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Learning Abroad in Elementary Education Foundations

“Cultural competence has become a critical component to enhance a teacher's ability to connect with their students.”
—Tom Pederstuen, Director of Human Resources, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District

Study Abroad Process

This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the Elementary Education Foundations program before beginning your study abroad research.  In order to take courses in your Elementary Education Foundations major you will need to plan ahead with your adviser.

Elementary Education Foundation Program Guidelines

When to go abroad

Fulfilling program requirements

Liberal education requirements

Some desired learning outcomes

As you consider your academic and career plans, think about ways in which study abroad can add to your skills and experiences.

Map your academic plan with your CEHD Student Services advisers

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Kenya

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Program focuses on international development in the context of Kenya through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship in the latter half
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more

Senegal

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Program focuses on international development in the context of Senegal through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship in the latter half
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more

South Africa

CIEE South Africa- service-learning

  • Explore South Africa through service-learning in a school or education-related organization
  • Includes language study (Afrikaans or isiXhosa), social research methodology, African studies, and an independent research project in addition to the service-learning placement

SIT South Africa- Education & Social Change

  • Explore the history of education in South Africa and the role it played in apartheid as well as its importance in transforming the country in the post-apartheid era
  • Incorporates classroom learning, practicum and observation experiences in rural and urban settings, and educational excursions

Americas

Costa Rica

Universidad Nacional de Heredia, Costa Rica (available through IFSA-Butler Costa Rica)

  • Offers students the opportunity to take integrated courses in a variety of areas
  • Students may also pair up with Costa Rican students to volunteer at a local primary school every week

Ecuador

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

  • Program focuses on international development in the context of Ecuador through coursework in the first half of the semester and an internship in the latter half
  • Past internship placements include social work agencies, youth projects, women’s groups, orphanages, health clinics, community centers, and many more

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Flinders University (available through IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • University is tied to community involvement and has many partnerships around the world

 Griffith University at Gold Coast (available through Arcadia Australia and IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • Pursues a wide variety of research opportunities and strives to further internationalization

 University of Wollongong (available through Arcadia

  • A highly respected university with international students making up 30 percent of the student population. It was named University of the Year two times in a row for its research efforts and consistent graduate success

Study & Intern in Sydney

  • Gain hands on experience through an internship in a school
  • Semester students take classes in anthropology, business, cinema, communications, sociology, and other subjects
  • Summer students are offered a full-time internship placement for six credits

Thailand 

MSID - International Development in Thailand

  • Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Explore the complexities created by issues such as environment, globalization, public health, and social justice
  • English students can focus on the Education & Literacy or the Arts & Cultural Studies (includes Literature) track.
  • Contribute through an internship or research project with a nonprofit organization
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai required

Europe

Denmark

Study Abroad in Denmark

  • Examine Danish approaches to child development and education
  • Combines theory with a supervised practicum experience in a day care center, early education institution or after school program
  • Summer program offers 3, 6, or 10 week programs with courses such as Children with Special Needs, Children in a Multicultural Context, and Cross-cultural psychology

France

Teaching Practicum in France

  • Complete your teaching practicum at a French elementary school with kids learning English
  • Earn credit for CI 3211 and 3212 (Intro to Teaching and Teaching Practicum), as well as EPSY 3119 (Learning, Cognition, and Assessment)
  • Begin or continue your study of French in the French for Educators course
  • Additional information about the program including videos of student experiences

Spain

Study & Intern in Toledo

  • Excellent program for students also completing a Spanish minor with upper division Spanish courses as well as courses on the history and culture of Spain
  • Service-learning course with a focus on the immigrant experience in Spain
  • Internship course with past placements at social service, organizations, the Toledo Regional Parliament, and with government programs that work with teenagers

Sweden

Linnaeus University (U of M-Duluth)

  • Offers a number of special programs taught in English, including a program entitled, Teacher Education: Global and Intercultural Perspectives
  • Program begins with an introduction to Swedish traditions, history, and language, and the Swedish school system
  • Compare educational systems with students from other countries through a mixture of school visits, lectures, discussions, and a written project

United Kingdom

Study & Intern in London

  • With an internship in an urban school you will have the opportunity to interact with students as a classroom assistant and receive guidance from the local teachers
  • Semester students take classes in history, literature, theatre, economics and many other subjects
  • Service-learning course also offered

 University of Leeds (available through IFSA-Butler England)

  • One the largest and most well-respected universities in the UK. It is also one of the most popular universities in the country

 Middlesex University (available through IFSA-Butler England)

  • Has a very high international profile, with partner universities all over the world and the largest number of international students in the UK

 University College London (available through Arcadia England and IFSA-Butler England)

  • Has a long tradition of academic excellence and international student acceptance and is the largest college in the University of London system

Additional Options to Consider

Intensive Language Programs
  • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor
  • Complete a semester of language on a short-term program or explore options to complete two or more semesters of language on semester long program

Global Seminars

  • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over Winter Break or May Session
  • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit
  • Explore an exciting location and topic! Check out this year's offerings!

Freshman Seminars

  • Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break
  • Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and most fulfill a liberal education requirement
  • Seminars are designed specifically for first year students as an introduction to study abroad

Winter Break, May Session and Summer Programs

  • Short term programs may be an ideal match for elementary education students
  • Choose from programs around the world to complete major electives, learn a language, or fulfill liberal education requirements

Work, Intern, and Volunteer (WIV) Abroad Programs (non-credit)

  • An alternative or complement to study abroad
  • Explore new interests or gain experience related to your field of study
  • Consider paid and unpaid opportunities offered throughout the year at locations around the globe

Student Experiences

Liz S. taught English
Liz spent a year in Dakar, Senegal, where she studied and taught English classes at a local school. Her experience reinforced her commitment to teaching, and allowed her to gain professional experience in a new cultural context.

Teaching Practicum in France

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.