This Spring, the School is expanding its graduate study abroad portfolio to include two new courses, Cross-Cultural Counseling and Multicultural and Professional Issues in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. The courses will travel to NYU’s Academic Centers in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Accra, Ghana respectively. Students will meet online throughout the spring semester and travel to their program location during spring break.
These opportunities have been created to serve online students, but are also open to residential students, by advisement. They are the first hybrid online/study abroad courses designed, from the ground up, with online students’ schedules and curricular considerations specifically in mind. Spring break travel will allow participants to engage in a short, rigorous intensive learning experience in-person with faculty, supplemented with preparatory and post-travel activities in online learning platforms.
For Sumie Okazaki, Professor of Applied Psychology, the opportunity to teach Cross-Cultural Counseling in Buenos Aires through the hybrid of online instruction and travel abroad was a natural extension of her previous experience teaching the course in a different format in Shanghai. “This [new] model allows us to use the bulk of our weekly class time to engage in large and small group discussions,” she shares. “Blending this online course with the study abroad travel… I will not only get to meet and work with students in person for an entire week but to be able to do so in Bueno Aires.”
Darlene Monda, Clinical Assistant Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders brings extensive previous experience working with Speech@NYU students, including clinical immersions. She explains, “I am most excited to bring our diverse group of students from all over the country to Ghana for another intensive immersive experience: this time in learning about multicultural practices in healthcare and education halfway around the world.”