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Consortium for Intercultural Reflective Teachers (CIRT) Project

The ‘Consortium for Intercultural Reflective Teachers’ (CIRT) was a European Union and U.S. Department of Education funded project under the EU-US Atlantis Programme running from 2007 - 2012.

The project involves staff and student exchanges between three partner universities: University of Chichester  in the UK, Jönköping University in Sweden and Pennsylvania State University in the U.S.A.

The project allows students training to be teachers the opportunity to participate in a two-year dual-degree programme across three universities. This programme aims to develop the intercultural understanding and expertise of prospective school teachers through attending university sessions and school placements in the UK, United States and Sweden. Staff from the three partner universities also visit each other to develop the curriculum and support students.

Our Partner Universities:

Jönköping University

Pennsylvania State University

What is the Atlantis Programme?

The Atlantis programme seeks to encourage an innovative and sustainable range of student-centred activities, in both higher education and vocational education and training, and between different regions of the European Union and the United States. In particular, the programme's transatlantic exchanges help students in the USA and the EU acquire the skills they will need to meet the challenges of the global knowledge-based economy. With innovative courses and degree structures, such as joint or double degrees, students participating in these transatlantic exchanges will gain the knowledge, professional skills and language capabilities that are becoming essential to successfully participate in the modern workforce and meet the social challenges of the 21st century.

Getting involved

Although the project funding has now finished, the project partnership is continuing and we students on either the Primary Education and Teaching or Maths and Teaching degrees can apply to take part in a CIRT exchange and study in Sweden and/or the USA. For further details please contact Chris Shelton