RUSSIAN FAR EAST
Southeast's College of Education and Ussuriysk State Pedagogical Institute have developed an agreement to exchange students for the purposes of learning about education in one another's cultures. If you are interested in learning about Russian education and culture while teaching in an English-medium classroom, this would be an ideal place for you to complete your 2nd eight week teaching experience.
THE CITY OF USSURIYSK
The city of Ussuriysk was founded in 1898 from two neighboring settlements, Nikolskoye Village and Ketritsevo Community. Its original name was Nikolsk-Ussuriysky. In 1935 it was changed to Voroshilov, and 1957 the city has been renamed again to Ussuriysk.
Its convenient geographic position in the center of the Prikhankaiskaya Plain, near Lake Khanka, is favorable for farming and agriculture, which has predetermined the economic orientation of the city. Therefore, municipal industry centers on the processing of food and agricultural produce, such as vegetable oils and margarine, butter from soybeans, maize, and sunflower seeds, and sugar that supplies the entire region. Other agriculture-related industries in the Primorsky Region are wheat mills, breweries, meatpacking plants, and tanneries.
The engineering industry is known by for its wood processing equipment, refrigerators, and laundry appliances. The enamelware made in Ussuriysk is exported to other countries. Local repair works give new life to diesel and electric locomotives, combines and automobiles. Furniture and garment factories add to the city's prosperity. Ussuriysk is an important railway and highway junction. It connects the Primorsky Region and the People's Democratic Republic of Korea and China. It accommodates locomotive, carriage, and refrigerator-van servicing for the southeastern section of the Trans-Siberian Railroad.
Ussuriysk is an administrative and cultural center. Its science potential accounts for a number of research institutions working for agriculture, such as the Primorsky Agricultural Research Institute, Mountain-Aiga Station, Far Eastern State Engineering Station, and Plant Protection Station. Higher Education is well represented by teaching and agricultural, automobile engineering trade schools and institutions. Multiple colleges prepare specialists for agriculture and railroad engineering, medical, and social purposes. Suvorov Military School is very popular among the high school graduates. The Ussuriysky Preserve and the Sun Service Station, the most Eastern astronomic station in Russia, are located in Ussuriysk.
USSURIYSK STATE PEDAGOGICAL INSTITUTE
The Ussuriysk State Pedagogical Institute (UPSI) is one of the oldest educational institutions in Russian Far East. It was founded in 1935 and is famous for its high academic standards. There are about 3.5 thousand full time students at the Institute. There are 3 departments at the primary education faculty: primary and pre-school education, social pedagogy and art. Above, is pictured the main building of the UPSI, where the faculty of foreign languages is placed. It has 3 departments: English, French and German. There are also secondary education departments.
This program is open to Block IV students in elementary, early childhood, exceptional child, middle, and secondary education. The Block IV program provides students with unique opportunities to work in English-medium classrooms within the public schools in Ussuriysk, or if highly fluent in Russian, to work in a typical public school classroom.
The program provides participants with a unique opportunity to live in Far East Russia, study Russian education at the Ussuriysk State Pedagogical Institute and work in schools in the region. The program also includes cultural visits and opportunities to explore the natural beauty of the region. For example, participants will (1) receive an overview of Russian Education by professors at the Ussuriysk State Pedagogical Institute and tour of campus, (2) visit urban, rural, and specialized schools in the region, (3) tour Vladivostok, the seaside, and the All-Russian Pioneer Camp, (4) tour Ussuriysk City, the farmer’s market, (5) tour the forest preserves, and (6) take part in a variety of cultural activities.
Block IV students receive credit for the second eight weeks of student teaching.
Block IV – Second half of fall semester (mid-October to end of semester) or second half of spring semester (mid-March to the end of the semester). 8 weeks total. The program is arranged so that you arrive back to the states in time for graduation. Students are also able to travel independently after the official end of their program, if they so desire.
Open to all Block IV Early Childhood, Elementary, Exceptional Child, Middle, and Secondary students. Applicants must have finished all of their professional coursework and blocks, including special blocks such as Early Childhood and Special Education, as well as completion of all professional portfolio/TWS requirements at the end of Block III. Only students who have shown exemplary academic performance should apply for this challenging program. Our past experiences also inform us that students have higher success rates with their international student teaching when with another friend or small group. It is also advised that you have some basics in Russian language before going.
SE303 STUDY ABROAD SEMINAR
All students planning to participate in this program must enroll in this class the semester before their student teaching semester. This seminar provides students with information about travel procedures, the host culture and educational structures. This course must be successfully completed the semester prior to the Block IV semester.
SCHOOL PLACEMENTS AND SUPERVISION
Placements for this program are made by the supervising professor at Ussuriysk State Pedagogical Institute. You will be placed in an English-medium classroom if you lack sufficient language competencies in Russian, or would be placed in a traditional Russian-medium classroom if fluent in Russian. It is also advised that if you do not know any Russian at the time of application, that you study it during the year leading up to your experience. Knowing the basics of any language can facilitate your comfort level entering a new culture and in getting on with your host country peers.
HOUSING AND TRANSPORT
You will have three options for housing: (1) live on-campus in a residence hall, (2) stay with a Russian family, or (3) rent an apartment with other participants. You will have access to university facilities regardless of the type of housing you choose. To get to your school, you will either use public transportation or walk when the school is nearby.
ISEA Membership/Insurance: Health and Travel
Since you are receiving college credit for this seminar, there are many ways to finance your trip abroad so that you do not have to pay any money out of your own pocket, provided that you begin at least six months before the start of your program. Please note that Southeast is NOT responsible for finding financial assistance for you.
SEMO scholarships and loans: Any SEMO scholarships or loans that you have that help pay for your education can be applied to this experience since it is a requirement for graduation and state certification. Also, there are several SEMO scholarships specifically designated for study abroad. See: http://www5.semo.edu/international/Wales/scholars.htm You should also consider the numerous endowed scholarships also available to education majors. See: http://www6.semo.edu/sfs/Scholarships/endowed/htm
National Scholarships: There are two national scholarships, IIE ($1000+) and Gilman ($2,400-5,000), which are available. IIE is merit-based, while Gilman is need-based. SEMO students have received both IIE and Gilman. See: http://www5.semo.edu/international
State Scholarships: There are three state scholarships for education majors administered through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE): the Missouri Teacher Education Scholarship, the Missouri Minority Teaching Scholarship, and the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship. For more information about these scholarships go to: http://www.dese.state.mo.us/divteachqual/scholarships
Mini-grants: Your local service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanis, Jaycees, Zonta, etc.) are always willing to support educational endeavors such as this. By following instructions at: http://www5.semo.edu/international you can learn how to apply for these grants. Many students in the past have benefited from these grants, some having their entire program paid for, others receiving up to $1200.
Bank account: Open a savings account today and start putting away a few dollars every week. You’d be surprised how much you will have when you are ready to leave for your student teaching experience!
Graduation and birthday gifts: If you know that graduation and birthday gifts are coming your way, you might suggest that they be in the form of travel-related items such as luggage, travel gear, passport fees, or any other type of expense you might want to cover.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Dr. Jean Benton, Coordinator of International Student Teaching, College of Education
Southeast Missouri State University
Mailbox – Scully 245
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
October 1 for the fall program - Send application to Dr. Jean Benton