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Study Abroad in Slovakia with visits to Austria and Hungary

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location ., Multiple Countries (Austria, Slovakia, Hungary)
Course # SA 10408 or
SA 59000
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring Break 2023 03/10/23 to 03/19/23

Program Leader

Name Kathryn Obenchain
Email kobench@purdue.edu
Click here to enroll in this program!
Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

 

This is a 10-day spring break study abroad program in Slovakia!  The program includes side trips to

  • Vienna, Austria (Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral),
  • Bratislava, Slovakia (Bratislava castle, markets),
  • Budapest, Hungary (Hungarian Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Matthias Church, Danube River)...

And the HIGHLIGHT of the trip is  3-day teaching experience at the Lutheran Academy (LAMS), a K-12 school located in Martin, Slovakia

LAMS is a K-12+ school where classes are taught in both Slovakian and English.  The primary goals of this study abroad are:

  1. To allow undergraduate students at Purdue interested in education the opportunity to work directly with teachers at LAMS and develop and implement relevant course-related materials within the classes being taught at LAMS.
  2. To allow graduate students in the opportunity to conduct professional development for the teachers at LAMS.
  3. To give students and faculty at LAMS the opportunity to talk, converse, and exchange with native English speakers.

During the first 8 weeks of the Spring 2022 semester, study abroad students will meet together to (1) disccuss intercultural knowledge and pedagogy, and (2) to solve unique real-world learning problems by creatively designing instructional interventions, and then using technology to develop, implement, and evaluate the impact of those interventions.  Students then take their developed materials to Slovakia and present them to the LAMS classes.  Thus Purdue students get the opportunity to develop and fully implement/teach what they have created and the LAMS students and faculty get to experience, review, and evaluate the impact of those learning experiences.

 


Academic Credit

Undergraduate students may earn 2-3 credits in

EDCI 27100 (1 credit) - development of instructional innovations and implementing the intervention within the LAMS classrooms. Students will have the opportunity to teach within the classrooms at LAMS. This 1 credit course will be available to those students who extensively prepare lessons, teach and work closely with the teachers at LAMS. 

and

EDCI 49000 (1 or 2 credits) (Individual Research and Teaching Experience).  Students will actively participate in intercultural activities prior to, during, and following the study abroad experience (1 credit). An additional 1 credit may be earned for a research paper comparing educational systems or a topic pre-approved by the instructors. 

Graduate students may earn 2-3 credits

EDCI 59000 (2-3 credits) (Individual Research and Teaching Experience). Students will have the opportunity to develop an instructional intervention and implement within the classrooms at LAMS (1 credit); Students will actively participate in intercultural activities prior to, during, and following the study abroad experience (1 credit). An additional 1 credit may be earned for a research paper comparing educational systems or a topic pre-approved by the instructors. 

Eligibility

Target participants for this program include undergraduate and graduate students at Purdue with an interest in education or teaching.  Current and past students in EDCI 27000 would be prepared to accomplish the goals of this study abroad. Addiitonally, graduate students within the College of Education are also be encouraged to participate. All undergraduate students and graduate students at Purdue are invited to apply to join the study abroad in Slovakia.  Students must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater. 

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

 

Purdue students may apply for financial aid and also apply for a Purdue Moves Scholarship to help fund their study abroad experience.

 

Application Deadline

January 11, 2023



Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.