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Faculty Resources & Development

Faculty Resources

Propose a Faculty-Led International Course

The Cronin Office of International Education seeks globally-minded and culturally engaged full-time faculty members to lead a Faculty-Led International Course or Global Business Experience (GBE). These intensive 3-credit courses take place overseas during semester breaks, and typically run for 10-14 days. These courses are a fantastic way to further the global education of Bentley students. Faculty can adapt a current syllabus to include an international component, or create a new course. International Service-Learning course proposals are encouraged. The Cronin Office of International Education and the Bentley Service-Learning Center can support faculty to design a service-learning based international course experience.

To learn more about the proposal process, please click here

Supporting Study Abroad Students

Writing student recommendations in the BentleyAbroad application system

As part of the application process for study abroad programs, students must request a recommendation from a faculty member. We appreciate faculty support in this process, as the recommendation is a vital part of our application review. Faculty references may also be sent to our partner universities and affiliate programs as an application component.

Helpful tips for completing recommendations:

  • Faculty will receive an automatic email when the student initiates the recommendation request in the BentleyAbroad system. Follow the link and use the Recommendation ID provided in the email. It’s helpful to copy and paste the Recommendation ID.
  • Faculty may write one comprehensive recommendation instead of answering the individual questions. Please write the letter in the last recommendation question and answer "see below" in all previous questions.
  • Faculty have the option of logging in to BentleyAbroad with their Bentley credentials to access all pending recommendation requests, and view completed recommendations.
  • Please submit electronic recommendations unless a program specifically requests a hard copy letter. This allows us to have the information stored in our system, as well as the ability to submit the recommendation electronically to our partners.  Please note that in some rare instances a student may have access to their recommendation later in the study abroad process after acceptance decisions have been made if their program requires paper submissions of student records.

Approving courses at institutions abroad

When students wish to take courses at our partner/affiliate institutions, a department at Bentley must approve the course in order to grant credit. We have created a guide to help departments through the process of approving courses from abroad.

Faculty Development

International Citizens Group Faculty Development Fund

Full-time Bentley faculty members are encouraged to contact the Cronin Office of International Education to apply for funding to participate in international development opportunities.

This award is provided by the generosity of Joe Cronin, Sr., the fifth President of Bentley University, and Joe Cronin, Jr., MBA ’94, the President of the International Citizens Group. Joe Cronin, Sr. was a champion of internationalism, doubling the number of international students enrolled during his tenure. Bentley’s Cronin Office of International Education is named in his honor. The International Citizens Group is a specialized international health insurance agency offering world class insurance plans to those living and traveling around the world. Joe Cronin, Jr. is a BC High, Georgetown University, and Bentley University graduate who lives in Hingham, MA with his wife and three children. He ranks his Bentley led study abroad trip to Japan as one of his most powerful educational experiences. 


Workshop on International Skills Enhancement and Conference (WISE)

WISE is the premier conference for faculty leaders, program coordinators, and administrators to develop the knowledge and skills needed to help students advance their intercultural skills and awareness during their abroad experiences. Please visit the WISE conference website to learn more. The Cronin Office of International Education encourages full-time Bentley faculty members to consider proposing a conference session, or to attend the conference. Some funding is available to defray conference costs.

CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars

With a variety of disciplines to choose from, International Faculty Development Seminars provide innovative approaches to learning as well as opportunities for internationalized curricula, all within collaborative settings at locations that are linked to academic content. Faculty are encouraged to review the CIEE seminar information page to learn more.

IES Abroad Consortium

IES Abroad Faculty Development Opportunities are designed to bring together U.S. faculty, international faculty, and local experts for an intellectual exchange of ideas.

Carnegie African Diaspora Program (CADFP)

The CADFP offers short-term fellowships to African-born academics residing in the United States and Canada. Selected Fellows collaborate with African universities on projects of 14-90 days in the areas of curriculum co-development, graduate student teaching/mentoring and research. Projects are completed in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Scholars who meet all eligibility requirements can sign up to be on the roster of qualified academics. Scholar applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To learn more, please visit the program website and/or email program staff.

Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program (GDFP)

Similar to the CADFP, the GDFP is a short-term faculty exchange program for Greek-born academics residing in the United States and Canada. Fellows have the opportunity to engage with Greek universities for one project visit of 14-60 days. Activities for this program are curriculum co-development, graduate student teaching/mentoring and research. We are always accepting scholar applications to our roster of qualified academics. To learn more, please visit the program website and/or contact program staff.


Please contact Christine Hollenhorst in the Cronin Office of International Education with any questions.