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Wilkes University - Study abroad in Malaysia

Wilkes study abroad - Malaysia

Wilkes students interact first-hand with children at a local school in Malaysia.

Course Name/Program number:  Student Teaching Abroad in Malaysia
Course Begins:  Student teachers depart for Malaysia after two weeks of student teaching and pre-travel orientation, usually at the end of January. They return seven weeks later, mid-March.
Travel Dates: January 27 – March 14, 2014
Course Completion Date: TBD
Faculty Leader/Contact: Dr. Gina Zanolini Morrison
Academic Credits: Student teachers enrolled in ED 388 and ED 390 take 15 credits during the spring semester. The second half of their student teaching experience will be completed at a placement in Pennsylvania upon returning from Malaysia.
Restrictions: Student teachers must have at least a 3.0 GPA and must be in good standing in the Teacher Education Program. Student teachers selected for this study abroad experience must enroll in student teaching courses: ED 388 and ED 390.

Application Deadline: Applications close mid-October. Applications are made available at the Fall Student Teacher Orientation Session held in September.
Program Fee: Cost of tuition for 15 credits, plus approximately $1000 | DETAILS
Find the Funding: Scholarship and Financial Aid

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This rare opportunity to complete a student teaching placement abroad is offered to student teachers of Wilkes University through the generosity of Sri Utama International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Each spring, the undergraduate Teacher Education Program selects six lucky student teachers to study abroad for half of their student teaching experience at Sri Utama in beautiful KL, the capital city of Malaysia.

Thanks to the generosity of Sri Utama, students receive free lodging, meals and airfare while being afforded the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a diverse educational environment. Mentored on-site by Malaysian cooperating teachers and Associate Professor of Education Dr. Gina Zanolini Morrison, who accompanies the student teachers for the entire placement, these six students teach in an exciting, international, English-speaking venue.
The first cohort of student teachers, in 2012, visited beautiful Terengganu, historic Malacca, and exciting Singapore, where they presented at the International Problem-Based Learning Conference. They visited the elephant sanctuary and the rainforest jungle, celebrated Chinese New Year, and experienced the Hindu festival of Thaipusam at breathtaking Batu Caves.

Two of those six have accepted positions at Sri Utama and are teaching there now, and a third Teacher Education graduate has accepted a position there beginning in January 2013. Meanwhile, the next cohort of student teachers is preparing to go abroad during the spring semester of 2013.

Malaysia is a multicultural nation adjacent to Singapore in the heart of Southeast Asia, where English is widely spoken. No visa is required for American citizens to enter Malaysia, and travel to neighboring countries is relatively inexpensive. For more information, please contact Dr. Morrison at 570-408-4681 or at gina.morrison@wilkes.edu.


Housing information:
Student teachers live on the campus of Sri Utama and share a dormitory style, air-conditioned room with other student teachers. They are free to come and go as they please, however, provided they fulfill their teaching responsibilities. All meals are available at no cost to them.


Total cost:
The costs associated with this trip are the cost of tuition for 15 credits of student teaching coursework, billable through Wilkes, plus approximately $1,000, which includes a $250 administration fee and $100 per week spending money. Please contact Dr. Morrison for more information.



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