About Faculty-in-Residence

Each quarter, one Stanford professor serves as Faculty-in-Residence in each of the BOSP program locations. These faculty teach classes in their own disciplines, often developing courses that incorporate unique features of the local culture and environment or that provide comparative perspectives on a particular topic.

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BOSP Faculty-in-Residence serve as mentors and role models for students in their exploration of a new environment. As a Stanford faculty member teaching with one of our programs, you can participate in what many students regard as the highlight of their Stanford years. Stanford faculty members find that teaching at one of our overseas programs is a rewarding and memorable experience, and offers the following benefits:

  • Enjoying small classes
  • Getting to know students on a personal basis
  • Participating in field trips
  • Being supported by a strong program staff
  • Making connections with colleagues, libraries, and research projects in the host country

BOSP Faculty-in-Residence are recruited among Stanford faculty from all schools and departments. An appointment typically lasts one quarter, and faculty offer one class plus independent study topics during a term abroad.

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Applications for Faculty-in-Residence apppointment are accepted from any current Stanford faculty member who belongs to the Academic Council. The home department continues to pay the faculty salary during the overseas appointment. Non-tenure track Stanford faculty can be considered occasionally, as can emeriti. Please inquire about your specific circumstances.


Beijing: Autumn/Spring
Berlin: Autumn/Winter/Spring
Cape Town: Winter/Spring/Summer
Florence: Autumn/Winter/Spring
Istanbul: Autumn
Kyoto: Autumn/Spring
Madrid: Autumn/Winter/Spring
Oxford: Autumn/Winter/Spring
Paris: Autumn/Spring
Santiago: Autumn/Spring/Summer


Stanford faculty offer one course plus topics for independent study during their quarter overseas. These offerings may substitute for home-campus teaching; the overseas appointment is not a leave. While faculty need not be experts on the given program site, they should have familiarity with the location and propose courses that are relevant to the local context. We especially welcome courses that make specific use of the local setting by including, for example, visits to archaeological or historical sites, museums, or laboratories. The Program Directors are knowledgeable local resources who can assist in the course development process.

PROGRAM calendars

  • The academic calendar abroad generally follows the Stanford calendar with the same number of weeks of class, but the start and end dates may vary by location.
  • In Spring quarter some programs may finish later than the home campus due to a number of national holidays celebrated at overseas locations.
  • Local holidays are observed;  U.S. holidays are not usually observed.
  • Key Dates are available under each Program section.


  • Faculty-in-Residence are reimbursed for round-trip economy class airfare to the program location for themselves, their partner/spouse, school-age children and other dependent family members who regularly live with them.
  • BOSP provides a fully-furnished apartment in the vicinity of the program center.
  • BOSP and the hosting programs offer a wide range of pre-departure information and on-site support services to Faculty-in-Residence, including assistance in finding suitable schooling for the children.