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Language Practice. 5 sp Information for 2012-2013. What are the requirements?. At least 8 weeks in an English-speaking country (can be 2 x 4 weeks ); Integrate with local life, both socially and linguistically So: NOT language courses or tourism

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Language Practice

5 sp

Information for 2012-2013


What are the requirements?

  • At least 8 weeks in an English-speaking country (can be 2 x 4 weeks);

  • Integrate with local life, both socially and linguistically

    So: NOTlanguage courses or tourism

  • A written (5-6 page) report in English


Work:

  • As an au pair, nanny, etc.

  • In a hotel, etc.

  • Volunteer work

  • Camp Counselors USA (with children 7-16):9-11 weeks; free food and accommodation + pocket moneyRequires good health insurance

    http://www.ccusa.com/

  • Work & Travel (Australia)

  • Etc.

    Look in the folders of language practice reports …

    Make use of any personal contacts you have …


Finding a job abroad – useful links

http://www.maailmalle.net (CIMO):

http://europa.eu/youth/working/index_eu_en.html

http://www.nuorisovaihto.fi (Allianssi)

http://www.mol.fi/eures

http://www.fas.ie (work placement in Ireland)

http://jobseekers.direct.gov.uk/homepage.aspx(official UK agency)

http://www.workinaustralia.net/


Study (1):

  • Exchange programmes

    ISEP (USA)

    ISEP Multilateral (Canada, South Africa)

  • Bilateral agreements

    6 universities in USA

    • University of Washington, Seattle

    • Utica College

    • California State University, Long Beach

    • Presbyterian College

      Not available in 2012-13:

    • Fort Lewis College, Durango

    • University at Albany, State University of New York

      The deadline for applications is 15th November for next year

      The deadline is 16th March for the following spring term


Study (1):

  • Bilateral agreements

    6 universities in Australia (see International Office Guide for details)

    1 each in Canada, South Africa, New Zealand

    N.B. Places are not always available

    The deadline for applications is in February


Study (2):

  • Specific exchange opportunity

    IUPUI: Indiana University / Purdue University in Indianapolis

    • Two summer internship positions in the Centre for Intercultural Communications

    • Student counselling, office work, corpus compilation, etc.

    • Particularly suitable for those with linguistics-related interests

      The deadline for applications is February 2012.

      http://www.iupui.edu/~icic

      Anyone who is interested should contact me for further details.


Study (3):

  • ERASMUS exchange agreements with four British universities:

    • University of Wales, Bangor – 1 place / 5 months (ELit)

    • University of Glasgow – 3 places / 9 months (ELang)

    • University of York – 3 places / 5 months (ELit)

    • Nottingham Trent University – 2 places / 5 months (ELit)

      The deadline for applications is mid-March 2012.

      You can usually take courses in other departments;

      but your study plan must be accepted by the Head of Department.


Study (4):

  • If you are interested in applying to study abroad, you should:

    • Consult Guide för studier utomlands 2012-13 – available on the International Office web page.

    • Contact Harriet Klåvus / Monica Nylund in the International Office.

    • For general study opportunities in the EU, refer to: http://europa.eu/youth/studying/index_eu_en.html

  • The best time to do this is: NOW.


What to do next …

  • Consult the English Dept. pages (to be updated shortly) at:http://www.abo.fi/student/en/Content/Document/document/12035

  • Look at previous language practice reports

  • Talk to students who have recently completed LP

  • Check the Department noticeboard

  • Visit the International Office

  • Check English-language newspapers, etc.

  • Check university web pages on the internet for details of courses offered.


Grants from the Donner Fund


Applying for a Donner grant (1)

  • Deadline for application: end ofFebruary 2012.

  • Application form from Sonja during February.

  • Detailed plan required:

    • Where are you going?

    • What will you be doing?

    • How long / where will you stay?

    • What will it cost? – itemized list of estimated expenses

  • Consult the English Dept. pages at:http://www.abo.fi/student/en/Content/Document/document/12034


Applying for a Donner grant (2)

  • Donner money can cover:

    • Travel expenses

    • Living expenses (including rent at your place of work / study – but NOT in Finland during your absence)

    • Travel insurance

    • Placement fees (e.g. for Allianssi)

    • Tuition - but NOT for language courses, and NOTnecessarily full university fees

  • Donner money cannot cover:

    • Clothes, books, food, recreational activities, international student card

  • Grants from other sources (e.g. Erasmus, ISEP) mustbe calculated into the sum you apply for

  • NB: Keep all receipts: needed for report to Stiftelsen when you return.


Good luck!


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