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Study Abroad Programs - Student Teaching Abroad

This unique UMaine program will give education students the opportunity to learn about teaching in an international context and allow students to practice their teaching skills. During the program students enroll for student teaching credits at UMaine and complete the second half of their student teaching placement abroad.


  • Undergraduate: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Art Education and Kinesiology (Coaching track)
  • Graduate students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program

If you are not one of these majors, please contact the Study Abroad Advisor for available programs.



There’s more to Australia than the beautiful beaches and great weather – a student teaching placement in Australia will allow you to see beyond the common aspects of Australia and discover why the country has built a strong reputation for being a leader in the sciences, a partner to Asia, and an innovator in the arts. The public schools where student teachers are placed are in urban areas with a very diverse student population. Internship placements are available in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney


Chile is South America’s safest and most thriving country that hosts a large, educated middle class population. Chile is home to over 16 million inhabitants. It is known for its stunning natural scenery, whether it is the mountains of Patagonia or the beach resort areas along the South Pacific Ocean. Since Chile is 2880 miles long, it hosts a wide range of climates including northern deserts, Mediterranean-like climate in the middle, and an oceanic climate of alpine tundra and glaciers in the south. It’s wealth of outdoor attractions makes it a great destination for the adventurous student looking for a unique Spanish-speaking destination. All placements in Santiago, the capital of Chile, will be in schools where the language of instructions is in English. No previous knowledge of Spanish language is required.


China is often touted as having one of the world’s oldest surviving civilizations whose people have shared a common culture for more than 5,000 years. The blending of ancient traditions, technological advancement, economic reform, and government control is creating a new China that is dynamic and cannot be defined in conventional ways. Placements are available in Shanghai, China, which is one of the world’s largest cities and one of its most important centers for business and trade. With a population close to 20 million people, Shanghai also presents unlimited multicultural experiences. People from all over the world call Shanghai home which has helped give the city a unique culture.  All placements in Shanghai will be conducted in schools where the language of instructions is in English. No previous knowledge of Chinese language is required.

New Zealand

Natural beauty and a strong innovative economy mean that New Zealand has always been an attractive destination for people looking for work experience abroad.  The scenery sets it apart from the rest of the world, while the people have a reputation for friendliness, strength, and independence. There is abundant beauty and diversity in landscape, lifestyle, and culture. New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington has a world-class film industry (home of the Lord of the Rings trilogy). Placements are available in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.


This Mediterranean country stretches from the snowy mountains of the north to the famous beaches of the south, it’s one of the world’s most diverse nations and also a good spot for history buffs. Placements are available in Valencia, which  is the third largest city in Spain. Valencia is a very cultural city with strong influences in science, education, business, and the arts. Valencia’s old city center is made up of historic buildings, cathedrals, shops, restaurants, and businesses. The city has a strong public transportation system including a subway, buses, and tram. Valencia’s proximity to Madrid, along with an assessable high speed rail system and international airport, make it a great location that will allow easy access to other locations within Spain and Europe.


  • Spring semester: end of February to early May
  • Fall semester: mid October to mid December

Some locations may have different dates based on the local academic calendar. Students participating in student teaching abroad in the spring semester may miss UMaine Commencement.

Spring 2014 Departure Teaching Dates Break Teaching Dates Duration
Australia 2/20/14 2/24-4/11 4/12-27 4/28-5/2 10 weeks
Chile 2/21/14 2/24-4/19 N/A N/A 8 weeks
China 2/21/14 2/24-3/21 3/22-30 3/31-4/25 8 weeks
New Zealand 2/21/14 2/24-4/16 N/A N/A 8 weeks
Spain 1/3/14 1/7-2/28 N/A N/A 8 weeks


Fall 2014 Departure Teaching Dates Break Teaching Dates Duration
Australia 10/9/14 10/13-12/5 N/A N/A 8 weeks
Chile 10/10/14 10/13-12/5 N/A N/A 8 weeks
China 10/10/14 10/13-12/5 N/A N/A 8 weeks
New Zealand 10/9/14 10/13-12/5 N/A N/A 8 weeks


Students pay tuition to UMaine for 15 credit hours (6-9 at the graduate level), and a program fee to GlobaLinks Learning Abroad which includes placement into a student teaching experience, accommodation, health insurance, airport pick up and 24/7 emergency in-country support. Students must budget for meals, airfare, and personal expenses.

 Budget Item Australia Chile China  New Zealand Spain 
 UMaine Tuition & Fees (15 credits)  regular UM rate  regular UM rate  regular UM rate  regular UM rate   regular UM rate 
 GlobaLinks Program Fee (8 weeks)  $6,070 $5,405  $5,415  $6,070  $5,475
 GlobaLinks Program Fee (10 weeks) $6,670 (spring) - - $6,670 (spring) -
 Meals  $75-100/wk $75-100/wk $50-70/wk   $75-100/wk  $75-100/wk
 Airfare  $1,500-1,900  $1,500-1,900  $1,100-1,500   $1,500-1,900  $800-1,200
 Visa  $365 $160  $220  $40  $0
 Miscellaneous  $100+/wk  $100+/wk  $50-100/wk   $100+/wk   $100+/wk

Financial Aid

All UMaine financial aid applies to this program. Students may be able to apply for additional loans.


Interested students should contact  Pam Kimball, the Field Experiences and Certification Program Director.

Student voices

This internship is one of a kind. For me the past 10 weeks have been a career building experience in which I have found self discovery both professionally as a future educator and personally.

~Ellin Hale, Newcastle Australia, Spring 2014



The school that I am working at is very welcoming and helpful. They treat me as one of the staff here, and it does help that they all speak English… Since I do not look like I’m from China, some people will come up to me and try to be of assistance if I look puzzled standing at an intersection. This has surprised me. Read the full blog from China: Patrick Mullarkey’s blog from Shanghai, China

~Patrick Mullarkey, Shanghai, China, Spring 2013


Last Modified On May 29, 2014

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