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Short-term Practicum Information
Invest a few weeks, expand your opportunities
Experiencing life in a cultural setting different from one's own does more
than broaden one's perspective on life and education. It increases the ability to effectively educate students of different cultural
backgrounds and prepare them to live and work in a global community. And it improves your ability to compete for teaching positions in
private and government schools around the world.
Students can receive college credit or a
certificate of participation by fulfilling the requirements of the short-term practicum.
Following admission to the program, practicum students receive all the
information they need to assure they will have a successful experience,
including material about responsibilities, teaching assignments, travel,
the host country, and types of accommodations. Cooperating schools advise
and assist students in finding housing; participants are responsible for
making arrangements for their room and board.
The key person in this experience is the cooperating teacher in the
school. This individual brings to life the professional aspects of the
teaching experience through a willingness to share expertise with a
practicum student, observe activities planned and introduced by the
student, offer advice, and provide necessary professional and personal
GST faculty visit the school to assure program effectiveness. Placements
will not be made where adequate supervision cannot be assured.
Cooperating teachers and GST faculty prepare final recommendations for the
Students are responsible for arrangements and expenses associated with
their own travel and room and board. No fee or salary is paid to the
student while completing course requirements. Students are expected to
fulfill classroom and program assignments and often assist in
co-curricular and other activities in the school.
Practicum costs and locations
For information on fees, expenses, available locations, and the application process, please e-mail the director of Global Student Teaching at
Additional costs include travel, room and board, sightseeing, personal
expenses, and mandatory Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI)
insurance, arranged by program personnel. This insurance includes
liability and international health coverage (medical expenses, emergency
family reunion, accidental death & dismemberment, and emergency medical
transportation). CISI insurance does not cover spouses or dependents of
participants. If you need coverage for your traveling companion(s), we
suggest you contact CISI for their recommendation about this type of
insurance. Phone: (800) 303-8120; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.