Admission Requirements

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Prospective students will be graduate students in good standing in the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology program. Students will be chosen to be FIPSE Fellows for the exchange by the faculty/project coordinator and selection committee of the home institution. To apply for the program, the following is required:
  1. Apply at least six (6) months prior to the semester for which the exchange will occur
  2. Be registered as a full-time student
Registration Requirements
Students register at their home institution, which is the institution from which the student intends to graduate. Students will work with their advisors to register for the appropriate courses during the exchange period.

Recognition of Credits and Studies Cross-Nationally
Credits from the FIPSE Program will not be considered transfer credits from one university to the other, as the student will register for course credits with their home institution. Credits earned through this program will be counted as in-residence credits and/or elective credits for ETSU, UNI, USP, and as part of the required undergraduate courses for UFSM.

Funding, Tuition and Fees, Insurance
Each student selected as a FIPSE Fellow will receive a stipend of $5000.00 for travel and language tuition. Students will be exempt from payment of tuition and fees at the host institution.Each student participating as a FIPSE Fellow will be responsible for expenses other than those related to tuition and fees at the host university. These expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Books
  • Medical expenses
  • Room and board during the exchange
  • Required international health insurance before arriving at the host university
  • Transportation
  • Laundry and other personal expenses
  • Meals
Selection Process
Three categories of participation are open to students:
  1. FIPSE Fellows
    Five to six FIPSE Fellows are selected from both ETSU and UNI for each year of the project. FIPSE Fellows will participate in Portuguese Language Instruction, the Internet course, a series of monthly Webinars, Team Research Projects, and complete one exchange visit to Brazil in May to June. They will register for one 3 credit hour Independent Study course and one 3 credit hour Supervised Research course. These courses may count as electives on the student’s Graduate Study Plan.
  2. Non-exchange and research participation students
    Six to eight students will be selected from both ETSU and UNI for each year of the project. Students need to be registered in the departments and may participate in the Internet course, Webinars, and Team Research projects by registering for one 3 credit hour Supervised Research course. These courses may count as electives on the student’s Graduate Study Plan.
  3. Non-exchange participation students
    Any student registered in the ETSU and UNI departments may participate in the Internet course and Webinars without course credit.
Students applying need to complete and submit the appropriate application form (e.g., for a FIPSE Fellow, for a Non-exchange and research, or for a Non-exchange participation option), a copy of their resumé, and an essay of approximately 300 words expressing why they want to participate in the FIPSE grant program. ETSU and UNI students submit these to their home institution by September 1.

Paper applications are rated and scored independently by the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator at ETSU and by the Project Director at UNI. Applicants are invited to interview and final selection is made based on the outcomes of both the paper and interview selection process.   

Student Responsibilities
Students participating as FIPSE Fellows, Non-exchange and research participation students or Non-exchange participation students are required to fulfill all obligations related to course work, language and cultural training, and research projects in a timely, professional, and ethical manner.

The following are the student’s responsibility during their participation in the grant:
  • Adhere to the Code of Ethics of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and conduct herself/himself in a professional manner in all activities relating to the grant, as well as during the exchange visits.
  • Attend and participate in meetings, as well as cultural social events as scheduled.
  • Participate in interviews, complete questionnaires relating to their experiences, and complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI; Hammer, Bennett, & Wiseman, 2003), as part of the data collection for reporting purposes.
Students will be:
  • Required to maintain a GPA of 3.00 each year.
  • Required to sign a contractual agreement with their home institution.










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