Study Abroad in Comparative Education Systems, Study & Travel Program

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Comparative Education Systems: Academics

Fairfield University

Academic credit for the Comparative Education Systems program is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students.

Faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

Academic Overview

Attendance at all lectures and site visits is mandatory.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by Fairfield University. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home institution on completion of the program.

Course Description

EDU/HST 295 (3)
Comparative Education

This course will introduce students to comparative education systems of the U.K., Germany and Denmark and the relationship that the education systems have with their respective societies. The course will draw on experiential site visits and emphasize the key components of each system, from the setting up of “public schools” to the introduction of the 11+ test and the establishment of the Academies school system as experienced in London, to the focus on vocational teaching in Germany and the impact of learning-through-play as experienced by children in Copenhagen. Students will explore the impact educational developments have on the economy, skill formation, social inclusion and social mobility issues. Common controversies and contemporary debates such as the role of education in social mobility, social justice and issues of inclusion and exclusion will be explored and analyzed. The course will invite students to gain a comparative perspective on each of the three education systems and how they are experienced in order to gain a deeper understanding of the role of the different education systems on their respective societies.


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