Global Education

Globalize your degree with immersive international experiences.

In our increasingly interconnected global world, educators encounter classrooms more diverse than ever before. To address this reality, the College of Education has broadened its curriculum, introducing study abroad programming and the Global Education Studies (GES) minor. These initiatives afford students the opportunity to delve into the intricacies of world languages and cultures, while engaging in global community experiences, histories, socio-economic perspectives, and cross-cultural comparison to the United States. Whether you want to gain experience abroad or enhance your degree with the GES minor, all students at URI are welcome to participate in our global education programs.

Global Education Courses and Programs

  • EDC 441: Comparative and International Education Study Abroad (Summer Session 1)
    This course focuses on identifying and teaching to the literacy strengths and needs of children and adults of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. Through readings, class discussions, and fieldwork, students will explore comparative education between Germany and the U.S. as it pertains to teaching multicultural populations.
  • EDC 278/EDC 478: A Cross-cultural Understanding of Socio-political Issues, Educational Challenges, and Interventions within the U.S. and the Dominican Republic (Winter J-Term)
    This course explores sociopolitical issues and educational challenges in the Dominican Republic. Through dialogues with educators, youth, and nonprofit leaders, students gain insights into how historical, cultural, political, and economic dynamics shape contemporary societal issues. Emphasizing asset-based narratives and sustainable solutions, the course involves hands-on activities with community-based organizations and youth-led programs to examine interventions fostering social change. By analyzing social inequities and their solutions, students develop a critical understanding, comparing approaches in the Dominican and U.S. contexts.
  • Global Education Studies Minor
    The Global Education Studies (GES) Minor allows students to explore globalization and internationalization of education and educational policies using the critical lens of equity and social justice, human rights and global citizenship. The minor will prepare students with a diversity of backgrounds with the skill sets to become change agents and leaders in education in today’s globalized world. Students from all majors are welcome to participate or take courses in the minor.


If you’re interested in one of these programs, please contact the program director:     

Colleen Rossignol (Global Education Programs)
Rabia Hos (Germany FLP & GES Minor)
Tashal Brown (Dominican Republic FLP)