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In the age of globalization, an intimate understanding of a foreign culture is both a valuable academic asset and an enriching personal experience. As a leader in education, the Watson College of Education is dedicated to providing education students with the opportunity to work and study in schools throughout the world. See each program page to determine if you qualify to participate in the trip. International study opportunities in the WCE include:

Trips Offered:

  • Belize - May 11-June 8, 2019 Spend three weeks working with teachers and children, in grades PreK-12 in a demonstration classroom. Take what you learn into the teacher’s classroom to model good practices and share ideas. Learn how to differentiate instruction, complete authentic assessment, manage a classroom, and how to meet the cultural differences of learners. Travel throughout Belize learning about the many cultures of Belize. This trip leaves the day after spring graduation and will not interfere with any required internship or other course requirements for initial licensure. Students enroll in coursework in Spring semester and travel in Summer Session I, following graduation. Look for interest meetings for more information. Application deadline is December 1, 2018. Any applications received after the deadline will only be considered if program availability exists.

    July 27-August 10 - Travel to San Pedro Belize to work with the community library to offer camp activities for children 5-12 years. Camp Manatee provides opportunities to learn how to develop curriculum during out-of-school time and work with a variety of children in an academic camp setting. Graduate students can help offer professional development for teachers and principals (August 5-9). See the interest video. The application deadline is February 1, 2019. Any applications received after the deadline will only be considered if program availability exists. Contact Dr. Catapano,

  • Ethiopia - Fall 2017 - December 9-21, 2017
    Join students and faculty for the trip to Ethiopia this fall! It will be an awesome experience filled with learning, teaching, and adventure.

  • Ireland - Fall 2017 - October 12-28, 2017
    Go to Ireland and gain exposure to the philosophy and practice of higher education in an international setting. Ride through Belfast on a bike tour of the city and see the amazing scenery of Dublin. This trip is for higher ed/grad students.

  • London - Tentative Program Dates: June 20th – 29th, 2018
    Take a walk-through our history as you explore the streets of London while you engage with school leaders and in university settings with your British colleagues. You will shadow London’s best school administrators and executive level leaders daily and learn about the British educational system from those in charge. Discuss political movements and current leadership trends.

    Solution-Focused in London - July 6-15. Application Deadline is Feb. 28
    This course is open to Sophomore*, Junior*, Senior*, and Master’s-level Education students interested in learning about the solution-focused approach (SF) to working with students and families. An SF approach in education focuses on the pupil's competence and ability, and “can be applied to all aspects of school life - from promoting and reinforcing positive behavior, addressing bullying issues, to the running of effective meetings. By focusing on the positive resources and skills inherent in all schools a solution focused approach can enhance the educational and workplace experience for all members of the school community” (National Behavior Support Service, 2018).

    Education students participate in an applied learning experience along with students from Social Work, that includes training presented by the BRIEF organization, a world-renowned training center for solution-focused (SF) practices that has trained over 55,000 people worldwide. This training along with cultural explorations in London, will enhance students’ understanding of the SF model and the international contexts in which it is applied. Education students can contact: Dr. Candace Thompson, *students must have a 3.0 or higher and get permission from instructor to take graduate level course.

  • Netherlands - Summer 2018 - June 14 - 24, 2018
    Join us to explore Immigrant and Refugee Education in the Netherlands. Final info Sessions are February 7, from 12 to 12:30 and February 13, from 4 to 4:30. Application deadline is February 23. Don’t miss your chance! Questions? Email or View our video!

International Concentration for Elementary Education Majors

For more information, please contact:
WCE International Program Coordinator
Dr. Susan Catapano
Education Building 377
910-962-2290 Phone