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Educators Abroad Student Teaching Academics


This program is open to currently enrolled, degree-seeking UW- Eau Claire students who are in the College of Education and Human Sciences and accepted to student teach. You need to be in good standing (academic, financial and conduct) and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. To fulfill UW-Eau Claire requirements, you will complete part of your student teaching placement in Wisconsin and part of it abroad. Special education and music education students should discuss their interest in the teaching abroad with their department prior to applying. 


On your EducatorsAbroad application, you list three countries where you would like to student teach. EAST makes the final placement based on your proposed teaching area, required grade level, and the academic calendar of the host country. Learn more about the placements available in each country by visiting the EAST website:

When EAST is seeking placements, they send your application materials to the prospective host school. Each host school then decides whether or not to accept you. After being accepted by a host school, you will communicate directly with your hosts to arrange housing, your arrival, and your work as a student teacher.

All EAST classroom placements are 10 weeks long. After a short-period of orientation at your school, you'll jump right into your teaching experience. Cooperating schools assign you to classrooms and supervising teachers consistent with your proposed teaching area.

Course Information

Upon successfully completing your student teaching placement abroad, you will earn seven credits of ES 493 International Experience in Education, which will fulfill a half of your student teaching requirement.

Liberal Education/General Education Requirements

For students in catalog years 2016-17 and later, this program can fulfill an Integrate Learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments while abroad. Please contact your study abroad coordinator for more details. 

For students in catalog years through 2015-16, Six credits of Foreign Culture can be waived upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at after completion of your program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirements. See the university catalog for details.). 

Academic Calendar

This program is offered only during the spring semester. You typically spend the first 8 weeks of the semester student teaching in Wisconsin and then 10 weeks teaching abroad. (While you always teach for 10 weeks, you may be in the host country longer because of school holidays.)

In order to allow time for placements within Wisconsin, spring placements will typically occur from late-March to late-June, depending on the academic calendar of the country in which you are placed. Exact dates will be confirmed by EAST and will vary based on country of placement.

After much deliberation with the College of Education, this program is no longer offered in the fall semester due to complications with school calendars and fulfilling student teaching requirements.