SOE Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Opportunities: Spring 2020

Posted on September 27, 2019

The UNC Greensboro School of Education is offering four different faculty-led study abroad programs in Spring 2020! View the details below and mark the application deadlines in your calendars.

Finland Study Abroad

UNCG Education Internship in Finland (Faculty-Led)
Dates: March 17 – April 6, 2020
Location: Oulu, Finland
Application Deadline: October 11, 2019
Program Cost: $1,600

Open to students enrolled in the Intern II Seminar course, this program offers a two week internship with supervising teachers in the English-speaking Oulu International School in Finland. The purpose of this course is for education students who are completing their teaching internship to have an international experience in a school system that is both familiar to and different from their student teaching placement in the US. Throughout the Spring 2020 semester, students will be expected to compare the time they spend in their US internships, with their successes and issues, with the time they spend in the Finnish system, which has drawn international attention as an exemplary educational model. Students and instructors will meet for several required sessions prior to traveling to Finland. Learn more.

Shanghai China study abroad

Deaf Education: Global Service-Learning (Faculty-Led)
Dates: May 10 – 30, 2020
Location: Shanghai, China
Program Cost: $2,650
Application Deadline: November 15, 2019

Although separated by lands and seas, and beholden of different languages (signed, spoken, and written), deaf people from around the world have a connection as belonging to one larger, global community, supporting each other, advocating for rights, and naturally, looking to share information especially as it relates to education of deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) children and youth. Since the 1600s, and more formally since the 1700s, the discussion (and at times, argument) of how best to educate DHH students has flourished.

Over the centuries, the discussion has involved Deaf and hearing professionals in the field of Deaf Education visiting “foreign lands” to share and exchange information, language, and culture, and to learn new educational approaches, returning “home” with renewed energy and forward thinking, while also strengthening the bonds of the global deaf community. In designing this program, Dr. Pagliaro and Ms. Allen want the pre-service teachers to open their minds to encompass any ‘kid’ with whom they will come in contact, and to understand the interdependency that their future DHH students have with others like them. Learn more.

peru study abroad

Decolonizing Approaches to Education and Research: Centering Relationships in Collaborations (Faculty-Led)
June 28 – July 25, 2020
Location: Lima and Cusco, Peru
Application Deadline: November 15, 2019
Program Cost: $3,000

Peru is an ancestral home to the Inca empire, and Peruvian and Andean heritage is connected with many civilizations such as the Chavin, Wari, Lima, and Moche peoples. Beginning in the 1530s, soldiers and colonizers from Spain began to take control of lands and resources. Their actions resulted in a massive amount of deaths in Peru of Indigenous groups due to violence and disease. In 1821, Peru gained independence from Spain. Today Peru is a diverse country that is home to speakers of 46 Indigenous languages including Quechua and Aymara, but many aspects of colonization have remained in place. Learn more.

Experiencing China (Faculty-Led)
Dates: May 10 – 30, 2020
Location: Shanghai, China
Application Deadline: December 12, 2019
Program Cost: ~$1,942 + Flight & Visa Cost
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Experiencing China is designed for juniors, seniors or graduate students who are interested in exploring Shanghai, China through school visits, cultural site visits, and authentic interactions with Chinese faculty and students. Learn more.

Program activities include: 
• Phase I: mandatory pre-departure sessions at UNCG 
• Phase II: 3-week short-term program in China (including seminars and field experiences) during May 10 – 30, 2020
• Phase III: follow-up reflections

Additionally, the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Health and Sciences (HHS) at UNC Greensboro is offering the following faculty-led study abroad program:

cork ireland

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) in Physical Activity and Health Settings (Faculty-Led)
 May 17 – June 10, 2020
Location: Cork, Ireland
Application Deadline: November 15, 2019
Program Cost: $4,000

Learn appropriate skills and methods to use positive communication to conduct community based research, while helping to solve an important community problem related to health and physical activity in an Irish context. Community collaboration opportunities may include working with:  a homeless shelter, a community based dining room, the Irish Heart Foundation, different sports coaches, and in local primary schools. While in Ireland, students will take day trips to Kinsale, Blarney Castle, Spike Island, and Cork City, with a weekend excursion to Belfast in Northern Ireland, UK. Learn more.

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