The International PDS in Nürtingen, Germany provides opportunities for teacher education students across grade levels and academic disciplines to delve into Germany education and culture. Additionally, teachers from Germany are provided an opportunity to work and observe in American schools. Teacher candidates and faculty/staff travel to Germany every other summer for approximately two and a half weeks. Teachers from Germany visit Buffalo each spring semester for two weeks.
Nürtingen, Germany (view map) is a small, historic, town located near Stuttgart - the home of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche - in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany. With the Black Forest only an hour away, Nürtingen is surrounded by hills, valleys, parks, and vineyards. The average July temperature is 68°F with a daily average of over 15 hours of daylight. German is the national language.
The overall cost of the program includes: roundtrip flight, lodging with host families, group in-country transportation, group cultural/local excursions, weekend visit to Berlin, travel health insurance, and program administrative fees but does not include anticipated or unexpected personal expenses. The current program estimate is $3000. Final program costs are determined once all participants are enrolled. Some expenses are included in a one-time fee applied to Buffalo State tuition bill. Other expenses are paid separately by each student before and during travel.
Travel: June/July (2+ weeks) - dates TBD
Coursework: Spring semester
Application Period Opens: August
Application Deadline: November 1
Upcoming Visit from German Teachers
May 2022 (anticipated)
Buffalo State Leaders
Tamara Horstman-Riphahn, School of Education
John Carlino, School of Education
Applications are accepted through the School of Education during open application periods only (see above). Applicants must submit a completed application form, essay of intent, one academic reference, and a copy of past grades and current course registration. Handwritten applications are acceptable.
- Open to all current Buffalo State undergraduate or graduate students in teacher education - including those graduating the May prior travel
- Must maintain good academic standing
- Must be able to obtain passport
- Space permiting, this program is also open to area Pk-12 and university educators
Follow Germany participants as they experience life abroad.
View individual profiles of past participants - colorful demonstrations of the impact of IPDS programs on the personal and professional lives of our students.
Dan discusses what it means to be a “global educator” while working in German schools.
In addition to sending participants to Germany, the School of Education welcomes visitors from Germany to the United States. New teachers from Institute Nürtingen, along with their faculty leaders, spend two weeks in the Buffalo-area each spring semester.
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