This press release was issued in January 2011.

Georgetown, KY- South America recently got a little closer for Education majors at Georgetown College, a liberal arts institution that is encouraging its students to think more globally and to seize international opportunities.

Georgetown’s Education majors now have the opportunity to spend a semester studying in Brazil with the majority of their expenses covered by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) International Program. This study abroad program entitled, “Diversity: Meeting the Cultural Demands of Education in the 21st Century,” is offered in collaboration with Ashland University and Brigham Young University, under the auspices of the FIPSE U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program. It began August 1 and will end July 31, 2014. One hundred percent of the project is being funded by FIPSE.

Project director Alison Jackson Tabor said, “I’m very excited that education majors at Georgetown College now have a study-abroad program designed to immerse them in every aspect of living cross-culturally as they study with Brazilian students.”

Dr. Tabor, an assistant professor of education at Georgetown College, added, “One major benefit to students is that the grant pays for the bulk of the students’ expenses, including airfare, living accommodations, language study and materials. This is a unique opportunity for education students attending Georgetown College.” Dr. Andrea Peach, an associate professor of education at Georgetown College, will provide support for the project as a technological consultant.

The consortium between the U.S. and Brazilian institutions will provide opportunities for student exchange in upcoming years, beginning in the fall of 2011. The two Brazilian partner institutions are Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (UDESC), located in Florianoplis, and Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janerio (UFRRJ), located outside of Rio de Janerio. One goal of the project is to prepare globally aware and cross-culturally responsive educators. The program provides language instruction in Portuguese to U.S. students selected for participation and cultural competency components for all participants.

Georgetown College is a Christian, liberal arts institution, located in Georgetown, Kentucky, just north of Lexington. In addition to undergraduate certification programs, Georgetown College also offers several graduate programs in education, many of which are among the largest and oldest graduate education programs in the Commonwealth. Georgetown College’s Graduate Education Department provides a convenient course schedule designed to meet the needs of education professionals and costs comparable to that of public institutions in the area.


For more information about the FIPSE grant recently awarded to Georgetown College, contact: Dr. Alison Jackson Tabor, 400 E. College Street, Georgetown, KY 40324, (502) 863.8377,