxation team in the Finance Office provides guidance on financial matters related to the University’s foreign national students, scholars, employees, and visitors.

We outline below the ways in which the Fries Center for Global Students currently supports faculty in this regard. Please click here for more information regarding faculty support, career development, and other grants at Wesleyan University.

  • Establishing an Exchange

    The Fries Center for Global Studies accepts faculty exchange proposals for consideration. The Fries Center for Global Studies Advisory Board reviews all proposals submitted to ensure that they align with the needs of our students and faculty. Pending the Advisory Board's recommendation for implementation, faculty work with the FCGS staff to develop their exchange, finalize the written agreement and proceed with next steps stipulated by the proposal.

    Those interested in developing a student focused exchange should first meet with the Fries Center for Global Studies staff to discuss your interest and to review the proposal's potential viability. In some cases, a formal exchange agreement is required in order to welcome incoming visiting students. Keep in mind that this process can take up to a year to formalize and that faculty are expected to be instrumental in establishing the exchange. They will also be expected to advise interested participants, from both Wesleyan and abroad. To get started, please email the Fries Center for Global Studies to arrange a meeting.

    Faculty interested in creating a faculty-led program, a faculty exchange or a student exchange should first submit a request online. Please click here to access the initial form. The form is accessible to Wesleyan University faculty. To ensure access, please log out of any personal Google accounts and log in through your WesPortal.

  • Social Science in China Press Exchange
    Wesleyan faculty have the opportunity to spend a defined period of time in Beijing, China, for the purpose of advancing their professional and academic interests. For more information click here.
  • University of Bologna Faculty Exchange

    Under the auspices of Wesleyan University's formal exchange agreement with the University of Bologna, interested Wesleyan faculty may spend 1-2 weeks in residence at Italy's oldest and one of its most prestigious institutions. To plan for this experience, faculty should arrange to visit Bologna over the spring break to explore intellectual and pedagogical ties with Italian faculty.

    The University of Bologna sends out its call for applications each year in late October. One professor per semester from one of the three consortia institutions (Vassar College, Wellesley College, and Wesleyan University) may apply to participate, but only if they have already made arrangements for a peer at UniBo to invite them and to complete required paperwork. Typically only one faculty participates per semester.

    Ecco helps to find hosts and provides support in preparing the application, but applicants typically establish their professional relationship with a UniBo professor beforehand. Participants tend to rotate among the three consortia institutions (Vassar College, Wellesley College, and Wesleyan University).

    Please note:

      • Application does not guarantee acceptance
      • The host institution provides lodging
      • The scholar's own university pays for the flight and travel to Bologna
      • Board is not covered by host or home institution

    Interested Wesleyan University faculty should contact: Emily Gorlewski, Associate Director of Study Abroad