Beginning in 1991, the SUNY Buffalo State PDS focused its efforts on local school partnerships to prepare and support educators in the Western, NY region. In recent years the classrooms of our school partners have experienced significant cultural and linguistic changes that reflect national demographic changes. To more effectively prepare new teachers for this changing educational context, IPDS was developed by utilizing the existing PDS structures. Through the international contacts of our education faculty, IPDS was established in 2012 with two short-term, faculty-led study away programs. IPDS now includes PK-12 school partnerships across five continents, including programs for teacher candidates, student teachers, experienced educators, as well as virtual connections.
Accepting applications for spring 2023 (travel July 2023).
Contact: Tamara Horstman-Riphahn
Accepting applications for 2023 program.
Contact: Drew Kahn
Accepting applications for fall and spring student teachers. Contact: Nancy Chicola
All IPDS programs are open to all Buffalo State graduate and undergraduate teacher candidates, including programs at all grade levels and within any subject area. Some programs are also open to other (non-teacher education) disciplines and school partners. Our collaborative partner program (Rwanda) is open to all disciplines as well as alumni and community members.
The application process and acceptance period varies depending on the program. While some programs travel annually, others are held every other year. Check the individual program page for full details, deadlines and travel/course dates.
- This process does not apply to the Rwanda program; check the Rwanda page for application details.
- Applicants DO NOT enroll in the course nor do they complete anything via the Study Abroad website until they have been pre-selected by the program leaders through the process listed above. The IPDS application can be accessed at the country-specific program webpage.
Scholarships and funds are available to help students participate in international programs. Below are several opportunities available through Buffalo State. Be sure to look for scholarships on your own through community organizations and groups.
- Managed through the Financial Aid Office. Once you have completed the General Application you will be auto-matched to scholarships that you immediately qualify for – no further action is required.
- To request funding from your dean and department chair to help cover travel expenses associated with your participation in an IPDS program. Managed by the School of Education Office of the Dean. Submit completed form to Tamara Horstman-Riphahn in Bacon 306.
- To request funding to support research completed while participating in an IPDS program. Funds provided through the Nancy Chicola Scholarship Fund and the IPDS/IGPE Scholarship Fund. Managed by the School of Education Office of the Dean. Submit completed form to Tamara Horstman-Riphahn in Bacon 306.
- To provide financial awards to students participating in international study programs and to contribute to promotional activities for these programs. Funds provided by generous alumni and other donors. Managed by the Study Away office. Submit completed form to Melissa Holland in South Wing 430.
- To request funding to support participation in international service-learning or international volunteer experiences. Funds provided through the Edgar H. Turkle International Volunteer and Service-Learning Scholarship. Managed by the Civic and Community Engagement office. Submit completed form to the Civic and Community Engagement Office in South Wing 10.
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