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Literacy and Learning in a Global World
San Francisco, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Winter (Jun - Aug)
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Restrictions: Sydney applicants only
Program Description:
Program Description:


Literacy and Learning in a Global World

Location: San Francisco, USA
Program dates: Placement: 6 - 26 July 2018 and UCB online course: 2 July - 10 August 2018
Application deadline: 22 April 2018
Duration: 3 weeks


This program has at its core a three-week project-based placement with a local host organization. Two students work together with a supervisor at an organization or agency to complete a pre-determined research project. You will have group meetings and workshops to set the foundation for the projects and augment their time in the workplace. Alongside this 3-week placement you will complete a 6-week online unit of study, delivered by University of California Berkeley (UCB). 

Goals of this program
- Enhance understanding of global workplace within industry area relevant to academic studies
- Program will emphasize professional experience related to the field of education
- Build upon education and professional experience through applied learning
- Develop team building skills and intercultural effectiveness competencies
- Deliver project to organization or agency based upon placement objectives
- Expand understanding of organizational theory and/or cross-cultural competencies through online coursework and local activities

USA - Berkeley

Academic Information

The Art of Making Meaning: Educational Perspectives on Literacy and Learning in a Global World (Offered through Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley)

Instructor(s): Glynda A. Hull, Jose R Lizarraga
Course delivery: Online
This course combines theory and practice in the study of literacy and development.  It will introduce sociocultural educational theory and research focused especially on literacy teaching and learning, and this literature will be examined in practice through participation in after-school programs.  In addition, the course will contribute to an understanding of how literacy is reflected in race, culture, and ethnicity in the United States and how these symbolic systems shift in a digital world.

HOURS & WORKLOAD: 7.5 hours of web-based or technologically-mediated activities replacing standard lectures (effective fall 2006) per week, 20 hours of outside work hours per week, and 2.5 hours of instructional activity in non-classroom settings per week.

View the details unit outline: ED W140 Summer Session 17 D-Final Unit Outline.pdf

Program timeline 
  • April. Submit apply to the University of Sydney. Deadline: 22 April.
  • June. Placements confirmed
  • 2 July. Online coursework through UC Berkeley begins
  • July. Three-week program, proposed schedule follows: 
    • Week One. (Focus: Project confirmation & kick off)
      • Monday. Morning orientation, afternoon placement
      • Tuesday. Full-day placement, evening office hours and individual meetings (required)
      • Wednesday. Full-day placement, evening workshop: making the most of your experience
      • Thursday. Full-day placement, guest speaker (perspectives on education, i.e. policy)
      • Friday. Morning placement, afternoon workshop: Intercultural Effectiveness Scale
      • Weekend. San Francisco activity, neighborhood walking tour
    • Week Two. (Focus: Project information collection, begin to synthesize for final deliverable)
      • Monday. Full-day placement, AIC site visits to offices throughout week
      • Tuesday. Full-day placement, evening office hours
      • Wednesday. Full-day placement, evening workshop: networking & info interviews
      • Thursday. Full-day placement, guest speaker (perspectives on education, i.e. community organizations)
      • Friday. Morning placement, afternoon workshop: Adaptive Leadership in practice
      • Weekend. San Francisco activity, volunteering experience followed by cultural event
    • Week Three (Focus: Project compilation and presentation)
      • Monday. Full-day placement
      • Tuesday. Full-day placement, guest speaker (perspectives on education, i.e. skills for global classroom)
      • Wednesday. Full-day placement, evening workshop: leveraging your global experience
      • Thursday. Full-day placement, evening office hours and individual meetings (required)
      • Friday. Morning placement, afternoon workshop: presentation of project followed by farewell reception
  • 10 August. Online coursework (through UC Berkeley) concludes
  • September. Webinar and individual meetings via Skype, follow up on Intercultural Effectiveness Scale and articulation of next steps.
  • October. Group capstone meeting at the University of Sydney, augmenting industry project with classroom experience.
Host Organisations
The exact projects and placements are confirmed based on student background and experience as well as employer projects and current work cycles. Placements are organised through the Academic Internship Council (AIC).
Student experiences take place in a range of organizational types, including – but not limited to – the following: community agencies, supplemental tutoring initiatives, summer camps, research institutes, ed tech firms, governmental offices, cultural institutions, and nonprofit organizations. 


Scholarships: $1,000 Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Scholarships have been allocated to this program. Once you have completed the Sydney Abroad application and been approved by the School of Education and Social Work, you will automatically be assessed for these scholarships.

Exchange tuition: You will be enrolled into an exchange unit of study at the University of Sydney and tuition for this unit is paid through your normal mode of tuition payment (e.g HECS)

UCB fees
Tuition: waived at Berkeley
Registration fee: $385.00
International Service fee: $300.00
Document management fee: $56.00

AIC Program fee:
Below are anticipated program fees for 2018, based on three-week program. 
  • 1-5 students:       3,384 USD per student
  • 5-10 students:     2,976 USD per student
Program fee includes:
  • Project-based placements and supporting services, including pre-arrival prep and coaching as well as scheduled office hours and ongoing individual consulting
  • Two program orientation sessions, one via webinar and one in person
  • Support for University of Sydney recruitment activities (i.e. webinars or materials)
  • Housing for duration of the program and 24/7 emergency support, student housing equivalent to dormitory style. Shared rooms (two or three to a room) with access to WiFi, laundry and kitchen facilities. Housing is typically in San Francisco or Berkeley area, comfortable and safe with easy access to public transportation.
  • Six workshops, delivered over three weeks
  • Three guest speakers, delivered over three weeks
  • Two San Francisco activities, delivered over three weeks
  • One culminating activity and written evaluation report
  • Two post-program meetings, one via Skype and one in person
Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.

OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required.

How to Apply

Please ensure you read all information on this brochure page, taking note of the program details and timeline before you apply. You will need to be able to travel in July and continue with the UCB online course after returning to Sydney.

Applications for this program have now closed.

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