Germany: PHSG (Education Practicum)
GVSU has been partnered with PHSG since 2006. This partnership began with collaborations between GVSU's Sociology Department and has expanded to include the entire College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. Students can participate in a number of collaborative programs such as: faculty-led summer program, semester exchange, and a 6-week school placement. Founded as a teacher training university, most students at PHSG are training to be teachers.
K-12 Placements are arranged in English-speaking classrooms in Germany.
Students interested in a school placement through one of PHSG's school partnerships must contact Sherie Klee (Williams) in the College of Education, willishe@GVSU.edu, to learn how this can fit into your academic program.
Program Dates and Application Deadline
Estimated Program Dates: November 2018 - December 2018
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019 (Closed)
Estimated Program Dates: March 2020 - April 2020
Application Deadline: September 10, 2019
Estimated Program Dates: November 2020 - December 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020
Estimated Program Dates: March 2021 - April 2021
Application Deadline: September 10, 2020 (Opens December 1, 2019)
Students will complete the 2nd half of EDI 430 or EDI 431 course abroad in a 6-week placement in Germany. Students are also expected to complete a course called EDF 320 during the semester they will be abroad.
PHSG will assist students in finding accommodation.
Cost and Scholarships
Students are responsible for the cost of their flight, housing, food, various university fees, and recreation. The approximate cost is around $4000.
Students must be accepted into the College of Education and approved for student teaching.
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Campus Info / Campus Life
PHSG offers a small campus environment where students are easily integrated into a variety of campus activities. Students will live in housing that is a short walk to the main campus. Near the residence halls, students will have access to a local grocery store for those daily provisions. Downtown Schwaebisch Gmund is just a 10 minute bus ride from campus where students will have access to a variety of shops, restaurants, historical sites, and other small town amenities.
US citizens who will be in Germany fewer than 90 days do not need to apply for a student visa.
Students typically fly into Stuttgart. There is a subway terminal at the airport which will take you to the Stuttgart Central Station. From there you can take a train to Schwäbisch Gmünd which takes about 1 hour. From the Schwäbisch Gmünd station, students can either take a bus or a taxi to the University. It is common that PHSG will have representatives waiting at the train station in Schwäbisch Gmünd to help students get to their housing. The bus from the SG train station is about a 10-15 minute journey to the housing complex. PHSG will supply additional details in the Study Guide they will send you. Students are advised not to arrive on a weekend or a bank holiday.
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