Budget Information

What to Include in a Budget for a Travel Course

Regardless of the number of students you plan to take, you must calculate your budget assuming 10 students will travel for a 1 TCU class.  If you have two instructors each hoping to get a TCU, you should submit two numbers:  a budget for 10 students and a budget for 20 students.  Your budget must include all course expenses, including, but not limited to

  • airfare
  • ground transportation
  • lodging
  • admissions
  • any meals taken as a group
  • visas
  • local guides
  • fees for meeting rooms
  • guest speakers
  • cell phone rentals (international travel only)
  • all expenses for two adults (instructor + program assistant)
  • $100 per student administrative fee
  • $50 per student course emergency fee

When proposing a new or substantially revised IL course, instructors present an approximate budget of anticipated expenses.  During the summer preceding the May term in which the course will be taught, instructors submit a revised budget to the Office of International Education by June 30. The budget figures should be firm.  This budget determines the course fee that will be advertised to students during registration. 

For international travel courses, the International Education Office will provide an allowed per diem amount based on the location of travel that can be used in budgeting.  For domestic travel courses, faculty need to make their best estimate of the likely costs of faculty meals.  Per diems are not allowed for domestic travel.  Faculty will need to present receipts for all expenses, which should conform with general college policies on allowed expenses.

Instructors should ask the college library to purchase desired books and media.  These should not be included in trip budgets.

IL can help defray the cost of advance planning trips for IL travel courses and for IL campus courses with field trips, in amounts up to a maximum of $1800 for international courses and up to $900 for domestic courses. Advance planning trips must take place within the year preceding the scheduled IL May term and after the course has been approved by the faculty.  Note that exploratory travel grants typically do not cover the entire costs of such trips.  Instructors needing additional funding to plan IL courses should apply for an FDC grant.


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