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Center for International Studies announces two new study abroad programs

ATHENS, Ohio (March 15, 2006) -- Two new education abroad programs offer Ohio University students opportunities to live and study in Southeast Asia and Latin America. Southeast Asian Studies, in cooperation with the School of Telecommunications, has developed a study abroad program in Subang Jaya, Malaysia. Latin American Studies and the Department of Linguistics have developed a study abroad program that will let students work toward their Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification in Cuenca, Ecuador.

The TEFL Intensive Program in Cuenca will take place over the first summer session. In Cuenca, students will take three TEFL courses taught by U.S. professors at the Centers for Interamerican Studies. Students will take the additional two courses required for the TEFL certificate at the Ohio University campus. Ohio students will have the opportunity to practice the skills they are learning through a 40-hour practicum that includes classroom observations and practice teaching. The program is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students. Students will experience Ecuadorian life first-hand as they live with host families, participate in a rural education service learning project and travel to sites around the country. To qualify for the program students must have previous study abroad experience and an intermediate to high Spanish level. Applications for the Cuenca TEFL program are due the second week of spring quarter.

The 15-week Malaysia program will take place in the fall. In addition to taking courses at Taylor?s College, students will have the opportunity to learn about life in Malaysia?s multicultural and multireligious society through excursions in and around Kuala Lumpur, and at the end of their program the students will travel to the cultural heritage site Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Interested students must have sophomore, junior or senior status and at least a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for the program. Before participating in the program students must take the Introduction to Asia course.

According to Betsy Morley, assistant director of the Office of Education Abroad, both new programs provide wonderful learning opportunities for Ohio University students. "The Malaysia program fosters learning in a compelling and diverse country and allows us to offer one of the few programs set entirely in Malaysia," she said. "The Cuenca TEFL program represents a new and exciting way to combine the popular on-campus certificate program with an international, practical experience."

Students interested in the new study abroad programs must complete the application found online at www.ohiou.edu/studyabroad/application.html. Applicants who are nominated to participate in the study abroad program of their choice must participate in a program orientation on campus.

For more information about study abroad programs, visit www.ohiou.edu/studyabroad/programs.htm.

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Media Contact: To learn more about study abroad programs, contact Betsy Morley, assistant director of the Office of Education Abroad, (740) 597-2721 or morley@ohio.edu. For more information on the Malaysia program, contact Karla Schneider, assistant director of Southeast Asian Studies, (740) 593-1841 or schneidk@ohio.edu. For more information on the Cuenca TEFL program, contact Betsy Partyka, director of Latin American Studies and associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages, (740) 593-2764 or partyka@ohiou.edu.

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