Is It Right for You?

Cultural immersion projects are challenging, but are excellent for students who want a broader student teaching experience. A cultural immersion may be right for you if you are not concerned about being away from your family or work obligations for at least two months, are able to manage the program fees and travel and living expenses, and have solid professional and personal objectives for what you want to get out of the experience.

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Cultural Immersion Project

As a student in IUPUC’s Teacher Education Program (TEP), you can participate in an immersive multicultural project for an even more enriching and rewarding student teaching experience.

Cultural Immersion Projects are administered by the Indiana University School of Education in Bloomington. A representative from the program visits IUPUC each fall so you can learn more about this exciting opportunity.

This challenging option requires a two-year commitment, beginning with a preparation phase comprised of monthly classes, reading assignments, and a workshop. Once you begin the project, you will spend at least eight weeks away from your IUPUC home campus. It also includes a two-year commitment.

With this option, you will have one student teaching placement in a general education K–6 classroom in a local school district and a second placement arranged through the immersion program.

Locations

If approved, you will spend part or all of your final semester away from IUPUC and work with students from a different cultural background in their own classrooms. Choose from three experiences:

  • The Overseas Project provides student placements in countries like Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Turkey, Wales, and/or others.
  • The American Indian Reservation Project includes placements on Navajo reservations in Arizona, New Mexico, or Utah.
  • The Urban Project offers placements in the Chicago Public Schools.

Some financial aid may be available to defray travel and living expenses, but you must have the means to pay for the experience.

Arrangements

If you wish to participate in a Cultural Immersion Project, you will complete a program-specific application in addition to what is required by IUPUC. To discuss your options, contact the Office of Teacher Education in the IU School of Education in Bloomington by calling 812.856.8500 or e-mailing edhelp@indiana.edu.