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Explore the World

Students in the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) can engage in authentic and meaningful ways with different cultures around the world. Below are a few of the international opportunities available for students in our college. Open the accordions to learn more and reach out if you are interested.

Azores Islands in Portugal

“The Azores trip was an amazing experience. It opened my interest even further for working with children, and I was in awe over some of the progressive ways they handle child protection." —Xochi Calero '19

This course brings students to the Azores Islands in Portugal to gain a global perspective on culturally diverse strategies for building resilience, enhancing equity, and responding to trauma and adversity. With a focus on family-professional partnerships, students visit several educational, health, and/or social service agencies to experience and gain a better understanding of their work and policies.

Students engage in a community-engaged service-learning project to learn about local responses to adversity through relationships with children, families, and others. This experiential approach helps students integrate their previous and accumulating knowledge with contextualized experience to expand understanding of a multitude of global perspectives. Lectures by local experts from the region and deep discussion complement service-learning experiences. Students also compare the local systems with their counterparts in the continental United States.

In addition, students enhance their professional experiences with families, schools, and communities through outdoor and adventure education and place-based cultural experiences. Experiences in outdoor environments across the island capitalize on learning environments that embrace local culture, celebrations, and practices.

Please contact Shana Haines or Jessica Strolin-Goltzman for more information.

New Zealand

Engage in our exciting Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Educators Partnership in New Zealand. Attend classes on the AUT campus, participate in a practicum internship in New Zealand public schools, experience the beautiful New Zealand landscape, and make lifelong friendships.

Vist the UVM in Auckland webpage for more information.

“Traveling to New Zealand was a great opportunity to see the world and an even better opportunity to see how another culture teaches children. My semester abroad was the best one of my college career because of how much I learned about myself and others.” —Hailey Miliziano '25


The Reggio Emilia Approach

This course runs for one week in the spring as set by Reggio Children along with the Municipality of Reggio Emilia and is course that offers Early Childhood PreK-Grade 3 and Art Education students the opportunity to examine and reflect on their roles and experiences through in-depth readings and participation in the travel experience. Students will reflect on the political, cultural, social, and educational values in evidence and how these values and beliefs are reflected in the daily practice of the Municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools. Study groups meet at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center and have access to the exhibition hall, the auditorium, and meeting rooms, the atelier/workshop spaces, and the Center for Documentation and Educational Research. The program gives visibility to the values of the Reggio Emilia Approach through a combination of visits to schools, presentations, meetings, and exchanges of experiences.

Rome: The birthplace of various revolutionary inclusive education practices

Through study abroad in Rome, students can gain hands-on experience in local classrooms and an inside look at global topics affecting the education world today. Learn about the historical roots of Italy’s educational policies and discover the international impact of Italian pedagogues like Maria Montessori, Loris Malaguzzi, and Don Lorenzo Milani. As part of the coursework, students spend time in schools in Rome and Reggio Emilia observing best practices and seeing the Montessori and Reggio Emilia approaches at work.

Please reach out to UVM's Office of International Education for more more information if you are interested.  

Finland: Two Options

In Helsinki and Oulu, discover how the arts are embedded in the Finnish education system. Travel to Helsinki and Oulu, explore museums and galleries, tour schools and artists' studios, attend performances, participate in hands-on creative workshops, and experience Finnish culture. Please email Erika White to learn more.

"Our trip to Finland was one of the greatest experiences I could hope to have to better my future teaching career. Many moments from the trip are ones that I look back on as a reference from my studies and outlook on education." - Ashley Bertolino '20

At Oulu Applied Sciences University (OAK), join an interdisciplinary team of students from education, business, and computer science to tackle complex problems through the development of new educational technology. Please email Kieran Killeen if you are interested.


To learn about our new study abroad opportunity in France, please email Juliet Halladay.

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Other Opportunities

You may also explore many other study abroad opportunities by visiting UVM's Office of International Education website.

Financial Assistance

Learn about financial aid and scholarships available for studying abroad.

Need Help?

Your academic advisor will be happy to guide you in your exploration of study abroad opportunities. You can also contact our Office of Student Services at cessstsv@uvm.edu.


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