Study Abroad Opportunities
Gaining a Global Perspective
The COE believes that “we must prepare our students for schools and communities as they could be, not simply perpetuating those that currently exist. We must be willing to explore with our students the difficult issues of inequities that exist in society and to help them to become agents of change”. In order to prepare globally informed educators, we must be willing and eager to learn with and from our international colleagues within the local community and abroad. We encourage students to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad experiences so they better understand the global dimensions of their discipline through experiential learning. We also ensure that international perspectives are explored throughout our curricula. You can read more about our approaches to preparing globally-informed educators in the articles below:
- Butler's Global Network for Teacher Preparation by Kelli Esteves (PDF)
- An International Look at Counseling by Brandie Oliver available at https://issuu.com/butleru/docs/18-coe-5873_-_2018_coe_yir_magazine?e=18294592/64145616
- ENL Faculty and Students Support Collaborative Family Engagement by Katie Brooks, Brooke Kandel-Cisco, and Cathy Bhathena available at https://issuu.com/butleru/docs/18-coe-5873_-_2018_coe_yir_magazine?e=18294592/64145616
- My Global Transformation at Home by Lisa Farley available at https://issuu.com/butleru/docs/18-coe-5873_-_2018_coe_yir_magazine?e=18294592/64145616
- EPPSP Students Share Lessons Learned by Witnessing Brexit by Jill Jay, John Reynolds, Mike Myers, Terri Whitcomb and Ryan Davis available at https://issuu.com/butleru/docs/butler_coe_year_in_review_2017
Information can be found below about the many study abroad opportunities available in the College of Education.
ED 412 | Reggio-inspired Teaching and Documentation of Learning
Travel to Reggio Emilia, Italy to participate in a conference about Early Childhood Education. The trip will include visits to several Infant-Toddler centers named the World's Best Early Childhood Centers by Newsweek magazine. Access to these schools is rare, but entry IS granted to international visitors who attend these conferences. Those who enroll in the three-credit course associated with this trip will attend several pre-trip meetings during the Fall semester, engage in a week-long visit to Reggio Emilia, and complete a culminating assignment upon their return to the United States.
Specific costs will be determined. The trip is open to all Butler students, alumni, and educators interested in Early Childhood Education.
Next anticipated offering: October 2020
ED 403 Culturally Responsive Teaching
In this study abroad experience in Sweden, College of Education students will be enriched by a culture where gender equality is of the essence; where an indigenous people, the Sami, have the right to preserve their land and develop their culture, traditions, language and identity; where ambitious goals for environmental sustainability are central and helped to save its wilderness from exploitation; and where there’s a history that includes Vikings, war-hungry kings, and what seems to be for now… a lasting peace (https://sweden.se/).
This three-week course will provide students with an opportunity to explore the power of culturally relevant pedagogy through constructivist learning and teaching experiences in Swedish schools. Students will stay with Swedish families, engage in collaborative teaching opportunities alongside Swedish teachers, and explore the cultural riches of Sweden with Butler faculty including its historic capital of Stockholm and the Arctic Circle where the aurora borealis will be on full display (This 3-credit elective course will fulfill the COE cultural requirement).
The estimated cost is $2,500.
Please contact Dr. Susan Adamson at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and for information about application.
Open to Seniors in the College of Education ONLY
Current offering: January 2020 (will require a 1-2 week delay in student teaching)
Next anticipated offering: TBD
ED 403 | Educational Neuroscience in Costa Rica
Please join Dr. Lori Desautels in Costa Rica for spring break of 2019. This week will be filled with learning about the neuroscience of our stress responses, mindfulness practices and how we can integrate this work into our communities with youth. Dr. Sally Bassett will lead this adventure as we travel to local schools sitting beside students and sharing in their learning and lives! We will spend in a week at the Samasati Retreat Center off the Caribbean Coast. There will be yoga classes available each day, along with adventures in horseback riding along the beach, travel to the country's only wild animal rescue park, white river rafting, and much more! Stay tuned for further details but please mark your calendar for this week of learning and adventure! This course takes place over spring break.
Contact: Dr. Lori Desautels
Current offering: March 2019 | Accepting applications
Next anticipated offering: TBD
ED 398 | Multilingual Learners and Their Cultural Contexts
Travel to the Dominican Republic with Dr. Brooke Kandel-Cisco while earning credit for ED 398 (Multilingual Learners and Their Cultural Contexts). The 15-day trip, with stops in Santo Domingo and Santiago, will include school visits, a meeting with an official from the Dominican Department of Education, interaction with Dominican university students studying education, historical and cultural tours and learning experiences, and a 2-3 day homestay with a Dominican family. Enrolled students will attend several course meetings during the spring 2019 semester, participate in the two-week study abroad during the month of May 2019, and complete assignments after returning to the U.S.
Open to all students! Email Dr. Kandel-Cisco (email@example.com) for more information or visit: http://global-education.butler.edu/?go=DominicanRepublic
Current offering: May 2019 | Accepting applications
Next anticipated offering: May 2021
PCA 233/ED 403 | Storycraft: Legends and Lore
Norway is considered “one of the most beautiful countries on earth,” according to Lonely Planet!
Come see ancient glaciers and narrow fjords surrounded by steep valley sides and snow-capped peaks. Walk behind the Storseterfossen waterfall, and cycle through picturesque villages. Explore the cosmopolitan city of Oslo, and then travel back in time to the Viking village of Njardarheimr, where you can try your hand at blacksmithing and axe-throwing. Listen to the legends and lore, and make a few stories of your own as you find out why Norwegians are the happiest people on earth.
In this course we'll blend the study of craft -- the tools and techniques of storytelling -- with creation. Students will engage with stories connected to place in addition to telling their own stories, all to learn how stories work, and how they work best as a storytellers. We will hear from local storytellers, read Norse myths, and learn stories specific to Norwegian culture.
Walking tours in Oslo and Bergen
Farm stays and local storytellers
Viking village experience with modern day vikings
Cycling, rowing & hiking
Open to all students! Email Dr. Kelli Esteves (firstname.lastname@example.org) or apply at https://global-education.butler.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=10689
Current offering: June 2019
Next anticipated offering: Summer 2021
ED 409 | My Place in the World: Intersections of Self, Community, and Culture
Information coming Fall 2019
This opportunity is open to all Butler Students, faculty and staff. Email Chris Price for more information.
Next anticipated offering: May 2020
ED 307 | Global Children's Literature
Information coming in Fall 2019
Open to all students!
Email Dr. Kelli Esteves
Next anticipated offering: Summer 2020
Butler COE students have opportunities to study abroad all over the world! Options include Uppsala University (Sweden), Education University of Hong Kong, University of Tasmania (Australia), and more.
If you are interested in studying abroad for a full semester, please attend an information session led by The Center for Global Education and visit https://www.butler.edu/global-education for more information. Talk to your advisor and Dr. Kelli Esteves, Coordinator for Global Experiences for the College of Education, for more information.