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  • Locations: Kassel, Germany
  • Program Terms: January
  • Budget Sheets: January
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
January 2018 10/02/2017 10/02/2017 01/04/2018 01/20/2018
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Education, Environmental Science, Physics Program Type: UMBC Faculty-led Program
Housing Options: Hotel GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Faculty Leader: Dr. Jonathan Singer
Estimated Cost of Attendance:
Program Description:
STEM Student Learning: US- German Comparison
EDUC 310 (3 credits)
January 4 - January 20, 2018

Dr. Jonathan Singer (bio) Jonathan Singer, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor & Chair in the Department of Education at UMBC.  He holds a BA degree in Biochemistry from Brown University (1989), MAT in Secondary Biology Teaching from Colgate University(1992)  and his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Science Education) from the University of Missouri-Columbia (1997). His research agenda focuses on the integration of technology to support student inquiry and received several grants from NSF and the US DOE supporting these endeavors. Dr Singer also directs  the NSF-funded Noyce Scholars Program at UMBC, which is designed to recruit STEM students into the field of education. 
Course Overview 
This course is built on a partnership between UMBC and Kassel University in Kassel, Germany. KasselEDUC 310 - Inquiry into Education (3 credits) introduces reflective practices as a foundation for the study of teaching and learning. Inquiry as a way of learning about schools, as well as about self as teacher and learning, will be explored through reflection on students' experiences with children and schooling. The macro- and micro-sociocultural contexts of education across diverse settings will be examined. Students will draw upon anthropological and sociological research methods to study the dynamics of classrooms, schools and communities. Field experiences are required in this course.

Note: This course is open to students from all majors but preference is given to students in STEM or Education fields. No German language experience is necessary. 

About the University:
Founded in 1971, the University of Kassel is the newest university in the state of Hessen. Current enrollment is approximately 23,000 students. The school itself is known to have one of the most attractive campuses in all of Germany as many of the buildings of Kassel are in fact castles. Teaching styles at the university are characterized by close contact between students and teachers as well as practical applications of classroom material. Other attractive features of the University include its abundance of student hostels and cafeterias.

About the City of Kassel : 

Kassel is located in the heart of Germany and Europe. It is the capital of the German Fairy Tale Route and the home of the world's most famous contemporary art exhibit. The city is a blend of cultural activities and and outdoor lifestyle. Kassel offers a variety of leisure activities and museums as well as the renowned Wilhelmshöhe Mountain Park, recently named an UNESCO world heritage site. 
Tentative Itinerary*:
Prior to travel, two classes (3 hours) will be held on the UMBC campus in preparation for the program on-site. One class will be held back at UMBC after the students return to the US.
 Wednesday, January 3rd: Depart USA
Thursday, January 4th: Arrive in Germany; arranged airport pick-up & transfer via train in Kassel; Introductions to Kassel University
 Friday, January 5th: Lecture: German Education System
Saturday, January 6th: Local cultural visits (arranged by UMBC)
Sunday, January 7th: Free Day
Monday, January 8th: Goals of the German Curriculum; Presentation of next day Observation meeting
Tuesday, January 9th: Classroom observation curriculum and assessment debriefing
Wednesday, January 10th: Instructional strategies in specific subjects; Presentation of observation training
Thursday, January 11th: Classroom observation of instruction debriefing
Friday, January 12th: Individual meetings on papers
Saturday, January 13thBerlin Excursion- Depart for Berlin; Arrive in Berlin; Walking tour of Berlin city center *Night in Berlin
Sunday, January 14thBerlin Excursion- Berlin Underworld Tour; Return to Kassel
Monday, January 15th: Discussion of classroom management- prevention and intervention; Presentation of observation
Tuesday, January 16th: Classroom observation of management debriefing
Wednesday, January 17th: Assessment of student learning across school years
Thursday, January 18th: Observation/reviews- debriefing
Friday, January 19th: Debriefing- comparing systems reports from papers
Saturday, January 20th: Return to USA; arranged airport drop-off
Included in program fee: 
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off in Germany
  • On-site transportation
  • On-site orientation
  • Teaching costs
  • Hotel housing and daily breakfast
  • Excursion to Berlin
  • Guided tours and entrance fees
  • Health Insurance
Not Included in program fee:
  • International airfare
  • Passport
  • Individual transportation with the host city ( taxis, buses)
  • Personal spending money
  • Lunch and dinner

Join us for upcoming informational sessions on this course!
All  sessions are held in Sherman A Wing, Room 208
Wednesday September 6, 12-1
Wednesday September 13, 12 -1
Thursday September 14 3-4
Course applications due October 2, 2017
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