Study Abroad

Certificate in TEFL

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is one of the fastest-growing educational fields in the world.

Kent State is one of few institutions in the nation offering a hands-on, comprehensive certificate program in TEFL. As part of the program, students are required to teach abroad in Dresden, Germany, where they gain experience as English teachers while immersing themselves in another culture.

Stories of eye-opening interactions, culturally diverse friendships and new global perspectives answer the question: Can two weeks in a foreign country truly alter a student’s life?

I arrived after having not slept for nearly two days. I was drained from a friend’s wedding, had layovers in Toronto and Frankfurt that were just long enough to not afford me time to nap, and I have never been able to sleep on planes. After negotiating an overpriced cab ride from the airport, I was riding in the backseat of a Fiat, just minutes away from what I had been promised was one of the great cultural achievements of the world, Florence. I found it, at this point, unremarkable.

The School of Communication Studies hosts three exchange students from Lisbon, Portugal this semester who are participating in the Global Scholar Exchange program. 

Maria Pimentel is a first-year graduate student focusing her studies on media and journalism. She received a degree in advertising and marketing from the IADE Creative University in Lisbon. She hopes to work in advertising for entertainment television upon graduation. 

Three communication studies graduate students recently returned from Lisbon, Portugal after studying abroad in the School of Communication Studies’ Global Scholar Exchange program during the Fall of 2015. 

Have you considered that studying abroad could be just as accessible as domestic study? Graduate students now have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester (Fall 2016) in Lisbon, Portugal by way of the Global Scholar Exchange Program. Although this study abroad program is focused toward Communication Studies students, other CCI students may apply with advisor approval.

The curriculum for the semester at the prestigious Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) includes classes taught in English with a focus in global media systems. Course options include:

Fifty Kent State University students from the College of Communication and Information participated in education abroad programs in Europe this spring, visiting Northern Ireland, Ireland and England in May.

Fifty Kent State University students from the College of Communication and Information participated in education abroad programs in Europe this spring, visiting Northern Ireland, Ireland and England in May.

This May, JMC students are taking their communications talents across the pond. Twenty students in the Global Advertising and Public Relations course are traveling to Dublin and London May 14-30, 2015.

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