Because your academic schedule is tight, short-term study abroad programs are highly recommended for education majors. If you can’t find time to study abroad during the academic year, consider one of the summer or winter programs listed here. Student teaching abroad is also a valuable experience, and is recommended for education majors approved to complete an international placement.
As you research study abroad programs, be sure to check out their course listings. All of the programs listed below offer courses relevant to education majors. However, not all of them are guaranteed to transfer for UI credit. Before you enroll in courses abroad, consult with your advisors to confirm which courses will transfer upon your return. For more information about who your advisors are and how to coordinate study abroad with your academic requirements, click here.
While we suggest you look at these recommended programs first, feel free to browse the programs section of our website, explore another online directory of study abroad programs, and/or consult materials in the Study Abroad Resource Room.
Secondary education majors should also check out the Major Advising Page corresponding with their subject area.
University of KwaZulu-Natal Exchange
University of Iowa students have the opportunity to study for a semester or academic year at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in either Durban or Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Students enroll in regular courses offered at UKZN and are fully integrated academically and socially with their South African peers.
Courses in a wide variety of disciplines are open to participants on this program. Courses are organized into twelve broad faculties (colleges), including Commerce & Management, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences and Science. The Faculty of Human Sciences, located on the Howard College Campus, is roughly equivalent to the UI’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (minus the sciences), offering undergraduate degrees in Drama & Performance Studies, Media & Communication, Music (jazz, classical, and African), Political Science, Development Studies, History, Geography, Psychology, Anthropology, Classics, Latin, isiZulu, Comparative Literature, Gender Studies, etc.
Academic credit earned at UKZN transfers to the University of Iowa. Study abroad students must enroll for a full-time load of courses while studying at UKZN. A full-time load is typically 3 or 4 courses and is generally equivalent to 12 or 16 s.h. of credit at Iowa.
While planning to study abroad, students should browse through UKZN's course listings to see which classes are likely to be available during their term in South Africa. Some courses may have pre-requisites, please discuss this with your study abroad advisor if you have questions.
Click here to browse course listings.
Iowa Regents Semester in Australia: University of Newcastle
The Iowa Regents Semester in Australia program in Newcastle offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study for a semester at the University of Newcastle. Participants are fully integrated academically and socially with their Australian peers. It would be a great program for freshman and sophomore education majors looking to fulfill prerequisite and/or subject area requirements.
Download a current information sheet from the University of Newcastle here.
Academic credit earned at the University of Newcastle transfers to the University of Iowa. Study abroad students must enroll for a full-time load of courses while studying at Newcastle. A full-time load is typically 3 or 4 courses and is generally equivalent to 12 or 16 s.h. of credit at Iowa.
While planning to study abroad, students should browse through Newcastle's course listings to see which classes are likely to be available during their term in Australia. Some courses may have pre-requisites, please discuss this with your study abroad advisor if you have questions.
• Newcastle Course Handbook (individual course listings)
• Newcastle Undergraduate Programs (equivalent to degree requirements, useful for finding classes by major or discipline)
Iowa Regents Semester in Australia: University of Tasmania
The Iowa Regents Semester in Australia program in Tasmania offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study for a semester at the University of Tasmania. Participants are fully integrated academically and socially with their Australian peers. It would be a great program for freshman and sophomore education majors looking to fulfill prerequisite and/or subject area requirements.
The program at Tasmania begins with a week-long orientation program that prepares students for the academic and cultural experience ahead. Students then enroll in regular courses offered by the university.
Academic credit earned at the University of Tasmania transfers to the University of Iowa. Study abroad students must enroll for a full-time load of courses while studying at Tasmania. A full-time load is typically 3 or 4 courses and is generally equivalent to 12 or 16 s.h. of credit at Iowa.
While planning to study abroad, students should browse through UTAS's course listings to see which classes are likely to be available during their term in Australia. Some courses may have pre-requisites, please discuss this with your study abroad advisor if you have questions.
