Study Abroad

Explore the world with the School of Education

Embarking on a study abroad program is not just a simple trip; it is a transformative experience that will broaden your horizons and enrich your understanding of the world. At the School of Education in Indianapolis, we believe in the power of experiential learning outside the confines of a traditional classroom. Our programs are designed to immerse students in new cultural experiences, challenge their perspectives, and ultimately, shape them into global citizens.

An intellectual and cultural adventure

Transformative impact

When you participate in a study abroad program with us, you are not just gaining academic knowledge – you are embarking on an intellectual and cultural adventure. You will have the opportunity to engage with diverse perspectives, immerse yourself in new ways of thinking, and develop a deeper understanding of global issues. By stepping outside of your comfort zone and exploring unfamiliar territories, you will not only expand your intellectual horizons but also gain a newfound appreciation for different cultures and ways of life.

Studying abroad has the power to change the way you see the world, other people, and yourself. It allows you to step out of your comfort zone, confront challenges, and discover strengths you never knew you had. The experiences you gain while studying abroad will not only enhance your academic knowledge but also shape your personal growth and perspective on life. You will return home with a renewed sense of self, a broader worldview, and a deeper appreciation for diversity.

From Indianapolis to Ghana

Photo: Ghana study abroad group in front of Kakum Canopy Walkway in Ghana.
Dr. Tina O'Neal leads short-term study abroad program to Ghana

Dr. Tina O’Neal, a renowned expert in urban and special education, is currently at the helm of a groundbreaking new study abroad program. This past summer, she embarked in leading a group of six urban education students on an inaugural short-term study abroad program to Ghana, a country in west Africa.

This program is the result of a new partnership forged between the Indiana University School of Education in Indianapolis, the University of Ghana, and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The primary goal of this collaboration is to provide professional development opportunities in inclusive education to Ghanaian educators. Moreover, the program aims to broaden the perspectives of IU Indianapolis students on urban education by placing them in a global context.

IU News article on Ghana study abroad

Ghana study abroad program interviews

Before the short-term study abroad trip, the School of Education sat down with students, faculty member Dr. Tina O'Neal and Dean Tambra Jackson, to ask them a few questions!

Africa Study Abroad Program Interview - Dr. Tina O'Neal and Dean Tambra O. Jackson, Ph.D.

Africa Study Abroad Program Interview - School of Education Students

Support students on their journey

Photo: The inaugural group that travelled to Ghana in May 2024 alongside Dean Tambra Jackson.

Dean Tambra Jackson's vision for the School of Education

Contributing to the Dean's Fund will play a crucial role in advancing Dean Tambra Jackson's priorities and vision for the School of Education. By supporting the Dean's Fund, you are ensuring that there are unrestricted resources available to help the school remain innovative and competitive.

Dean Jackson's vision includes advancing teaching, research, and community engagement with faculty
and staff. It is through the Dean's Fund that these
goals can be achieved, allowing the School of
Education to thrive and excel in its mission.

Since taking the helm, Dean Jackson has invested in the Ghana Study Abroad program, which has been approved for a three-year period. As part of the Ghana Study Abroad program, representatives from the School of Education, including undergraduate students and a graduate assistant, will have the opportunity to travel to Ghana for a two-week immersive experience. It is through initiatives like these that the School of Education continues to push boundaries and foster a culture of excellence.

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