Immerse yourself in another culture while gaining real-world teaching experience. You’ll return home with a better understanding of your host country through the relationships you build with students, teachers, and members of the community. Gain a new perspective on your own teaching practices in the United States and a broader worldview so greatly needed in our classrooms today.
Teaching opportunities are available in the following countries
Foreign Language Requirements
There are no foreign-language proficiency requirements for most locations. In Costa Rica and Ecuador, we recommend basic Spanish-language proficiency. In Spain, conversational Spanish proficiency is required. 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.
Your choice of host country should be dictated by your professional goals as well as your personal preferences. If you are interested in a license addition in reading or technology, a placement in an English-speaking area is probably the best choice for you. Similarly, if you are interested in teaching English as a new language, non-English speaking countries are a good fit.
What You'll Teach
In English-speaking countries, you can expect to teach classes in your licensing areas (elementary education, secondary mathematics, visual arts, and so on.).
In non-English speaking countries, your focus will be working with your school’s foreign language teachers to provide instruction in conversational and written English. If you happen to be fluent in your host country’s native language, you may have the opportunity to teach classes in your licensing area. Most participating schools, however, value the program because they want to expose students to native English speakers.
Participants must meet all the School of Education’s eligibility requirements for student teaching, which include:
- GPA requirements for your licensure area
- Completion of all professional course work toward your degree
- For foreign-language majors, a passing score on the Foreign Language Proficiency exam (usually taken at the end of your junior year)
In addition, you will also need to fulfill your Indiana student teaching requirements (minimum of 10 weeks) in preparation for an Indiana teacher’s license.
What It Costs
Students will be responsible for their regular IU tuition, as well as fees related to student teaching and practicum coursework. Students are also responsible for travel and living expenses during their stay; these costs vary depending on the country you choose to visit. Grants and scholarships are available for students who want to participate.