Going Abroad: Students taking part in the Education Programme (B.Ed.)
"I decided to take a year out after my second year and work as a language assistant in Germany, to improve my German and teaching skills. I lived with such a welcoming family, who included me in different aspects of their family life."
Aisling, B.Ed. student at MIC, language assistantship in Beeskow, Brandenburg
Students taking part in the Education Programme with German as their academic subject have the possibility to take a year out after their second year and work or study in a German speaking country. Although this is not an obligatory part of the Bachelor of Education Degree Programme, experience has shown that B.Ed. students considerably profit from a stay abroad in various ways. B.Ed. students also have the possibility to conduct their Additional Educational Experience abroad.
The introduction of modern languages into the National Curriculum for Irish primary schools implies the need for qualified and experienced language teachers. Without doubt, a longer stay abroad contributes to a comprehensive understanding of a foreign language and will thus enable B.Ed. graduates to teach the language in an authentic and encouraging way. Furthermore, profound linguistic and cultural competence in a modern European language such as German gives graduates the chance to find employment in Central Europe as well, for example in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Additionally, a year abroad does not only enrich students' professional lives, but also contributes to their personal development. The experiences gained abroad will help students to become an open-minded and autonomous person and will enable them to see not only foreign cultures, but also their own culture with different eyes.
Students wishing to spend a shorter period of time abroad also have the possibility to conduct their Additional Educational Experience abroad. For further information on the possibilities for B.Ed. students to work or study in a German speaking country, click below:
Studying in Germany, Austria or Switzerland
Working in Germany, Austria or Switzerland
Additional Educational Experience in Germany, Austria or Switzerland
Summer Schools and Summer Jobs in Germany