Program Information
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Spring 2022: Athens HDFS International Internships
February 15, 2022 - May 07, 2022 (dates are tentative)
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

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Program Notes
Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

For more information about this program, check out the College's web page.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees, tuition and flights (if purchase was advised by CGPS).
Program Description
Complete your Early Childhood Education (ECE) student teaching or Human Services – Clinical capstone internship (400 hours) in Athens, the capital and largest city in Greece. Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities, with history dating back to thousands of years. The city is home to the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and many impressive museums. Located in southeastern Europe, Greece is considered to be the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa.

This student teaching and internship experience take place at the American Community School (ACS) Athens. ACS Athens is a student-centered international school, embracing American educational philosophy, principles and values. The student body represents over 60 countries and is very culturally diverse. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges ( the same accreditation body as UD), and offers a U.S. High School Diploma and the opportunity for students to earn the International Baccalaureate Diploma. All instruction is in English.

For ECE student teachers, this program is a 12-week, full-day student teaching experience lasting just short of 90 days. Human Services students will complete 400 hours over the course which reflects an average of about 6 hours per day for 65 days. No visa is required for students who are U.S. citizens and who visit the country for fewer than 90 days. Students wishing to remain in Greece or the European Union for more than 90 days must apply for and obtain the appropriate visa on their own before departure.

Student teachers: Classroom assignments may range from pre-kindergarten through second grade, depending on students' needs for certification. Students will participate in the teaching hours and responsibilities of the primary classroom teacher. They will also be assigned an on-site clinical educator and will be supervised by a University of Delaware field instructor via electronic conferencing and video observations, although no University faculty or staff will accompany the students. ACS Athens staff will be available to assist with any problems that may arise.

Internship: Human Services students will work with the Dean of Students at ACS Athens in a variety of student support activities that could include school counseling (elementary or middle school level); the wellness center; working in the testing center; providing college/academic advisement; or working with the “Dogs in Learning” program (which focuses on empathy and responsibility in math and literacy). In addition, students have the opportunity to engage in “Community Service Activities” such as working with refugees, feeding the homeless at night, or visiting the homes of the elderly.

Note: Students are required to be present on the Newark campus to attend classes during the week prior to departure and for one day at the end of UD's semester and are responsible for all necessary lodging and transportation arrangements.

The Program Fee includes international health insurance, as well as housing in a furnished apartment with a kitchen to be shared with at least one other University of Delaware student near the ACS Athens or a metro line that can be used to travel to and from the school.

The Program Fee does not include airfare to/from Athens or transportation to and from the airport . The program officially begins when students arrive in Athens. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining and how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimated airfare.

The Center for Global Programs and Services (CGPS) cooperates with the College of Education and Human Development on the administration of this program.
ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
All students must enroll in at least 12 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
EDUC 400-070: Student Teaching (6 credits) pass/fail
A capstone course for all education majors. This is a full-time extended student teaching experience in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade schools. Teacher candidates are under the guidance and supervision of clinical educators(s) and supervisor. This experience allows teacher to demonstrate their knowledge acquired in their undergraduate courses and apply it to their teaching.
Prerequisite: Students must show evidence of passing a basic competency test and must show evidence of taking content knowledge test(s) in their area(s) of certification as required by the University Council on Teacher Education. In addition, students must submit a complete State/Federal Criminal Background History check and a Child Protection Registry check to the Office of Clinical Studies prior to the beginning of the student teaching placement.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
HDFS 425-070: Professional Development Seminar II (3 credits)
Continuation of HDFS424. Discussion-oriented and problem-centered seminar with emphasis on the role and contributions of the ECE professional; partnering with families in the development, care, and education of young children; building partnerships among families, agencies, schools, and communities; job search strategies; and professional portfolio development. This course will be taught in a hybrid format for study abroad students (in Newark pre-and post-program, and online during the time abroad).
HDFS 442-070: Advanced Inclusive Curriculum in Early Childhood II (3 credits)
Continuation of advanced study and application of child outcomes assessment, using assessment to guide curriculum planning, using technology to support curriculum and teaching of English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and the arts and social/emotional, fine and gross motor development. This course will be taught in a hybrid format for study abroad students (in Newark pre-and post-program, and online during the time abroad).
Prerequisite: HDFS 441
HDFS 449-070: Internship (10 credits) pass/fail
Practical, on-the-job experience at a site consistent with the student's career interests and goals. Earn 10 credits for 400 hours.
Prerequisite: COREQ: HDFS465.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Other: Capstone: Prof Practicum and Internship
Restrictions: Human Services majors only.
HDFS 465-070: Internship Seminar (2 credits)
Discusses professional development topics and includes critical reflection of the student's internship experience and professional goals.
Prerequisite: COREQ: HDFS449.
Restrictions: Human Services Majors only.
UNIV 373-029: Study Abroad: Athens HDFS International Internships (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Requirements
The International Student Teaching in Athens, Greece, is designed for senior Early Childhood Education majors for their second student teaching placement. Students will be provisionally approved pending successful completion of their first student teaching experience. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required, although candidates with slightly lower GPA’s may be considered if the rest of the application is strong and the candidate has shown improvement academically.

This program requires at least two recommendations, as well as two interviews: one with UD faculty and one online interview with staff from the local school.
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
Costs
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Spring Semester
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $(TBD).
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and CGPS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-October.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • CGPS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Estimated Tuition based on current year$6,365.00$17,080.00
Estimated Program FeeTBATBA
UD Registration & Activities Fee$0.00$0.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)TBATBA
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$(TBD)$(TBD)
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to http://www1.udel.edu/finaid/rates.html for the appropriate rates.
The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.
Scholarships
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
Deadlines
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onApril 27, 2021
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedSeptember 29, 2021
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-October
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Contacts
Norma Gaines-Hanks
Faculty Director
Human Development and Family Sciences
123 Alison Hal
302-831-8616
ngaines@udel.edu
Human Services majors should contact Dr. Gaines-Hanks
Lynn Worden
Faculty Director
Human Development and Family Sciences
107 AL Alison Hall
302-831-1922
worden@udel.edu

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.