Overseas Program for Experienced Teachers (OPET)

Teaching opportunities are available in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • England
  • India
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Scotland
  • Spain

Your choice of host country should be guided by your professional goals as well as your personal preferences. Seize the opportunity to stretch yourself professionally and personally by selecting an environment that is substantially different from your own.

Placements will be evaluated to achieve the best fit based on your licensing areas and the host school’s needs.

Most participating schools value the program because it provides collaboration among experienced educators and offers students the benefit of their combined expertise. Students enjoy interacting with other professional educators and being exposed to U.S. culture. Your specific teaching responsibilities will depend on your professional goals as an educator.

There are no foreign-language proficiency requirements for most locations, with these exceptions:

  • In Costa Rica and Ecuador, we recommend basic Spanish-language proficiency.
  • In Spain, basic Spanish proficiency is required.

If going to a non-English speaking country, we do encourage participants to learn basic words and sentences in their host country’s native language, either by enrolling in an introductory course or using self-study materials.

Participants must have earned a bachelor’s degree and have at least one year of teaching experience in a K-12 environment. Each participant must also have a valid United States passport.

Participants will be responsible for paying the respective IU tuition rate based on their residency status. Participants are also responsible for travel and living expenses during their stay.

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