Academic Courses - Exploration Seminars


February 15, 2024, for fall 2024 courses
September 15, 2024, for spring 2025 courses

Program Manager

PIIRS Exploration Seminars are semester-long credit-bearing courses with an international-travel component that typically takes place over fall or spring break.

Call for Proposals: Exploration Seminars

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) is now accepting faculty proposals for Exploration Seminars for the fall and spring semesters of AY25.

Exploration Seminars are regular on-campus seminar courses that incorporate faculty-led international travel. Travel may take place for 7 to 9 days during the corresponding fall or spring break and must be central to the pedagogical mission of the seminar. Funding is available for both existing and new courses, and faculty from all divisions - natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and the arts - are welcome to submit proposals. The maximum enrollment for Exploration Seminars is 15.

Exploration Seminars receive PIIRS financial support. Administrative support is generally provided by the faculty’s home department; in some circumstances, it might be provided by the PIIRS staff. In addition to outlining your intellectual and pedagogical goals, be sure to identify your financial and administrative needs. Preference will be given to courses that align with a PIIRS certificate program (AFS, EPS, REEES, SAS or Translation), Center (CCC or CGI), lab or research community.

Proposals should consist of:

  • Syllabus 
  • Travel Component Rationale (one-two pages)
  • Statement of Experience in Country and Proposed Local Partner (one page)
  • Sample Itinerary in Proposed Country
  • Draft Budget (in consultation with PIIRS)
  • Administrative support

View the current Exploration Seminars.