Dating back to the 13th century, Jönköping is the tenth largest city in Sweden with a population of approximately 120,000 inhabitants. Situated near the second largest lake in Sweden, Lake Vättern, Jönköping is surrounded by rolling hills speckled with lakes, forests and farms. Jönköping was strategically located 200 miles from Stockholm and 100 miles from Gothenburg, making the city a popular venue for exhibitions and conferences. There is plenty to do in and around Jönköping, including shopping, boating, and various cultural activities. Jönköping University is a growing center of higher education.
This short-term program is designed specifically for Penn State students in the English as a Second Language certificate program, which prepares Penn State students in teacher education programs to meet the needs of ESL learners in the K-12 schools. Students will spend approximately four weeks during the month of May in Jönköping, Sweden and will fulfill the requirements of a 3-credit hour Penn State course, World Languages Education (WL ED) 483. This course, which may also be taken in residence on Penn State's campus, comprises a field experience for students to work in cooperation with primary or secondary school teachers to meet the needs of ESL learners. On this program, Penn State students will be directly supervised by faculty at Jonkoping University while working in local Swedish schools. They will also be responsible for completing reflections and other assignments associated with the WL ED 483 course and submitting these electronically to an assigned Penn State course instructor. Program participants will simultaneously gain practical experience teaching ESL learners while also working in the education system of another country and developing their own intercultural capabilities.
Indeed, the Swedish context is unique in that the emphasis placed on English nationwide means that all children in the primary and secondary schools study the language but that adults the Penn State students will encounter at the university and elsewhere will all all be highly proficient in English. In the view of the ESL certificate program faculty, such international experience is invaluable for promoting future teachers' awareness of and sensitivity to the cultural and linguistic processes and struggles that mark ESL learner development. It is worth noting that as the course WL ED 483 is an intensive field experience, the majority of Penn State students' time will be spent in Swedish schools, although they will also have opportunities for seminar discussions with the supervising faculty member from Jonkoping University.
To learn how the course on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser, or email Professor Matthew Poehner to schedule a study abroad advising meeting.
To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken on this program, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State. Program Course (enroll in 3 credits):
WL ED 483: Evaluating Schools Performances and Programs with English Language Learners (ELLS)
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Second semester sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
- Successful completion of WL ED 300 or WL ED 400 before program start
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, please first contact Professor Matthew Poehner in the College of Education. For questions about the education abroad application, etc., schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
Special Application Instructions
This program is facilitated by the College of Education, and is designed for students in the English as a Second Language certificate program. Students must have met all standard student prerequisites prior to departure.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
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