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STUDY ABROAD IN CUBA SUMMER 2016
Havana, June 6-26


The course will be taught in Spanish, so 4 semesters of college level Spanish (or equivalent) is a pre-requesite for participation.

 

The attached flyer has some additional information. Interested students should also visit the study abroad website for information and application procedures: 

 

https://app.studyabroad.illinois.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11152

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GSE 2016 SUMMER TOUR OF CHILE
July 17th- July 30th

STUDY ABROAD IN CHILE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
EPS 590 SAX: WINDS OF CHANGE: EDUCATIONAL REFORM, STUDENT MOVEMENTS AND PUBLIC EDUCATION IN CHILE

Currently in Chile, the educational system is going through a period of profound challenges and changes that have implications for all modern educational systems in the 21st century. Spurred on by the 2011 student movement, educational reform has been placed on the front burner of public consciousness and focus in the country. Young people took to the streets for seven months and they demanded more social justice in education. There demands have reverberated beyond Chile and into the international arena. Our study tour of Chile will examine the impact of the students' demands for change, the new educational environment in Chile, and the structural reforms now being introduced by the new Michelle Bachelet administration. At stake are the central planks of what was once deemed the "most neoliberal, market-oriented educational system in the world." Proposed education reforms such as ending profit making in primary and secondary education, the elimination of tuition fee copayments to enter schools that receive public subsidies and tax-based funds, the development of a new teacher professional career as well as the reexamination of standardized accountability in the national evaluation system (SIMCE) have all garnered profound public attention and debate. These issues of educational change have profound significance not only for the Chileans, but also for all global citizens participating in 21st century educational systems that are now being challenged to balance the last few decades' emphasis on excellence and quality with the powerful resurgence of demands for access and equity.

This year's GSE study abroad course will take place from July 17th through July 30th. This four-credit course will examine the current educational system in Chile in relation to its history, economy, media environment and political movements. We will be hosted by two important Chilean universities, in two major cities of the country, giving to this study tour a broad perspective about the higher educational system, the diversity of cities on the coast and of the country as well of different perspectives about these educational changes and challenges. Each of these universities has provided us access to leading Chilean scholars, experts and stakeholders. Participants will have the remarkable opportunity to enter into a meaningful dialogue with these academics and policy intellectuals as we actively engage with the material that we will be studying. We will meet with The University of Chile's Student Federation (FECH), Alto al SIMCE academic and political activists, the National Coordination of Secondary Education (CONES) and Educacion 2020 to discuss the current educational movement and policy changes that are being fought for and implemented at this time. Also, we will be visiting schools in these different cities. We will take the opportunity to talk with parents, teachers and principals of rural and urban areas. With these activities, students will experience the diversity and complexity of the public educational system in Chile. Weekend excursions to areas around Santiago and Valparaiso have been planned with the aim of giving participants the opportunity to visit a rich sample of the marvelous cultural and historical sites that exist in these different locations of Chile.

Pre-Tour classes begin April 7th 2016 online
CRN 47135

 

FIELD SCHOOL IN BELIZE

May 16- June 24, 2016

 

 

 

A STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE IN CHILE
EPS 199: UNDERSTANDING EDUCATION AND ENGLISH LEARNING IN A GLOBAL ERA



THE LUNCH ON US: THE CUBAN EXPERIENCE

The Lunch on us: "The Cuban Experience", is an informal conversation with students who went to study abroad to Cuba this summer. Learn about the study abroad summer program in Cuba and how it impact on students perspectives and views about Cuba.

Date Oct 15, 2015, 12 pm
La Casa Cultural Latina
1203 West Nevada Street, Urbana, IL

Are you interested to travel to Cuba? Join us for another study abroad program in June 2016.