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The Mathematics Education Study Abroad Program has been to Albania and Greece (2019), Peru (in 2007, 2009 and 2015), China (in 2011 and 2013) and Germany (in 2017). This faculty-led program offers a focus on mathematics education in other cultures, including the nature of mathematics and mathematical behavior, and theories and issues in the teaching and learning of mathematics. These study abroad experiences have provided UW Oshkosh students and future mathematics teachers with a powerful means for viewing our culture and norms with respect to mathematics and education in contrast with those of other cultures.


Our Next Trip:


The History and Philosophy of Mathematics and Math Education in Albania and Greece

with faculty leaders John Beam and Eric Kuennen

Spring Interim 2021


Program Description

Next spring interim 2021 we will be offering a UWO faculty-led study away trip in Math History and Education to Albania and Greece. The course offered on this trip, Math 432, is a 4 credit course that will be co-taught by Dr. John Beam and Dr. Eric Kuennen, and will counts as the senior capstone for middle school math minors and secondary ed math majors.

We will spend two weeks in Albania and one week in Greece. Our base in Albania will be the capital city Tirana, and we will be hosted by Beder University there. We will hold classes at the university, meet Albanian mathematics education students and sit on on some of their math education classes there, and visit schools in and around Tirana and observe mathematics lessons.

We will do lots of traveling for cultural and historical tourism in Albania and Greece: exploring mountains, beaches, communist History, Ottoman castles, Orthodox monasteries, and Roman and Greek ancient sites.


International Comparative Mathematics Education  Seminar

The course offered is Math 432, where we will explore the nature of mathematics and the teaching and learning of mathematics. visit Albanian schools and compare mathematics teaching across cultures, study historic mathematics and classic proofs, and explore sites related to the history and philosophy of mathematics. As a part of their coursework, students will do a curriculum project that will include planning and presenting a mathematics lesson to English-speaking Albanian students. It is not necessary for program participants to speak Albanian or Greek.



Our base will be Tirana, the capital of Albania, where we will be hosted by Beder University. From Tirana we will take a day trip to Durres on the coast, and the historic citadel town of Kruje, and take a weekend trip including a ferry ride into the mountains of Valbone.

After leaving Tirana, we will travel by bus through Albania, stopping in the Ottoman era mountain town of Berat, the ancient Roman site of Apollonia, and stay in a beach town on the Adriatic coast.

We will continue south into Greece, seeing the clifftop monasteries of Meteora, the ancient Greek sites of Delphi, Olympia, and Corinth, before finishing our trip in Athens exploring the famous Acropolis and the iconic Parthenon.


Links to Information about the Program

  • Click here for our Daily Itinerary from our 2019 trip. Our 2021 trip will have a very similar itinerary.


For More Information:

Feel free to contact Eric at or stop by his office in 111 Swart Hall if you have any questions about the program.


To get a great taste of what our past trips have been like, please see the excellent Beyond Classroom Walls Report on our previous trip to China, and the

COLS Special Report on our Previous Math Ed Study Abroad to Peru.


Past Participant Testimonials (from our previous trips to Peru and China):

"Unforgettable and enlightening. It really gave me a better perspective towards life and what I should be thankful for."

"My favorite part of the trip would be visiting the schools.  I think that going as an education major it really showed me the differences between our school systems.  I also really liked trying the different foods and just being immersed in the different culture."

" It was an awesome experience to go in front of a class of students that don't speak your language. That was the first of many times in my life where I will have a student that doesn't speak English and I will have to learn to communicate and teach the student."

"I would absolutely recommend this trip. You can travel, get a new perspective on the world, and make new friends all at once. The Math Ed. trip is a unique opportunity to learn about math while in another culture. You also get to sightsee amazing places."

"I would most definitely recommend this trip to future math educators. Not only do you get the study abroad experience, but you get to see mathematics education from a different perspective and broaden your own horizon for teaching in the future. You also have an experience of a lifetime, touring and exploring another country mostly unlike our own and meet some amazing and incredible people, that may become lifelong friends"

"Today, cultures are becoming more intertwined and this fact impacts the classroom. As a result, I think it is important for teachers to realize what type of impact culture plays on the classroom. Although people can get this understanding from reading, I think seeing it first hand plays more of an impact".

“I learned more than I thought I would. Not only just about math in the classrooms, but I learned about the people there and the culture. I’ve known all along that I wanted to be a teacher, but really this experience opened up my eyes the greater things I can do in a classroom … how much of an impact I can have on these kids.”

"It is hard to pick my favorite parts of the trip because I had so much fun."

"I couldn't have asked for a better trip. Don't just consider going, make sure to go! This is an experience of a lifetime."


Target Student Groups:

  • Mathematics Minors for Elementary and Middle School Programs
  • Mathematics Majors or Minors with a Secondary Education or Teaching Emphasis
  • Mathematics Education graduate students and current teachers looking for new experiences or continuing credits
  • Global Educator Certificate Program students
  • The program will be offered every other year (2021, 2023 etc.) though the location may change for future trips.
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