International Field Experience

About the Program

The International Field Experience course will encourage students primarily enrolled in the Education program to consider the purpose and foundations of education in the U.S., their role as global citizens in the profession of education, and how traditional education occurs by providing a context for comparison through international travels to different countries.

Students will enroll in a spring pre-trip course, then travel to different countries every year at the end of the spring semester for a two-week period. They will visit classrooms of various educational levels and disciplines (e.g., Kindergarten education, elementary education, secondary education, science education etc.) and evaluate policy and instructional methods while building a deeper understanding of how education in the United States differs from (and is similar to) that of other parts of the world.

The itinerary for the course will include visits to several schools across several cities in the country. To maximize learning with consideration to the social structure of the country, students will be housed in private homes to the fullest extent possible. Such accommodations are intended to enrich the experience in terms of cultural insight that can be gleaned through private conversations with families and to reduce costs.


Germany - 2012

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Application Deadline - December 15.