Texas State Updates: Study Abroad in Korea

Korea TaLK Program helps
students teach, study abroad

In addition to faculty-led trips and university exchange programs, Texas State students and recent graduates now have yet another option for participating in study abroad experiences.

The Institute of International Education, an educational non-profit organization created in 1919, in conjunction with the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology offers the Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) Program, an international exchange program designed to bring more American students to Korea.

“As Texas State renews its commitment to internationalization, students and alums may find this opportunity of great interest from both a personal and professional perspective,” says Dr. Debbie Thorne, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas State.

The TaLK Program, open to both undergraduate students and recent college graduates, funds 300 TaLK Scholars each semester to teach conversational English in rural Korean elementary schools. The program provides a one-month orientation for the TaLK scholars in addition to round-trip airfare, a settling-in allowance, a monthly living stipend of approximately $1,300, health insurance and organized trips to historical locations in Korea.

“A chance to live abroad can be a life-changing experience for students,” says Dr. Ani Yazedjian, a professor of family and consumer sciences at Texas State. “Living in another culture can not only allow students to develop a better understanding of life in a different part of the world, but can also provide them opportunities to learn about themselves. Negotiating the challenges of life abroad can be an invaluable skill set that can serve someone well in the future, regardless of where they are living or what they are doing. Experiencing the joys of life abroad can lead to a greater appreciation and understanding of our shared humanity.”

For more information on the TaLK program, visit the TaLK Program website. Applications must be submitted by June for the term beginning in August 2011 and by December for the term beginning in February 2012. Additional information for the program is available via e-mail request to talkkoreapr@gmail.com.

For more information about other study abroad programs offered through Texas State, contact the Study Abroad Office at 512.245.1967 or studyabroad@txstate.edu.

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