Study Abroad with Us
CEHD Provides A World of Opportunities
The University of Delaware is a national leader in study abroad programs, consistently ranking among the top five public research-extensive institutions for student participation. Within the College of Education and Human Development, we encourage our students to take advantage of this life-changing experience.
Participants take classes, augmented by guest speakers and excursions. The coursework includes visits or service-learning placement at local primary schools, orphanages or hospitals and inspires students to develop an appreciation and even love for people from a radically different culture.
This experience is so profound, many students participate in more than one program. If you would like to help support our students, please visit our Make a Gift page.
The multicultural context of Hawaii provides a rich opportunity for the study of disability and diversity. During Winter Session 2019, UD students students will engage with local children, families, and disability organizations as well as Hawaii’s Center for Disability Studies.
Early childhood majors can complete their student teaching requirement in Athens, Greece through this semester-long program. The American Community School-Athens provides a supportive classroom experience at this innovative PK-12 school serving a diverse population.
Complete your 12-week student teaching at the Cayman International School (CIS) on Grand Cayman island. CIS is a high-quality educational institutional, serving international students from two years old through Grade 12.
Full Semester Programs
HDFS has formed a partnership with several schools in Greece to foster a collaborative relationship between our programs in early childhood education. UD education students can spend a semester student teaching at the American Community Schools (ACS)– Athens.
The school serves a diverse student population of more than 56 nationalities, giving UD’s CEHD students the opportunity to gain a truly global perspective on education. Using an American curriculum with a Greek perspective, first graders spend time in the chemistry lab, fifth graders explore geometry through M.C. Escher paintings and ancient sites, and eighth graders volunteer at local refugee camps.
Read more about teaching abroad in Greece.
“I have grown a lot as a teacher during this placement in ways that I did not expect, and for that I am grateful. I have learned a lot from the educators around me, some ideas that I will bring back with me. While being in a foreign country for three months in which the language, culture and food is drastically different is daunting, I am so glad I had the opportunity to experience.”
Spring & Fall 2018
Complete your student teaching in Grand Cayman, the largest of the three Cayman Islands and home to over 55,000 residents. Known for its natural beauty, picturesque beaches, coral reefs, underwater sea wall and shipwrecks, this island is a popular tourist destination and home to many banking, financial, and insurance institutions.
Student teaching takes place at the Cayman International School (CIS) in Grand Cayman. CIS is a high-quality educational institutional that is proud of its international diversity and the level of excellence it has achieved. This program is a 12-week, full-day student teaching experience.
Winter Session Opportunities
The multicultural context of Hawaii provides a rich opportunity for the study of disability and diversity. Students will engage with local students, families, and disability organizations as well as faculty and staff from Hawaii’s Center for Disability Studies. Students may choose to take a course about transition issues of youth with disabilities (EDUC 463/673) or a families and disabilities course (HDFS 270). All students will take a course that examines cultural dimensions of disability (DIST 301). All courses combine classroom and field-based activities and may be counted toward the Disability Studies minor, as well as some other majors/minors. In addition to academic excursions that focus on the history, natural environment, and peoples of Hawaii, students will have time to explore, hike, or enjoy the many local cultures.
While studying on the island of Oahu, students will reside in double rooms at the East-West Conference Center at the University of Hawaii-Manoa (near Honolulu/Waikiki). In Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii, students will stay in double rooms at the Hilo Hawaiian hotel. Some group meals are included in the program fee. This winter session program is an ideal opportunity to expand your understanding of disability while enjoying the beauty of Hawaii. E Komo Mai!
Norma Gaines-Hanks, Associate Professor for HDFS, has been coordinating Study Abroad programs in South Africa for over ten years. The coursework includes visits or service-learning placement at local primary schools, orphanages or hospitals and inspires students to develop an appreciation and even love for people from a radically different culture.
South Africa is a land of contrasts that provides the opportunity for students to become exposed to a culture that is not only rich in diversity, but also continues to be a work-in-progress as it comes to grips with social issues such as HIV/AIDS, poverty, and education. There will be multiple cultural excursions (including Soweto and a safari game lodge) as well as a service-learning placements in both Pretoria and Cape Town.
“Working on remodeling and painting a day care center in Soshanguve, South Africa was an amazing experience. Education is of utmost importance in this country and I was thankful to take part in serving and learning from this community.” Ayanna Gill
We are proud to see our UD students giving back to the communities, giving them a brand new perspective.
This program, coordinated by the School of Education, immersed education students in rich Spanish culture while providing innovative techniques to integrate a global perspective into their teaching portfolios.
Students traveled through Seville, Madrid and Barcelona where they visited St. Peter’s international school, interacting with teachers and students, and explored the country viewing architecture from a mathematical perspective. They also absorbed the local culture, taking a cooking class, attending an authentic flamenco show, and sightseeing famous landmarks, including La Sagrada Familia cathedral and Park Guell.
See how this experience enriched the curriculum for our students
“The most valuable lesson I have learned on this adventure is that life and events can be seen through an infinite number of lenses. What truly matters is the perspective you choose.”
-Christine High, ETE Student
CEHD Study Abroad Through the Years
For more than ten years, Norma Gaines-Hanks, HDFS professor, has coordinated a trip to Barbados as part of her Human Services curriculum. In keeping with principles of “Cultural Humility”, University of Delaware students are able to meaningfully experience different aspects of Barbados culture through field placements, cultural excursions, and interacting with locals.
Students complete 50 hours of field placements at one of four primary schools or with the Ministry of Health HIV/AIDs Consortium, where they learn to appreciate the differences and similarities between the US and Bajan people.
“Working with the students and faculty of Welches Primary School was truly an eye opening experience. While there are similarities between American and Bajan students, the differences were refreshing and humbling. The students have a hunger for knowledge and learning. They make the most of what resources are given to them and never complain. The students and staff were incredibly appreciative of us, which reassured me that we made just as positive an impact on the school as they made on us.”
Casey Grzinic, Human Services
In recent years, School of Education professors William Lewis and Brad Glass coordinated programs to Turkey, Austria and Hungary, providing education students insight into innovative ways of teaching curricula, using architecture, art and historic sites to apply concepts in elementary and middle school mathematics.
Students visited private K-8 schools and met with representatives from local universities to learn about their educational structures, and explore opportunities for teaching abroad. As part of their journey, each student compiled a portfolio of photos highlighting the symmetry and geometric characteristics in the world around them, to demonstrate an interactive, hands-on method of teaching math.
Semester at UD/Spring Break in the Bahamas (Program on Hold. Look for offering in 2019)
Students enrolled in the semester-long HDFS course Program Development and Evaluation (HDFS 347-070) will spend spring break in Eleuthera fulfilling a service learning component. Eleuthera is a Caribbean island in the Bahamas.
Unlike many of the touristy Bahamian islands, Eleuthera economic conditions reflect a more humble setting. Student will engage in a unique opportunity to examine the support programs available to the island’s residents and then meet with leaders on-site to discuss challenges and solutions.
“This course evolved through my work as a Fulbright Scholar. My initial research centered around finding solutions to food insecurity–a critical issue on islands like the Bahamas that do not grow the majority of the food that is consumed. But I came to realize the issue was more expansive, involving commerce, agriculture, poverty, hunger and the environment. This course will challenge students to use an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving,”
Allison Karpyn, professor HDFS