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Due to current budgetary constraints, the International Student Teaching Program has been placed in moratorium.

Questions can be sent to the Office of Teacher Education in the College of Education and Educational Technology.

 

Touch the lives of children all around the world: Student teach abroad.

Students from Indiana University of Pennsylvania who are enrolled as teacher education majors in all certification areas are eligible to participate in this half-semester student teaching program. Students are assigned to a teaching site in the United States for the first half of the semester. The second half of the student teaching experience is completed in an overseas site. The program is designed to provide students with teaching experiences in one of six European countries. Teaching assignments are made for all certification areas.

International Student Teaching Opportunities

  • Malahide,Ireland
  • Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Copenhagen,Denmark
  • Malmö,Sweden

Student Teaching Abroad Timeline

  1. Complete the Study Abroad Application by deadline (March 15 for Fall, October 15 for Spring).
  2. Meet with the interim associate dean of the College of Education and Educational Technology, Dr. Joseph Domaracki, jwdomara@iup.edu, semester before planned trip (end of March for Fall, end of October for Spring).
  3. Interview by committee semester before planned trip (end of April for Fall, November for Spring).
  4. Attend Study Abroad office orientation semester before planned trip (end of April for Fall, November for Spring).
  5. Demonstrate to associate dean, supervisor of student teaching, and Office of Study Abroad (Jay Halchak) at least four weeks prior to placement:
    1. Appropriate travel documents including passport, visa (where necessary—these laws are continuously changing. It is the responsibility of the student to provide evidence that his or her visa is valid for the time he or she is making the trip) and letter of invitation from the host institution.
    2. Appropriate housing arrangements, travel arrangements from airport to school, and complete itinerary have been made.

Criteria for Acceptance

To be accepted into the International Student Teaching Program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Approval by your program coordinator
  • At least 3.0 cumulative grade-point average
  • At least 3.0 GPA in professional education core and major
  • Three recommendations (One must be from a professor in the student’s major, and one from a professor with knowledge of performance in EDUC 342. )
  • Interview with and approval of the International Student Teaching Committee
  • Effective classroom student teaching experience during the first quarter of the senior year and a grade of not less than a “B” at midterm evaluation
  • Payment of the Study Abroad Fee

Policies of the International Student Teaching Program 

  • Preference is given to students who submit application materials one year before they student teach.
  • Interview for tentative acceptance is completed the semester prior to student teaching.
  • Study Abroad Fee is submitted before International Student Teaching assignment is made.
  • Participation in International Student Teaching orientation is required.
  • The Study Abroad Fee is not refundable in the case of withdrawal unless the reason complies with university exception policy.
  • If the university cannot place a student or decides the student does not meet acceptance criteria, the Study Abroad Fee is refunded.
  • The university makes all international arrangements, including the appropriate international student teaching assignments and living arrangements.
  • Students from Indiana University of Pennsylvania who are enrolled as teacher education majors in all certification areas are eligible to participate in this half-semester student teaching program. Students are assigned to a teaching site in the United States for the first half of the semester. The second half of the student teaching experience is completed in an overseas site. The program is designed to provide students with teaching experiences in one of six European countries. Teaching assignments are made for all certification areas.

Quick Facts

  • Program Cost: In addition to semester tuition and other required fees, students must pay a study abroad fee of $1,000. Travel costs, personal expenses, and living accommodation costs for room and board (paid to the host family) are the responsibility of the student.
  • Living Accommodations: Living accommodations, which include room and board, are arranged with host families near teaching sites. Living accommodations in the various countries differ greatly; however, most of the student teachers live with native families. Living with families in foreign countries provides student teachers a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of the host country.
  • Application Deadlines: Applications may be made anytime; however, preference is given to students who submit application materials in compliance with application due dates listed above.
  • Application: Click the following to download the entire application as a Microsoft Word document: Study Abroad Application.

FAQ

Why wouldn’t I get my particular international request?

There are a number of reasons why requests may not be filled. A cooperating teacher might not be available; a course or program might not be offered in the area that your major requires; a clinical supervisor might not be available to assist with your student teaching mentoring; a school might be at capacity for student teachers. There are many critical elements that must be met to ensure a quality student teaching experience.

What if something happens and I can’t go internationally for student teaching?

If something happens and you can't go internationally or if your placement cannot be finalized, an alternate Pennsylvania placement will be made.

Can I plan to travel to my student teaching site and visit for a while before student teaching?

Until you have a written invitation to student teach from your host school, your student teaching placement is not final. We do not recommend that students travel to their requested site until their placement is finalized.

Some schools have different calendars than IUP. Which schedule do I follow?

You follow the schedule of the school where you will be student teaching.

Where will I live during student teaching?

These opportunities will be discussed on an individual basis; however, there are a number of international student teaching sites that offer some type of housing.

Is it possible I may not get my student teaching abroad placement?

Yes. IUP reserves the right to set a minimum number of participants in order to move forward with placements.

Fees

Study Abroad Fee: $1,000

Estimated Costs

(Vary by country and exchange rate)

Air Transportation: $750

Ground Transportation: $150

Room and Board (seven weeks at $200 per week): $1,400

Spending Money: ?

Total (Estimated)*: $3,300

*Please note the following:

  • IUP tuition and fees are the same regardless of where you student teach.
  • These costs are only estimates based on experiences of previous international student teachers. If you plan to travel to other European countries, you will need to budget accordingly.

For more information about student teaching abroad, please contact Dr. Joseph Domaracki, interim associate dean of the College of Education and Educational Technology at IUP, at jwdomara@iup.edu.

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