• UTAS Courses and Units
The India Winterim is an intensive, three-week field-based program that provides students with the opportunity to learn from and directly interact with leading social entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and academic institutions within India’s diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and geographical mosaic. Each course is based in (or near) one of several cities throughout India. This program is designed for undergraduate students, graduate students and community members with related interests and experience.
Click here to read a recent article about the program in SPAN Magazine, an e-zine published by the US Embassy in New Delhi.
View Brittany Kaplan's video about her experiences on the program.
The India Winterim program allows students to explore their interests in art and architecture, biodiversity and sustainability, education, entrepreneurship, housing, journalism, performing arts, physical therapy, renewable energy, social justice and law, social work, water resources or other development issues in India. Specific courses vary each year. In 2011-12, 142 students participated in 9 different courses. Each section is led by UI faculty and has its own disciplinary perspective. Students work with Indian NGOs employing a diverse variety of techniques to address social issues.
The Indiana University Global Gateway for Teachers Student Teaching Program
This 8-week student teaching program provides future teachers with the opportunity to experience teaching and learning practices in a foreign country. Science teachers might explore science education in China. History teachers might explore how World War II is taught in Germany, or how the American Revolution is taught in England. With a few exceptions, student teaching abroad through the Global Gateway program is a great opportunity for teachers of all age groups and subjects.
Program participants begin their international placements after they have completed the first 8 weeks of their student teaching in the United States. Placements are available in Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England and Wales, India, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Turkey, and more. Students have the opportunity to identify the country where they would like to teach and are placed based on their interests in addition to their area of study and academic achievements. (For instance, if you indicate that you are interested in trout fishing, host nation consultants with the Global Gateway program will try to place you in a region of the country you’ve identified where you can pursue that interest.)
Ashlee Baeten in Quilotoa, Ecuador
While program participants have the option to stay in a bed & breakfast, hostel, or hotel, most choose to live in a homestay (in the home of a staff member, parent, or other person associated with the participant’s overseas school). The cost of a homestay varies from placement to placement but usually covers a bedroom and meals.
All host nations provide consultants for participants of the Global Gateway program. The consultants are experienced educators who facilitate the placements and can help with logistical concerns.
Program participants are encouraged to network with teachers and students in their host countries. While multiple UI students cannot be placed in the same school, they can sometimes be placed in the same area. (Program participants are encouraged to travel while abroad, and it is nice to have a travel buddy.)
Students interested in the program should apply a year in advance. Successful applicants demonstrate BOTH high academic achievement and an ability to work and think independently. For details about eligibility, including GPA requirements, contact Ellie Herman (elementary education majors) or Nancy Langguth (secondary education majors).
Expenses for the program include a $200 placement fee, tuition (about the same as for students not participating in the program), transportation to and from the country of placement, and living expenses (housing, food, transportation, and spending money). All UI participants are automatically awarded a $1,000 travel stipend and a $2,000 scholarship.
Check out the student field experiences website for more information about student teaching abroad. Information is provided in the orientation classes students complete during their first semester in the Teacher Education Program. Once admitted to the teacher education program, contact Nancy Langguth in the College of Education for questions about the Global Gateway program.
CIEE Seville Teaching Development Program
This semester or academic year program is designed to help students achieve greater competency in written and spoken Spanish while allowing them to develop specific expertise in international education and second language acquisition. These goals are achieved through the academic program, the teaching development course, the homestay, excursions and cultural activities, conversation exchanges, and volunteer opportunities. Participants choose from courses at the CIEE Study Center, the University of Seville, and at Pablo de Olavide University. This program is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) on behalf of a consortium of which the University of Iowa is a member. UI participants on the program join a group of students from other U.S. colleges and universities.
The program is designed for students who are considering a career in education, specifically in teaching foreign languages. Students take courses with a focus on education and teaching. Students may also register for some CIEE courses offered through the Liberal Arts program.