Frequently Asked Questions

When do I need to inquire or start the process to Student Teach overseas?

To student teach abroad we strongly recommend you begin the process at least one year in advance.  Inquire about the process while you are enrolled in Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students or before.

Start the application process while you are enrolled in Elementary or Secondary Reading.

I’m currently enrolled in Elementary/Secondary Curriculum.  Am I too late to apply for Overseas Student Teaching?

Multiple Subject students please inquire with the Director of Elementary Education, Dr. Carolyn Bishop.  Single Subject students please inquire with the Director of Teacher Education, Dr. Dennis Eastman.

Who do I need to speak with about the process to student teach overseas?

To start the process, complete the Interest Inquiry Form, then contact Flora Herrera in the School of Education office to set up an appointment at (562) 903-4843. Multiple Subject students will schedule an appointment with Dr. Carolyn Bishop, Director of Elementary Education, while Single Subject students will schedule an appointment with Dr. Dennis Eastman, Director of Teacher Education.

I know I am required to do a portion of my Student Teaching in California.  How is my Student Teaching semester broken up if I am student teaching overseas?

Multiple Subject Student Teachers will complete Phase I (8 weeks) of their Student Teaching in a California public school.  An Overseas Student Teaching placement will follow in Phase II (8 weeks).

Single Subject Student Teachers will complete their first 9 weeks of Student Teaching in a California public school.  Overseas Student Teaching for Single Subject students will take place in the second 9 weeks of the semester.

Do I need any previous mission or overseas experience?

Previous experience is preferred, but not required before you embark on Overseas Student Teaching.  For more information regarding this requirement, please contact Laura De Courcy in the School of Education office at (562) 903-4843.

What types of schools are available for overseas student teaching placement?

Biola University collaborates with Interaction International, a program that allows education majors to do their student teaching at overseas school locations and helps facilitate cultural training and preparation before you teach abroad.

What is the cost of Overseas Student Teaching?

Cost vary from country to country.  Tuition fees, registration fees, airfare, living expenses, in-country travel, passport and/or visa fees, as well as miscellaneous expenses all need to be considered when arranging financial aid and payment for the applicable semester.

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