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 are available from the university.​ Tip: Start saving early for initial expenses including passports and plane tickets.

For more information on other study abroad programs and how to apply, visit the Texas Global Education Abroad

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Programs for Applied Learning and Development Majors

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 2020 (late May to mid-June)

Faculty: Victor Saenz

Courses: LA 325, MAS 374, ALD 379, HIS 363K (cross-listings)

Credits: 3 hours in-residence credit

Skills and Experience Flags: Cultural Diversity

Estimated Cost: $4,400

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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 2020 (late May to mid-June)

Faculty: Aileen Bumphus

Courses: ALD 379 - Socially Responsible and Ethical Student Leadership

Credits: 3 hours of in-residence credit

Estimated Cost: $2350

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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 2020 (late May to mid-June)

Faculty: Katie Tackett

Courses: ALD 322 Individual Differences, Cultural Diversity flag

Deadline to apply: November 15, 2019

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 2020 (late May to mid-June)

Faculty: Richard Reddick

Courses: ALD 379/ELP 395/AFR 372D

Credit: 3 hours in-residence credit

Skills and Experience Flags: Cultural Diversity, Global Cultures

Estimated Cost: $7,200

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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 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.

Faculty: Luis Urrieta

Courses: ALD 327 plus 3-credit Spanish or Mayan language course

Credits: 6 hours of in-residence credit

Skills and Experience Flags: Cultural Diversity, Global Cultures

Estimated Cost: $7,800

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Student Exchange Program with Hiroshima University

This student exchange program between the University of Texas at Austin and Hiroshima University gives pre-service teachers the opportunity to study and learn about each country. Consider the meaning of war and peace beyond the United States while learning about the “Pedagogy of War and Peace.” Students will design and share a mini-project and practice the necessary skills to teach and live in a global society.

Students will stay on campus at Hiroshima University, in a hotel in Tokyo, and a one-night stay at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, in Miyajima. Classes will be held in a variety of locations including Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima University, Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace in Tokyo.

Faculty: Sherry Field

Dates: January 8-18, 2020

Courses: NA

Credits: NA

Skills and Experience Flags: NA

Estimated Cost: $2,300


Programs for Kinesiology and Health Education Majors

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 2020 (late May to mid-June)

Faculty: John Bartholomew and Thomas Hunt

Courses: KIN119 and KIN 352

Credits: 3 in-residence credits

Skills and Experience Flags: Global Cultures

Estimated Cost: $6,800

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Sarah Chavez, Lausanne, May 2018

"Every week, we have an excursion to a new place or event that connects with our curriculum. This week we had our first excursion to the Sport Future Rendezvous, which consisted of a presentation from a member of the International Olympic Committee and a debate/Q&A from a panel of sport experts."

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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 2020 (late May to mid-June)

Courses: KIN352K and KIN310

Credit: 3 hours in-residence credit

Faculty: Hirofumi Tanaka

Skills and Experience Flags: Global cultures (pending)

Estimated Cost: TBD

Oxford Brookes University Exchange Program

The University of Texas Study Abroad office in coordination with the College of Education, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, has established an Exchange Program with Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom. This rigorous science–based program offers our students the opportunity to earn KHE major course-work in this dynamic and historically significant location.

Oxford Brookes University is a premier learning and teaching institution that is widely acknowledged as the UK’s leading modern university for ten years running (Sunday Times University Rankings). With nearly 19,000 students enrolled on a wide range of disciplines across the three main campuses, Oxford Brookes is a vibrant and exciting place to study abroad. Oxford Brooks is ideal for students in Exercise Science or Applied Movement Science.

Dates: Offered every spring and fall semester.

Location: Oxford Brookes University is situated 50 miles from London in the beautiful city of Oxford. As one of the world’s great student cities, Oxford is a great place to live and study, as it is big enough to offer something for people of all interests, yet small enough to feel welcoming and accessible. If you want to visit London it’s only one hour away by train and there are also cheap, frequent buses to and from the capital, and Heathrow and Gatwick airports, which run 24 hours a day.

Courses: Courses will be taught by local faculty. Students are expected to study and read outside of class. Most students will register for 4 classes (aka modules).

Estimated Cost: $15,000 - $16,500

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