TCHG3060 - Comparative Education: Teacher Training and Educational Approaches in the United Kingdom
Summer 2019: July 6-20, 2019
Priority Application Deadline: January 21, 2019
Final Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 5, 2019*
*Students will be admitted on a rolling basis until the final application deadline or until all seats are filled.
Course Description: TCHG3060 - Comparative Education: Teacher Training and Educational Approaches Abroad
The course is a mix of experiential learning through on-site school visits. We work with a local school in Wisconsin and discuss evolving diversity in once homogeneous classrooms of SW Wisconsin. Then we take students to the UK where they are able to visit rural and urban schools, visiting with students and teachers as they discover the variety of approaches to meeting the needs of all learners.
The course is designed as a field experience that will take place in both Wisconsin and in Great Britain. The focus of the experience is two-fold:
1) to allow rural pre-service teachers (PST) the opportunity to broaden their experiences with students with diverse backgrounds
2) to improve PST intercultural communication skills
- Weekend excursions to London and Edinburgh
- Visit to a variety of schools in the UK
- Attend all five mandatory pre-departure sessions (10 hours total) as these meetings are required for participants as they will provide important course content as well as general logistical information. These sessions will tentatively be held on several days during the Spring 2019 semester.
- Attend the Education Abroad Health & Safety Session facilitated by UW-Platteville Education Abroad staff
- Complete "Everyone Has a Culture" activity
Participants will take part in a shared cultural identity project between students in Platteville and in the UK. There will be several pre-departure meetings to plan and implement the US portion of the project with students at a local school as well as the sharing and implementing of those projects once on the ground in the UK. After returning to the U.S., students will be required to participate in a 'share out' of their projects with community members.
- "Google Tour" activity
- Sharing the experience with others
- Education Abroad Re-Entry Event facilitated by UW-Platteville Education Abroad staff
3000-level course work
Pre-Summer Session, 2019
Freshman and above
Application Materials required:
This program requires a brief interview with one of the instructors, one letter of recommendation, and a statement of purpose
One 3-credit course
A-F only, cannot be audited; must be enrolled in course for credit
Students will receive credit for TCHG3060. This course also counts towards the International Education General Education requirement.
Dr. Jennifer Collins
is an Associate Professor of Education. She teaches courses in reading and literacy and serves as an advisor for graduate school programs. This will be the fourth time that Dr. Collins is leading this program.
Dr. John Peterson
is an Assistant Professor of Biology. He teaches courses in Anatomy, Physiology, and Zoology. His research focuses on conservation and disease ecology of amphibians and reptiles. He also co-advises the Animal House outreach education program. Dr. Peterson studied abroad in Australia when he was an undergraduate and is excited to lead his first program for UW-Platteville.
Housing and Meals:
Students will stay in Harlaxton Manor in dormitory-style rooms with other program participants. During their excursions to Edinburgh and London, students will be staying in hostels/hotels and share double or quadruple occupancy rooms depending on what is available.
Three meals a day are included at Harlaxton Manor, and most breakfasts will be included. Some lunches and dinners (about 20 meals) will be out-of-pocket expenses. Students should plan to spend approximately $400 on meals that are not
included in the program fee.
A $75 non-refundable Education Abroad application fee is due before your application can be reviewed.
The estimated program cost is $3,600
* for UW-Platteville students and $4,550
* for Non-UW-Platteville students.
This includes program administration fees, 3 credits, textbooks, international airfare, in-country transportation, accommodation, entrance fees to course related excursions and site visits, some meals, and international medical and accident insurance. The program fee will be charged to your PASS account in full. All regular registration and late fees will apply.
* Program cost based on the participation of 8 students
Cost does NOT
include passport, transportation to gateway airport (Chicago O'Hare), some meals, and personal spending. Out-of-pocket estimated costs: $400-$600.
Students will have two weeks upon their acceptance to commit to the program.
- Fees may change based on final enrollment, changes in fuel prices, and exchange rates
- Fee differentials apply for non-WI/MN residents ($100) and TSI students ($40)
- Veterans: Please contact the Education Abroad office if you have eligibility under the Wisconsin GI Bill
Program fees are due IN FULL before departure.
Students may use leftover financial aid from spring semester that they have not used and apply it towards the summer term if they are enrolled in at least 6 credits for the entire summer term. Students also have the option of utilizing a refund from their fall semester to pay the cost for the summer STFL course. The Financial Aid Office is also willing to assist students interested in obtaining a private loan
UW-Platteville student applicants may apply for the UW-Platteville International Study Scholarship
as long as they show financial need on their FAFSA. Scholarship awards will be dispersed to the student's PASS account. Funding is not guaranteed.
For other ideas for how to fund your study abroad experience, check out our Financial Resources website
Students who withdraw on or after the day of commitment will be financially responsible for any non-recoverable expenses. Non-recoverable expenses include the Education Abroad Office administrative fee, tuition (tuition is non-recoverable as it is comprised of the participant’s share of the faculty leader’s salary, fringe benefits, and in-country expenses), and anything UW-Platteville has paid for on behalf of the participant and is unable to recover from an organization or vendor. Students who withdraw on or after the program start date will be financially responsible for the entire cost of the program.
Passports should be valid for at least six months after program end date. To learn more about applying for a passport, please visit the U.S. Department of State website
. You can apply for a passport here in Platteville at the local post office. For more information, visit their website
Visas are not required for U.S. citizens to enter the United Kingdom. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for determining visa requirements for your country of citizenship.
For More Information Contact
Dr. Jennifer Collins
Associate Professor of Education
Office: 140E Doudna Hall
Dr. John Peterson
Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: 242 Gardner Hall
Education Abroad Office
Office: 102 Royce Hall