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Special Ed Internship in Europe
Heidelberg, Germany; London, United Kingdom
Program Terms: Fall,
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 10/15/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Senior
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Anastassia Kaml
 Language experience required:
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Program Description:
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Program Overview

Students in the WMU Special Education Program have the unique opportunity to intern teach in Germany and UK through a long-standing agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense Schools.  Internships last for 15 weeks during both the fall and spring semesters, enabling student interns to experience European culture while earning 14 academic credits each semester. Interns teach on a military base where the student population consists primarily of American military children.

"This semester has been amazing at Liberty Intermediate School. I have learned so much from this experience abroad, and in a DODEA school system. I will take back many memories, and experiences that have encountered while I was here. Overall, I have learned most about myself, as a teacher, and what it takes to be in a whole new environment, with all of your friends and family thousands of miles away from you. I have learned there is a sense of community, that is stronger than I could have ever thought at this school, and on every base here in England." - Tracy Broadhurst, Study Abroad Alumna, United Kingdom

Program dates:
Fall 2014 (Germany, UK): 08/23/2014-12/15/2014
Spring 2015: (Germany, UK): 01/05/2015--04/24/2015

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New locations opened: UK and Germany. More information is coming soon.


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Academic Eligibility
Good Academic Standing, Must be WMU Elem. Ed. or Spec. Ed. Majors (with concentration in Special Ed.) in 5th year of program at time of departure.

Academic Program
WMU Elementary Education and or Special Education majors with a concentration in Special Education will gain experience and expertise through out this program.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for all work successfully completed in this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor. Previous  years, 4credits were awarded in SPED 476+ 8 credits in SPED 474: LD + 2 credits of SPED 410: Seminar in Special Ed. Credits for 2010 will be determined before departure. (course registration is defined by the program director for every  semester)

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Cost & Financial Aid

The program fee includes tuition, fees, and health insurance. Each student is responsible for the following costs: airfare, housing, meals, passport, books, and personal expenses. Students should remember to plan for extra expenses, such as weekend travel and personal spending money.

Germany destination:
Students applying for this program may also be eligible for DAAD Scholarships.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Note: program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or canceled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

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Student housing is arranged by the program and welcoming organization. More information is coming.

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Additional Resources

Country Information (external links)
Germany - Lonely Planet
Heidelberg - Lonely Planet
U.S. State Department Information
Country Specific Information - United Kingdom
Culturegram - United Kingdom
Country Specific Information - Germany
Culturegram - Germany

Program faculty Director:
Dr. Elizabeth Whitten
Professor, Special Education
Special Education and Literacy Studies
Office:  (269) 387-5940
Location: 4571 Sangren Hall

Study Abroad Specialist:
Anastassia Kaml
Study Abroad Specialist,
Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education
Western Michigan University
2425 Ellsworth Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: (269) 387-5890
Fax:     (269) 387-0630

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