Digging Deeper: 20 Unique Ideas for an Immersive Israel Itinerary

There’s always something new to discover in Israel, from archaeological finds to cultural experiences. Here are a few ideas for an in-depth & interactive itinerary. Biblical/Historical In addition to the more well-known sites, there is plenty more to see when it comes to experiencing the lands of the Bible. Consider extending...

Exploring Lands of the Old Testament

Discussions of the Bible lands typically evoke images of Israel & its prominent biblical sites. Yet, its neighbors, Jordan & Egypt, are also steeped in rich Christian history. Tours to these areas can be combined with the Holy Land or Footsteps pilgrimages or stand on their own for a more in-depth study. Biblical...

Proactive Planning Tips for Your Next Program Proposal

You’ve decided the focus of your study abroad program, chosen a destination, and ideas are flowing. Now, how do you keep the momentum going throughout the program development process? We’ve asked three international education program developers to share roadblocks they've faced and how to overcome them. Meet our experts: Dr. Brandon Cromer,...

Tips for Keeping Study Abroad Program Costs Down

Creating a successful study abroad program requires balancing the quality of the students’ experience with affordability. Yes, everyone wants study abroad programs to be accessible to all students, but they also need to truly add value to the students’ education.  What’s the best way to make that happen?  We asked for tips from three international education program...

Creating Authentic Study Abroad Experiences

As program developers, one of our main responsibilities is offering students study abroad experiences that improve their cultural competence. We can do that by providing exposure to a variety of people, areas and/or aspects of the culture, challenging students' to examine preconceived notions, and inviting them to form relationships with local people. But how...

Pros & Cons to Multidisciplinary Study Abroad Programs

As we discussed in our last "Ask the Experts" installment, developing a faculty-led program with a co-leader has a number of advantages. But, is it worth it to consider partnering with a professor from another discipline? Let's talk about it. To discuss best practices from a number of perspectives, we spoke with...

Advice on Student/Faculty Ratios for Short-Term Programs

A common issue that can make a huge difference in the quality of your program is the student-to-faculty ratio. Too many students can lead to safety issues; too few, and you may run into budget challenges (especially if the group leader is traveling for free). We asked the experts to offer their advice on finding the perfect balance. Our three...

Expert Tips for Developing New Faculty-led Program Proposals

In this second installment of our "Ask the Experts" series, we're taking a look at the proposal planning process for short-term study abroad trips. We'll discuss a basic timeline for program development, pre-proposal to-dos, and key topics to discuss with your provider. To offer a well-rounded view of faculty-led program planning best practices, we...

Employee Spotlight: Tyler Favale, Tour Coordinator

If you haven't had a chance to get to know Tyler, we'd like to introduce you! While he has only been a member of the FTI team since 2017, he's quickly learned the ropes and earned himself a spot as a Tour Coordinator. His experience working in international education, as well as his passion for travel, are...

Ask the Experts! Advice for Choosing a Study Abroad Destination

Developing a faculty-led program can be overwhelming. You have a laundry list of steps to take, and the road to planning a program isn’t always a straight one. However, there are numerous resources available, including insights from peers and experts in the field. This is the first installment of our "Ask the Experts"...