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Study abroad with MLFTC, 2020

Study abroad experiences offered by Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College let you meet and work with diverse groups of people, and broaden your skill set as someone who is preparing to enter, or is already a part of, the education field.

The trips and related curricula are tailored to education majors; however, study abroad is open to all students. And study abroad scholarships can help make these opportunities more affordable.

Germany: May 14 – 22, 2020

Frankfurt, Germany

Exploring STEM education in Germany

Application deadline: Nov. 15

Explore the use of renewable energy sources in one of the most energy-efficient countries in the world: Germany. You will experience sustainable solutions through science, technology and society by touring renewable energy sites, observing science classrooms and talking to scientists who are implementing innovative STEM-related practices. This 10-day experience will provide you with new insights to use in your studies today and in your classroom or STEM-related profession in the future.

The experience includes:

  • Three cities: Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Freiburg
  • Academic visits to the Heliotrope, Heidelberg Castle, Innovation Academy and more
  • School visits to see how STEM education is taught in Germany

This experience is open to students in- and outside MLFTC with a 2.5 or higher GPA.

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Belize: May 14 – 24, 2020

Castillo Xunantunich, Cayo, Belize

Higher Education Abroad: Belize

Application deadline: Nov. 15

Beyond the picturesque beaches, Mayan ruins and rich Caribbean culture, Belize provides insights into rapidly developing post-secondary education systems. Belize offers junior colleges, community colleges and universities, but higher education there is relatively new. After gaining independence in 1981, it took Belize nearly 20 years to open its first university. Students participating in this experience will explore themes of access, service to rural students, how to best serve students with scarce resources, and preventing brain drain.

During this trip, you will:

  • Visit higher education institutions and departments — community colleges, public and private universities, Ministry of Education — and meet with faculty, students, and educational policymakers and leaders
  • Travel Belize and experience the culture: local markets, Mayan ruins, and nights at a lodge on the grounds of the Belize Zoo
  • Gain a global perspective on higher education
  • Earn 3 graduate elective credits 

This program is open to graduate students who have a focus on higher education and a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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Burgos, Spain: May 24 – June 18, 2020

College students in Burgos, Spain

University Service-Learning: Spain

Application deadline: March 1

Undergrads: Take a USL course to teach English and lead activities among the medieval architecture and UNESCO-listed cathedral of Burgos. This historic and vibrant city on El Camino de Santiago in northern Spain was founded in the 9th century. It was the seat of the Crown of Castile and is considered to be the origin-place of the Spanish language.

Service activities can include:

  • Teaching English at a local community center
  • Leading activities for seniors, refugees, deaf children and others with disabilities
  • Helping the local environmental organization with clean water testing

This four-week program will combine class content with opportunities to serve high-needs populations while experiencing the culture of Burgos. Although the program is based in Burgos, the trip includes an overnight excursion to San Sebastian.

Space is limited to 16 students per program — apply early.

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Costa Rica: Aug. 1 – 14, 2020

University Service-Learning: Costa Rica

Application deadline: March 1

Undergrads: Take a USL course while experiencing Costa Rica, known for its rainforests, diverse wildlife, ecotourism and environmental conversation. While in Costa Rica, you will learn about civic and community engagement with your choice of a variety of service projects. A weekend excursion has been planned for Arenal Volcano National Park and La Fortuna Waterfall. You will spend one week in the small community of Mastatal and another in Javillos, home to Proyecto Asis Wildlife Rescue. And there’s one more perk: coffee.

Service projects can include:

  • Teaching English in the community
  • Helping at local schools
  • Volunteering at ASIS Wildlife Rescue
  • Helping with local community improvement projects in Mastatal and Javillos

Space is limited to 15 students per program — apply early. 

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