Study Abroad

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Study Abroad
Studying abroad can enrich your professional opportunities, language and communication skills, and view of the global community.

Planning Your Time Abroad

Consult with a study abroad advisor and your College of Education advisor to discuss costs, staying on track to graduate, the best time to apply, and to determine how study abroad credit can be applied to your degree. Note: Those pursuing teacher certification may have some timeline limitations. Plan ahead and talk with a study abroad advisor early.

How to Pay for Study Abroad

Funding in the form of financial aid and scholarships is available from the university.​ Tip: Start saving early for initial expenses including passports and plane tickets.

More information on College of Education opportunities and other programs is available on Texas Global Education Abroad.

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Faculty-led Programs

Socially Responsible and Ethical Student Leadership, San Joaquin de Flores, Costa Rica

This is a discussion-based seminar and experiential study abroad course designed to develop student leaders who are ready to engage and initiate social change. The Spring and May course will provide specific emphasis on global leadership issues in the context of socially responsible and ethical leadership. Class presentations and discussions will address the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills associated with strong leadership. At the conclusion of this course, students will arrive at a personal definition of social and ethical leadership. Focus will include understanding group values and dynamics, positive interactions with others, cross-cultural communication styles, interpersonal dynamics and a code of professional ethics that promote public good.

Dates: Maymester 2021 (late May to mid-June)

Faculty: Aileen Bumphus

Course: ALD 379 - Socially Responsible and Ethical Student Leadership

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Sport, Society, and the International Olympic Movement, Copenhagen, Denmark

This course builds on excursions to Danish Olympic and National Sport Organizations to illustrate the ideals behind the International Olympic Movement. The first half of the course will focus on sport law, national sport policy, and how international perspectives differ from those in the United States. The second half will focus on the psychology of sport, specifically youth sport and ways in which youth experiences support and often undermine the Olympic ideals for sport. We also will explore the distinct culture of the city through tours by bike and by boat.

Dates: Maymester 2021 (late May to mid-June)

Faculty: John Bartholomew and Thomas Hunt

Course: KIN 352 - Sport, Society, and the International Olympic Movement

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Exploring UK Education, Cambridge, England

This course will provide students with a comparison of experiences on issues of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and immigration status in the UK and U.S. Students will be exposed to P-16 perspectives and experiences where issues of vocational training, financial support, and policy implementation both parallel and contrast with the U.S. context.

Dates: Maymester 2021 (late May to mid-June)

Faculty: Richard Reddick and Terrance Green

Courses: ALD 379 / AFR 372D / T C 358 / ELP 395 - International Learning Seminars: Exploring UK Education

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Culture, Diversity, and Education at Casa Herrera

Built in 1680, Casa Herrera is one of the original houses of colonial Antigua, Guatemala, and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This program explores the complex relationship between education and the larger society. Students will be immersed in the language and culture of Guatemala while living with local host families. Students learn about the cultural and social context of education in Guatemala and the U.S. while completing an ESL internship at a local preschool. Students will develop and deliver ESL lessons to Maya children, explore Maya villages, and take a second course in either Spanish or a Mayan language taught by local faculty.

Dates: Second Summer Session

Faculty: Luis Urrieta

Courses:

  • ALD 327G / LAS 322 - Sociocultural Influences on Learning and
    SPN 318 - Conversation and Composition or
  • ALD 327G / LAS 322 and
    SPN 319S - Lower-division Spanish or
  • ALD 327G / LAS 322 and
    SPN 327C - Advanced Grammar and Composition I or
  • ALD 327G / LAS 322 and
    LAS 319S - Intro to Mayan Language and Culture (Kaqchikel)

Credits: 6 hours of in-residence credit

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Exercise and Sports for Health, Fitness, and Performance, Tokyo, Japan

This class will cover a variety of topics such as sports science, exercise physiology, physical activity and health, sport nutrition, and lifestyle behavior. Students will develop an understanding of how the body responds to regular exercise and sports, why regular exercise is beneficial, and how to apply sport science to training for athletes as well as conditioning programs for general populations and patients. Since the study abroad program takes place in Tokyo right before the Olympic games, we will focus on athletes and Olympic games. Students will experience excursions around Tokyo to the Olympic training center, the Olympic stadiums and venues, and the National Institute of Health and Nutrition.

Dates: Maymester 2021 (late May to mid-June)

Courses: KIN 352K / KIN 310 / KIN 321 - EXER SPT FOR HLTH FIT AND PERF-JPN

Faculty: Hirofumi Tanaka

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Critical Latinx Masculinities in Education: Transnational Perspectives, Puebla, Mexico

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to emergent research on Latinx students in K12 and higher education in the US, and through a transnational lens. We focus on a variety of topics related to identity and identity formation, especially with regard to how Latinx students cultivate and leverage positional/relational identities generally, and how educational institutions impact those identity formations. We explore these issues in relation to Mexico, and the Americas writ broadly.

Dates: Maymester 2021 (late May to mid-June)

Faculty: Victor Saenz and Emmet Campos

Courses: ALD 379 / L A 325 / MAS 374 / LAS 322 - Latinx Identities Across the Americas

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Language and Culture - Understanding the Bilingual/ESL Classroom in Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico Maymester will provide an overview of theoretical and practical perspectives on language, culture, art, and history as it applies to education on the island. Students will explore principles of bilingualism, language varieties, social conventions, and culturally relevant materials. The focus of the course is to prepare pre-service teachers to best meet the linguistic and academic needs of bilingual/English learner (EL) students in the K-12 classroom.

Dates: Maymester 2021 (late May to mid-June)

Faculty: Maria Franquiz and Cinthia Salinas

Courses: ALD 330 / ALD 329 - Language in Education/ Acquisition of Languages

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Individual Differences: Applied Learning and Development, Taipei, Taiwan

Named "Ilha Formosa" (Beautiful Island) by Portuguese sailors in the 1600s for its beaches and mountains, Taiwan holds a unique history in East Asia with rule by both China and Japan in the last two centuries. It also is home to Taipei, one of the most modern cities in the world. This mix of natural beauty, Asian traditions, and modernity make this the perfect place to study the perceptions and realities of disability through Eastern and Western lenses. We will partner with undergraduate students in Taiwan to visit schools and community centers. The objectives for this class are to learn that no one is normal, different does not mean bad, people with disabilities can be jerks, and how we can alleviate difficulties that exceptionalities can cause without pathologizing difference.

Dates: Maymester 2021 (late May to mid-June)

Faculty: Katie Tackett

Courses: ALD 322 / ALD 379 - Individual Differences

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