The Iowa State University international student teaching program is unlike any other in the country. This established program, fostered by Iowa State University faculty/staff through relationships with international school district partners, offers:

About the program

ISU Support

Students receive the support of the ISU School of Education coordinator, who has invested a considerable amount of time in developing lasting long-term relationships with the participating country’s school district and the surrounding area:

Getting started

If you are interested in international student teaching, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to attend the Open House the semester before you student teach.  You will need to sign-up for an interview date/time slot at this event.

Students can begin looking into this program early. To be considered for the program, the student completes an application, which can be submitted well in advance, and participates in an interview.

Application: The application can be found on the ISU Abroad site.

Interview: Sign up for your interview at the International and Outside Locations Open House early the semester before student teaching, or see Ann Pierce to secure a time.


The program fee varies depending on the site. It covers the costs involved in making the placement, partnering with the local school district, and conducting the supervision of the student. The program fee makes this self-supporting program possible.

Travel grant: The College of Human Sciences offers a travel grant of up to $800 to qualifying students.


Pack up your lesson plans for the ultimate continental capstone experience!

Join other adventurous Iowa State University student teachers around the globe. Put your best instructional skills to use as you work with international youth. At the same time, let them teach you about their amazing cultures. Look beyond the campus: There’s a whole big world out there. Now look inside your new teaching bag bulging with ideas: See the whole new world of opportunities for some lucky young students in there.

You and student teaching abroad – it’s a match made in heaven. Or maybe at these locations below!

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