A comparative perspective on education

Comparative Educational Studies is a one semester exchange package that offers students of teacher education programmes a comparative view of educational systems and practical work in fields as diverse as inclusive education, migration, music or drama. This programme is offered in the spring semester only.

A teacher experiencing the Extension Module: School Experience.

Admission for the spring term 2021:

The programme is limited to 40 participants. All students will be informed of the admission outcome following the November 1 deadline.

The 20 ECTS course will be offered  from 18 January to 26 March in the spring term of 2020 (The exam date will be after Easter. More information coming soon). The 10 ECTS optional extension module School Experience will continue until 7 May.

There will be two holiday periods for this programme during the spring semester (2020): Week 13, Easter holiday and 1 May.

Subject details:

EIS110 / Inclusive Education - 8 ECTS (core course, required)

EIS120 / Music Crossing Borders - 6 ECTS (core course, required)

EIS150 / Migration and Intercultural Relations - 6 ECTS (optional, choose one)*

EIS155 / Drama in Early Childhood Education - 6 ECTS (optional, choose one)*

EIS170 / Extension Module: School Experience - 10 ECTS (optional)

*It is only possible to take either EIS150 or EIS155.

Due to contact with children, all admitted students are required to submit an official police declaration (criminal background clearance) from the country/ies they have lived in the past years in order to participate in the School Experience course. The certificate must be submitted in English.


A characteristic of today’s society is increased mobility across borders, which poses a challenge for teacher education in many countries. Future teachers need to reflect upon the changed conditions for learning and education.

Moreover, teachers have to facilitate a multicultural classroom in all types of schools (nursery, primary, and secondary schools) in order to meet the needs of children from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

These new challenges require the development of an international perspective in teacher education, which is the main task of this course for international student teachers.

Living and studying in an unfamiliar environment offers students the opportunity to rediscover the familiar, unconscious everyday life and culture at home. Such an experience can provide new perspectives on the previous school experiences and on the future task as role models for children.

The outcome of studying abroad is, therefore, more than academic outcomes. Developing friendships and mutual understanding between people of different nations is important for the teaching profession and is of value in itself.

The Comparative Educational Studies course is divided into different modules, which are described below.   The first two courses are required, and students will choose one of the two optional modules.  All instruction is in English. Target group: Student teachers for pre-primary, primary or secondary school. This course is only offered in the spring term.