Stranmillis University College Teacher Education
About Stranmillis University College Teacher Education, Northern Ireland
The Stranmillis University College Teacher Education program is an Instant Response program
What the Stranmillis University College Teacher Education program has to offer
We look forward to working with you! You can learn more about Stranmillis University College by visiting their website.
Pre-service teacher program
School-based service is at the heart of the Stranmillis teaching and learning philosophy, so each student will be able to actively apply classroom and theoretical knowledge with practical experience at a school in Belfast. Students spend approximately 25 percent of their time working directly with local pupils. Supervision is provided by Stranmillis teacher education faculty.
IFSA-Butler will assist students with the process of verifying that course selections meet degree program approval and state requirements for teacher education licensure. IFSA-Butler will also advise applicants about the process for obtaining a police clearance for Northern Ireland before departure.
As one of the only international programs available to pre-service teachers, the Stranmillis structure will give students the skills necessary to manage the increasingly culturally diverse North American classrooms they will encounter in their professional careers.
Can I participate in practical education work?
Is additional documentation required to participate in the practical education work?
Where can I find a list of courses that Stranmillis offers?
Are other subjects available at Stranmillis?
What if I need to take a required course?
What courses am I eligible to take?
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
10 Stranmillis credits = 2.5 U.S. Semester Credit Hours
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
What are my housing options?
Are meals provided?
For spring students, meals are not available in university dining for three weeks over the Easter break. However, cooking facilities will still be available in Stranmillis housing during this time.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Dates & Fees
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Students must have a round trip ticket to enter the country. Please use the program end date when initially booking your return.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Program Fee Bills
† Housing Deposit
**The housing component of our program fee includes daily breakfast and dinner.
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. Rates are current as of 12/9/2016.
They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Student visa: Students who plan to teach or volunteer in a classroom as part of the Stranmillis program must obtain a PBS Tier 4 student visa from the U.K. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.
**Meals: The program fee includes daily breakfast and dinner.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Northern Ireland:
Program Advisor Kendall Hook assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Kendall studied abroad twice during her undergraduate career, in Florence, Italy for a summer term, and London, England for a semester internship program. In addition, she has personally traveled all over Europe and the U.K. She graduated from Baylor University and completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University, specifically concentrating on International Education Policy Management. She is very excited to help students find their fit, plan their own study abroad adventures and help them step outside of their comfort zone. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4205.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Academic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.
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Peace & Conflict
IFSA-Butler offers the opportunity to take a course in Peace and Conflict, one of the most important fields of the 21st century. Centered in a location where both peace and conflict have shaped the culture, politics, economics and life of a country, this course gives an overview of the historical and cultural context of Northern Ireland's "Troubles" and the opportunity to examine the ongoing impact of social conflict and resolution on individuals, families and communities.
The IFSA-Butler Peace and Conflict course, Peace and Conflict: The Irish Question 1600-2012, traces the origins and development of the Irish Question from the Ulster Plantation of the 17th century to the present day. This course also includes 20 hours of community-based learning, comprised of working in schools located in areas where "The Troubles" were once part of daily life. There also will be required day-long excursions to locations such as the city of Derry and the Bogside.
The course is worth 5 U.S. semester credit hours and will take the place of one university course.
Several Stranmillis students created blogs to share their stories about life and student teaching in Northern Ireland. Click on the links below to read more about these students' unique educational and cultural experiences:
Stranmillis news article about an IFSA-Butler participants: