Study Abroad

Curry offers several different opportunities for its students to find global perspective.

Teacher Ed in England
Communication Disorders in Ghent, Belgium, and Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Teacher Ed in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Teacher Ed in England

The University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education Program in England is open to Master of Teaching students who will be enrolled in the teaching associateship (student teaching) in the fall semester. This placement takes place from mid-October through mid-December. Students will be placed in schools in one or two cohorts in varied locations (depending on placement needs/ capacity) for student teaching.

Students will be expected to complete the same requirements in the teaching placements as they would if enrolled in the on-grounds Curry School program and will receive credit towards licensure based on this placement. 

Housing
Students will live in flats or homestays within close commuting distance of their placements. Educators Abroad supervisors recommend housing options based on their local knowledge of communities and schools.

Application Procedures

Students must first gain approval for a distant placement for student teaching from the Curry Teacher Education faculty.  Applications are normally due in mid-January prior to the fall semester.  Once approved, students will be instructed to complete the UVA Study Abroad application on-line at: www.studyabroad.virginia.edu.  Applications for the ISO are typically due in early March.  Further application information is available on-line.

Program Deadlines
Application January 1
Deposit TBD
Program Fee Balance TBD
*Deposit refundable if student not accepted into program

 

 

Communication Disorders in Ghent, Belgium, and Nijmegen, the Netherlands


The University of Virginia's Curry School of Education Program in Ghent, Belgium and Nijmegen, the Netherlands is a six-weeks study abroad program that is organized together with UVa’s International Studies Office.

It gives students the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of an international research project. In order to be eligible for this program, students need to have taken EDHS 5020 Speech and Hearing Sciences at UVa.

Students will work during three weeks at the University College Ghent (Belgium) with Dr. Paul Corthals, an expert on acoustic phonetics and research methodology. Students will provide spoken sound samples that will be analyzed with phonetic software, entered in a database that will be used to test hypotheses about cultural and clinical speech characteristics.

The following three weeks, the students will go to Radboud University in Nijmegen (the Netherlands) where they will work with Dr. Judith Stoep, who is specialized in alternative forms of communication by individuals with limited speech abilities. Students will videotape communicative behavior and analyze the patterns of production.

Students will also visit schools, a hospital, a service center, and a manufacturer of communication aids.

At the end of the six-weeks, the students will present their research at a conference in Nijmegen. If completed successfully, participating students earn 6 credits.

This is also a great international experience. Both Ghent and Nijmegen have a rich cultural and historic heritage. Ghent and Nijmegen are located on short distances from major European cultural centers. Ghent is less than two hours away from Bruges, Brussels, London, and Paris. Nijmegen is one hour away from Amsterdam and Cologne. From Nijmegen you can walk across the border into Germany in an hour.

This program integrates undergraduate research, international cultural experience, and pre-professional learning.

Housing
Students will stay in university housing.

Program Contact
Filip Loncke is an associate professor in the Communication Disorders program at Curry. He has worked and conducted research both in Europe and in the United States. His research interests include typical and atypical communication, augmentative communication and psycholinguistic processes.

Filip Loncke

Associate Professor

Curry School of Education

PO Box 400400

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA 22904

434-243-5372
ftl4n@virginia.edu

 

Teacher Ed in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Students should plan to meet with an advisor before applying to this program.

The UVA Curry School of Education strives to foster teacher candidates' ability to work within an increasingly diverse and global educational environment. As such, the Curry School faculty views international education as a positive component to the strong educational foundation built within the Master of Teaching program. Future teachers must be ready to help children achieve the skills and relationships necessary to succeed in a 21st century global world.  Teachers who themselves have explored and experienced multiple cultural differences and who are comfortable in diverse environments will be the ones best able to support their pupils' endeavors.

The opportunities, and the challenges confronted in an international learning experience will enrich a teacher's approach to working with all children. By participating in academic and school-based educational experiences, the UVA student will gain insight into the world of childhood from multiple perspectives. It is important for future teachers to learn cross-cultural communication, critical thinking, empathy, and tolerance. Studying abroad --- living and learning with students from other countries --- will enhance the learning experience. Advantages of learning about education abroad are:

  •  Appreciation of the commonalities across children from varied cultures
  •  Development of cultural awareness and sensitivity
  •  Focus on integration of culture and instructional approaches
  •  Understanding of the cross-influence of language and culture
  •  Enhanced ability to foster communication within diverse environments

The Curry School of Education has partnered with the Stranmillis University College of Education of Queens University, Belfast and is proud to offer a program of study and practice teaching that can be integrated with the Master of Teaching degree offered at University of Virginia.

Program Information
Credits earned during this program are transfer credits. Please see the course equivalency matrix below in order to determine which course would transfer back for credit toward Curry School requirements. This program is not limited to students in the Curry School--any student with an interest in education may apply, however, it is the student's responsibility to ensure credit transfer with his/her school of enrollment.

2011-2012 Curry-Stranmillis Course Matrix

Location
Stranmillis is a college of Queen's University, Belfast. Stranmillis was founded in 1922 to provide state-funded teacher education in the northern portion of the partitioned island. The Northern Ireland government decided to open its own non-denominational College and purchased Stranmillis House, with its very attractive and historic campus of 18 hectares only three kilometres from the centre of Belfast.

Belfast is the capital of and largest city in Northern Ireland. It is the seat of devolved government and legislative Northern Ireland Assembly. The city of Belfast has a population of 267,500 and lies at the heart of the Belfast urban area, which has a population of 483,418.  Today, Belfast remains a centre for industry, as well as the arts, higher education and business, and is the economic engine of Northern Ireland. The city suffered greatly during the period of disruption, conflict, and destruction, called the Troubles, but recently has undergone a sustained period of calm, free from the intense political violence of former years, and substantial economic and commercial growth. Belfast city centre has undergone considerable expansion and regeneration in recent years, notably around Victoria Square.

Accommodations
The experience of living in Halls provides a basis for personal and professional development in the company of other Stranmillis students and students from other faculties of Queen's University and University of Ulster.  Due to their layout - the single study bedrooms are grouped in self-contained flats - thus providing the opportunity for both privacy and community contact.

The Halls are close enough to the city centre to enable residents to enjoy Belfast's amenities - shops, theatres, and cinemas. The accommodation is in single study standard bedrooms with their own wash basin and shared bathrooms with common rooms on all floors.  The accommodation blocks offer internet access and a coin operated laundry facility is provided.  The catered accommodation is offered on the basis of breakfast and evening meal being served seven days each week in "Chatz" dining room and coffee shop.  A versatile self-service restaurant offers wide screen television and a wireless connection throughout the restaurant.

Application Procedures

Students must first gain approval for a distant placement for student teaching from the Curry Teacher Education faculty.  Applications are normally due in mid-January prior to the fall semester.  Once approved, students will be instructed to complete the UVA Study Abroad application on-line at: www.studyabroad.virginia.edu.  Applications for the ISO are typically due in early March.  Further application information is available on-line.

Program Contact:

Sandi Cohen
Professor
Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
Curry School of Education
Bavaro Hall 213
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
sbc7v@virginia.edu
434-924-0769