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 student teachers
Contact: Nancy Chicola
Accepting applications for spring 2023 (travel July 2023).
Contact: Tamara Horstman-Riphahn
Virtual partnership through department
Contact: Sue McMillen
Accepting applications for spring 2023 student teachers.
Contact: Nancy Chicola
Collaboration with The Anne Frank Project
Recruiting for summer 2022 program.
Contact: Drew Kahn
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 programs (Myanmar, Rwanda) are 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.
General Application Process for IPDS Programs:
This process applies only to IPDS programs. For our partner programs, check the individual country pages.
Applicants DO NOT enroll in the course nor complete applications via the Study Abroad website until they have been pre-selected by the program leaders through the process listed above. IPDS applications can be accessed at the country-specific program webpage.
General IPDS Application Periods:
There are scholarships and funds available to help students participate in international programs. Below are several opportunities available through Buffalo State and other organizations. Be sure to also look for scholarships on your own through community organizations and groups.
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