Stranmillis University College Student Teaching Internships
About Stranmillis University College Student Teaching Internships
The Stranmillis University College Student Teaching Internship program is an Instant Response program
The Stranmillis University College Student Teaching Internship is an ideal way to undertake student teaching while gaining valuable intercultural experience. The program is based at Stranmillis University College, a renowned teacher education college in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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.
IFSA-Butler's student teaching internship program at Stranmillis University College offers education majors an unparalleled opportunity to undertake student teaching abroad. As one of the only international programs available to pre-service teachers, the Stranmillis structure gives students the skills necessary to manage the increasingly culturally diverse North American classrooms they will encounter in their professional careers.
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 50 percent of their time working directly with local pupils. The other half of the program will incorporate learning through related lectures, workshops and classroom observations. Supervision is provided by Stranmillis teacher education faculty.
IFSA-Butler will assist students with the process of verifying that the program meets 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.
This program focuses exclusively on student teaching, rather than classroom-based instruction. If you are interested in combining student teaching or other practical classroom experiences with education courses, we recommend our Stranmillis University College Teacher Education program.
Grades and Credits
How will I be graded for this program?
How many credits will I earn on this program?
Because of this program's structure, you will not take exams abroad. Your grade will be based solely on the evaluation of your student teaching internship.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
What are my housing options?
Are meals provided?
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
Fall 2017 dates will be posted in March 2017.
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.
Program housing is available only until the program end date.
Fall 2017 program fees will be available on or before April 15, 2017.
Payment Due: July 1
Program Fee Bills
† Housing Deposit
**The housing component of our program fee includes daily breakfast and dinner.
Personal Cost Estimates
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 must obtain a PBS Tier 4 student visa from the U.K. in order to teach in a local classroom. 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.
Due to the shorter duration of this program, Stranmillis Student Teaching Internships participants have a different schedule of excursions than other Northern Ireland students. Program excursions, events and support activities include:
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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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 participant frrom Virginia: