Undergraduates who are eligible for student teaching can now spend nine weeks of their experience at the University of Brighton in Eastbourne, England. Students can earn up to six credit hours in place of Elementary Education 399.50 - Student Teaching or Early Childhood Education 300.54 - Student Teaching. Students will stay with host families. Eastbourne is about 125 miles from London and very close to the seaside.
In this 6-week summer program, students will study bilingual education, take a conversational Spanish class, and learn about the local culture, language, and educational system. Students will be placed in a bilingual school for clinical observations (20 clock hours). Cultural experiences will be arranged each Friday. And for a full-immersion experience, there will be excursions to the Panama Canal, Casco Viejo Presidential Palace, and Metropolitan Park Rainforest. This program is open to bilingual education majors / minors, and/or ESL endorsement majors / minors who are proficient in Spanish.
Come learn how the formerly-soviet country of Russia is developing their system of education to include students with disabilities. This unique view into a fairly “young” system of special education will be eye-opening and offer the opportunity to learn with and from students at Vladimir State University in Vladimir, Russia (sister-city of Bloomington/Normal, IL) through classroom observations, lectures, and discussions with local faculty and students. Students will live with host families and get first-hand experience with Russian culture while also having the chance to explore the beautiful capital city of Moscow. This 10-day trip is open to all education majors and includes educational and cultural excursions.
Spend four weeks in Milan, Italy completing clinical observations at the American School of Milan, an international K – 12 school educating students from 50 different countries that speak over 30 different languages. ISU students will learn about ESL and child development across the K – 12 system, speak to international teachers regarding their experiences abroad, and travel throughout Italy, including trips to Florence and Lake Como. Students will earn credit for TCH 210 and TCH 110. Courses are taught in English, and there is no Italian language requirement for this program.
A 15 day study abroad program at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. Students will be on campus for Spanish Language and Culture Classes and Discussion Groups with ISU professors and UNA students. Students will visit seven diverse school settings, gaining a total of 40 observation hours. Educational and cultural field trips include Monteverde Institute, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Manuel Antonio National Park, active volcanos, a coffee plantation, and a local family fiesta. Students will stay with local host families. There is no language requirement for this program.
Study the Irish education system with a special focus on special education for students with disabilities through multiple, diverse school visits in and around Dublin, Ireland, the city of James Joyce, Bram Stoker, U2, and Trinity College. Students will earn up to six Illinois State University course credits and diverse clinical experience hours. Students live in apartments on the CEA Global Campus, Dublin, during the program, which runs every summer from beginning of May to the end of May. Directed by College of Education faculty, the trip provides opportunities for educational excursions to locations such as Belfast, the Giants Causway, Galway, and the Cliffs of Moher, and meetings with special education advocacy groups and service providers. The program is open to all education majors.
Both undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to spend 4 weeks over the summer studying abroad at Hokkaido University of Education in Asahikawa, Japan. Preference for entrance into this program is given to education majors; however it is open to all majors. While living with host families who live in the Daisetsu Mountains region, students can earn up to six hours of class credit and participate in diverse clinical experiences. Students will be exposed to beginning level Japanese language courses, have the opportunity to observe Japanese schools, and visit cultural centers. Asahikawa, Hokkaido is centrally located on the northern island of Japan and is about 50 miles from seaside. Host families will provide students with breakfast and dinner while students will be responsible for their own lunches. No prior knowledge of Japanese required.
Spend four weeks in Spain at the Universidad de Alcala at the Instituto Franklin, where students will attend lectures, visit local schools, and take educational field trips. ISU faculty will be teaching on site. Students will study Spanish culture, and can earn up to 25 clinical hours. This program is designed for all teacher education majors, including Bilingual Education Majors. There is no Spanish language requirement, but opportunities to be immersed in the language are available. Students live with host families, and there are several cultural activities included in the cost: guided visits to Madrid, Toledo, and other surrounding areas, and a visit to the Royal Palace and other historical sites.
The three-week study abroad program at the University of Brighton is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in being introduced to the British education system while earning credit towards their degree from Illinois State. Students will attend lectures, visit schools, and take educational field trips to places including London, Beachy Head, and Alfriston, while staying in the University's apartment-style residence halls. Up to six credit hours can be earned, and students can participate in diverse clinical experience hours. Brighton is located about 125 miles from London and very close to the seaside. Learn more about the Brighton experience by viewing a short video. ISU faculty will accompany students for the first week.
The four-week May-June study abroad program at the University of Taipei is open to all undergraduate teacher education students with opportunities to involve them in intercultural dialogues and learning about the education system, cultural and social aspects, and the political system of the host country. Students will visit schools and learn about the language and culture. Students will participate in activities that will count towards their clinical experience hours.