School of Education introduces study abroad program to Dublin, Ireland

First cohort to travel this June

By Mandi Enger

The Nevada State College (NSC) School of Education has announced its first study abroad program. Available to students of all majors at the college, the initial cohort will study at the Marino Institute of Education (MIE), an associated college of the University of Dublin, Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland June 10-21, 2013.

“Studying or working abroad can be life changing and help shape one's values, beliefs, attitude, and worldview,” commented Kevin Graziano, associate professor of the School of Education and NSC coordinator for the program. “Students participating in the program will be exposed to global and cultural perspectives different from their own and will have a competitive edge when they return to the States to start their career.”

The study abroad program was initiated by Graziano after completing a fellowship at MIE in 2012.

Taught by an MIE professor, the program will offer a two week, three-credit course in language learning. The curriculum will focus on historical, political, and social factors related to second language acquisition. Course content will also cover instructional considerations for second language learning in grades K-12.  

Classes will meet five days a week for four-hour periods. “Participants will have afternoons, evenings, and weekends free to travel and explore Ireland,” added Graziano. Students will be accompanied on the trip by a School of Education faculty member.

The program cost of $1,573 includes tuition, fees, two excursions, and room and board. Federal and NSC financial aid may be applied. Participants will additionally be required to have passports and medical/travel insurance.

Applications will be accepted by the School of Education through March 15. NSC students of all majors are eligible to apply. A minimum of 10 applicants are needed to launch the first program; over 25 applications have been requested to-date.

Moving forward, NSC plans to offer the study abroad program each summer with course offerings varying year to year.

Please contact Dr. Kevin Graziano in the School of Education for application information at kevin.graziano@nsc.edu or 702-992-2058.

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