Education and Youth Studies

I always wanted to be able to teach abroad somewhere, but the idea also kind of terrified me. Now I feel like not only is it something I could do, but that it’s something I could excel at.

Katherine Ringeer, Direct Enrollment: National University of Ireland, Galway


Domestic Programs


Study Abroad Programs

Note: EDYS majors, or students interested in an education-related field, are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Study in any location abroad can benefit potential teachers. Coursework in fields such as sociology, psychology, history, math, environmental studies, politics, science, economics, music, art, and foreign languages are excellent supportive courses for teaching at various levels.  Pedagogy courses, as well as special projects with EDYS faculty and in schools abroad are also highly recommended. Majors should consult early with faculty to determine the sequence of courses they will take to study abroad. Some students who will certify do their student teaching in a 9th semester to enable them to be off-campus for a semester. Students who plan to certify for teaching may have an option to student teach abroad. Recent placements: Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Ecuador, South Africa, and Thailand.


Australia - James Cook University, Townsville                                

Fall or spring (southern hemisphere calendar)

Language: English. 

Prereqs: One college year of study, 2.8 gpa; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.

Housing: On-campus residence halls/off-campus apartments; students provide own meals.

Details: Study with local students; courses in the faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences, indigenous Australian studies, Asia-Pacific community development; Australian literature; many courses have a field-trip component for hands-on experience; university research facilities include island, rainforest and outback field stations.   


Australia – ISEP: Macquarie University, Sydney                                            

Fall, spring (southern hemisphere calendar)

Language: English

Prereqs: 2.5 gpa, 3.0 for internship; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.

Housing: On campus residence halls/off-campus apartments, students provide own meals.

Details: Study with local students; many courses in education within the faculty of Human Sciences; social science, indigenous studies and development studies; orientation and a guide to Sydney on line; internships possible, volunteer opportunities available.   


Ecuador - Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)                 

Exchange, fall, spring or academic year

Language: Courses in Spanish or partly in English

Prereqs: 2 years of college Spanish; enrollment in a Spanish course the semester or summer before; 3.0 cumulative gpa and 3.0 in Spanish; previous course work for studio art courses; courses with a Latin American focus strongly recommended.

Housing: Host family

Details: Orientation in Quito; Quito in Transition course; full range of science and social science courses, some with field study trips; courses in education, psychology and sociology are offered in the college of liberal arts; study with local students; excursions; volunteer opportunities.  


Czech Republic – ISEP: Masaryk University, Brno                                        

Fall or spring (TESOL only in spring)

Language: English and other languages, Czech

Prereqs:  Previous coursework relating to the understanding of Czech Republic.

Housing: Campus residence hall, stipend for meals in cafeteria.

Details: Second largest university in the country; 2 specialized programs in English: Central European Studies Program focuses on political and cultural transformations shaping the region; TESOL for teaching English to speakers of other languages in a cross-cultural environment; other courses in English include the Faculty of Education; International Club provides activities and excursions. 


France – CIEE: Université de Haute Bretagne, Rennes, France                                     

CIEE fall, spring

Language: French

Prereqs: minimum 2 years college French, 3.0 gpa in French; ISEP requires advanced written and spoken French.

Housing: CIEE host family

Details: Rennes is an old university city located in Brittany with a large number of university students; easy access to North coast and Atlantic beaches and historic sites; 2 hours to Paris by fast train.

CIEE: Four levels of language pre-session courses focusing on oral and written proficiency; elective courses in civilization and culture, history of France, art history and film studies through CIREFE, the university division for international students; student teaching option; 3-day orientation in Paris; cultural activities and field trips; university courses and internships possible for advanced French students.

Scholarships: CIEE scholarships for merit, need, travel, under-represented groups.  


Germany – Erfurt University, Erfurt                                               

Exchange spring, academic year

Language: German, English

Prereqs: 2 years college German, previous coursework relative to the understanding of Germany.

Housing: Campus dormitory with international and German students, provide own meals.

Details: Intensive German language at beginning of term; university courses in politics, development and international affairs, German as a second language with disciplinary focus; study with local students; no natural sciences; some courses taught partially or fully in English at this bi-lingual university; few non-native German speakers in Erfurt; region is historically rich with archives, museums and study centers; travel opportunities in Germany and Central Europe.

Scholarships available for study in Germany.  See the Scholarships page on the OIE Study Abroad website. 


Hong Kong - Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China                                    

Exchange fall, spring, academic year

Language: English

Prereqs: Previous coursework with an Asian focus.

Housing: Shared room in campus student hostel, students provide own meals.

Details: Study at the only Chinese liberal arts college with local and international students; live in a major international commerce center; basic Cantonese available; wide range of cultural studies, social sciences and humanities courses, no natural science; students encouraged to take courses in Cultural Studies; excellent campus facilities; many student activities, excursions.


Turkey – Yeditepe University, Istanbul                                                           

Exchange, spring or academic year

Language: English

Prereqs: Previous coursework relative to the understanding of Turkey.

Housing: Shared rooms with bath, mini refrigerator and phone in University residence halls; linens are provided; students provide own meals at university cafeterias, snack bars and restaurants.

Details: Study in English with local and international students; courses from wide range of university offerings including the faculties of arts and sciences, education, fine arts including theatre, and economics and political science; university located on the European side of Istanbul in the heart of the city; easy access to public transportation.  

United Kingdom - Goldsmiths College, University of London

Direct enrollment, fall, spring, all year

Language: English

Prerequisites:  n/a

Housing: University provided accommodation close by to campus, students provide own meals


Recent education majors have studied through Beloit College in Ecuador and Germany, and at the Field School in Chile (summer); programs through other providers in India, Ireland and Poland. Students are also encouraged to work with a Beloit faculty advisor on a special project tailored to their interest in any study abroad location.


Domestic Programs

ACM: Urban Studies, Chicago                                                                          

Fall, spring

Prereqs: Junior or senior standing preferred, approval through campus selection process, previous coursework relating to social change.

Housing: Program students housed in double rooms in apartments with cooking facilities located in Chicago neighborhoods; students provide own meals.

Details: Study with ACM program students; 4 units of credit: a city-centered Core Course, a choice of Seminar course topics; an internship connecting academics to the world of work; an independent study project related to the student’s academic goals, often linked to the internship.  


Last Updated: 9/2011