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.

Course syllabi and 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 university on completion of the program.

Course Description

EDUC 326 (3)
Comparative Education Systems

This course will introduce students to comparative education systems of the UK, Spain and Italy 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, including 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. The course then moves on to consider the decentralization of education system and absence of any ability streaming in Spain and the five stages of education and the dominance of the Catholic church in religious teaching in Italy. The course 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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