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Teaching Assistantship Sends Student to Austria

RELEASED: May 4, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student has received an English language teaching assistantship from the Fulbright Commission for the Austrian Ministry of Education.

Nessa Severson
Severson

Nessa Severson, New Glarus, will teach at three schools on a campus in Deutschlandsberg in southern Austria near the Slovenian border from October to May 2010. Severson, a German education and music education major, will teach the Austrian equivalent of high school and will receive a stipend for living expenses.

This is Severson's second trip to Austria. She also studied abroad in Graz, Austria, in 2006-07. The Austrian study abroad program in Graz is supported by the Viennese Ball.

"I'm really looking forward to this teaching experience and to improving my German," Severson said. "I'm also looking forward to being back in the Austrian culture again."

Severson heard about the teaching assistantship program while studying abroad. In Graz, she met a UW-Eau Claire graduate who was participating in the program.

"Things like this really get passed along by word of mouth," Severson said, noting that she got support when applying for the program from the foreign language department and the Center for International Education.

"Cheryl Lochner-Wright in CIE was very helpful," Severson said. "If she didn't know the answer, she would find out whom to ask to get the answer."

Severson plans to graduate in May. She hopes the teaching assistantship will prepare her for future opportunities to live and teach abroad.

"I always knew after studying abroad in Austria that I wanted to go back," Severson said. "This is a great first teaching job."

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