Study Abroad Programs
Ready to explore a different culture and further your studies abroad? The College of Education offers three study abroad programs for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Verano en México
The Verano en México program focuses on the education of bilingual and multicultural populations in Mexican schools. This program allows for public school experience in Mexican schools observing, teaching, and working with Mexican educators, children, and their families in Guanajuato. Completion of this program, which is available to both undergraduate and graduate students, earns students six credits. University classes are taught in English, but Spanish language classes are available for students interested in developing academic language in school settings. Spanish proficiency is not required to participate in the program.
Students, who will stay with a Mexican host family, will also work at Resplandor International, an educational center in a rural community near Guanajuato. Students will also engage in cultural and historical visits to places like the pyramids of Teotihuacan, Xochimilco, the Frida Kahlo Museum (Casa Azul), the National Museum of Anthropology, the Castillo de Chapultepec, the murals of Diego Rivera in Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, and Mineral de Pozos.
International Student Teaching Program
Established in 2018, the International Student Teaching Program is for students studying elementary education at the University of Arizona. The program, which is co-coordinated by College of Education faculty members Sylvia Munsen and Maggie Shafer, provides Arizona students with an opportunity to gain student teaching experience in Mexico. ISTP program participants will teach internationally for nearly eight weeks after teaching in a local Tucson school for seven and a half weeks.
The primary goals of the program are for student teachers to 1) gain an appreciation, understanding, and respect for another culture and to share part of their American culture; 2) compare and contrast the American system of education with that of another country and bring back new ideas and strategies to their future teaching; and 3) grow both professionally and personally while serving as an ‘American Ambassador.’
Learn Italian Sign Language in Italy!
This is a three-week Deaf Studies Program that offers a series of courses in Italian Deaf Culture and Italian Sign Language undergraduates. Students expand their previous linguistic and cultural knowledge through hands-on engagement guided by experienced faculty and staff. The linguistic exchange begins in the formal classroom setting and often naturally continues well into the evening when students and faculty meet in the unforgettable vibrant center of historic Siena, Italy to socialize and relax. The experience, as so many of our students have testified, can be transformative.