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Study Abroad Programs with Education and Youth Studies

Having school placements and school visits in all three of my courses really helped me achieve my goals, without these courses I would have never really gone outside my comfort level. By the end, since Vaxjo is not a huge city, I would run into many of the faculty, staff, and students from the schools while I would be walking around the town. … It was a good feeling because I managed to step out of that university bubble.

Coral Ellis, ISEP: Linnaeus University, Fall 2015

Note: EDYS majors, or students interested in an education-related field, are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Study in any location abroad can benefit potential teachers. Coursework in fields such as sociology, psychology, history, math, environmental studies, politics, science, economics, music, art, and foreign languages are excellent supportive courses for teaching at various levels.  Pedagogy courses, as well as special projects with EDYS faculty and in schools abroad are also highly recommended. Majors should consult early with faculty to determine the sequence of courses they will take to study abroad. Some students who will certify do their student teaching in a 9th semester to enable them to be off-campus for a semester. Students who plan to certify for teaching may have an option to student teach abroad. Recent placements: Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Ecuador, South Africa, and Thailand.


Australia - James Cook University, Townsville (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring (southern hemisphere calendar). 
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.8 GPA, one college year of study; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.
  • Housing: On-campus residence halls/off-campus apartments; students in campus housing have the option to purchase a meal plan or cook on their own.
  • Details: Study with local students; courses in the faculty of Arts, Education (see potential courses here) and Social Sciences, indigenous Australian studies, Asia-Pacific community development; Australian literature; many courses have a field-trip component for hands-on experience; university research facilities include island, rainforest and outback field stations.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Significantly higher.

Australia – Macquarie University, Sydney (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring (southern hemisphere calendar). 
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.5 GPA, 3.0 for internship; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.
  • Housing: Dormitory or off-campus apartments.
  • Details: Study with local students; many courses in education within the faculty of Human Sciences; social science, indigenous studies and development studies; orientation and a guide to Sydney on line; internships possible, volunteer opportunities available.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Significantly higher.

Czech Republic – ISEP: Masaryk University, Brno (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring (TESOL only in spring).
  • Language: English and other languages, Czech.
  • Prereqs: Previous coursework relating to the understanding of Czech Republic.
  • Housing: Dormitory, stipend for meals in cafeteria.
  • Details: Second largest university in the country; 2 specialized programs in English: Central European Studies Program focuses on political and cultural transformations shaping the region; TESOL for teaching English to speakers of other languages in a cross-cultural environment; other courses in English include the Faculty of Education; International Club provides activities and excursions.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Lower.

Ecuador - Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: Spanish, partly in English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA and 3.0 in Spanish; 2 years of college Spanish; enrollment in a Spanish course the semester or summer before; previous course work for studio art courses; courses with a Latin American focus strongly recommended. 
  • Housing: Host family.
  • Details: Orientation in Quito; Quito in Transition course; full range of science and social science courses, some with field study trips; courses in education, psychology and sociology are offered in the college of liberal arts; study with local students; excursions; volunteer opportunities.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Lower.

Hong Kong - Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China (Ex) 

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: Previous coursework with an Asian focus.
  • Housing: Campus student hostel.
  • Details: Study at the only Chinese liberal arts college with local and international students; live in a major international commerce center; basic Cantonese available; wide range of cultural studies, social sciences and humanities courses, no natural science; students encouraged to take courses in Cultural Studies; excellent campus facilities; many student activities, excursions. 
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.

New Zealand - University of Otago, Dunedin  (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring (southern hemisphere calendar). 
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.8 GPA, 3.0 preferred. Previous coursework may be needed for some courses. Potential Education courses may be found here.
  • Housing: International students live in the University Flats with a Kiwi host. Shop for and prepare own meals. 
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Significantly higher.

Sweden - ISEP: Linnaeus University, Vaxjo (D)

  • Semesters: Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.75 GPA.
  • Housing: Dormitory, stipend for meals on campus. 
  • Description: Courses in European Union politics, peace & development studies, and political science. 
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Significantly higher.

United States - Chicago Center: Urban Teaching Practicum (P)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Prereqs: Junior or senior standing, approval through campus selection process, coursework in teaching needed prior to entering practicum stage. 
  • Housing: Live with other program participants in housing provided by the Chicago Center in Hyde Park, IL. Shop for and prepare meals on your own or with other participants. 
  • Details: Student teaching in Chicago. In the program orientation and in a pre-program visit, you’ll visit your school, meet the staff you’ll be working with, and see what our neighborhood and housing is like before you start the program, to make sure your internship experience goes smoothly. Then, you’ll work in a school setting to gain the credit you need to complete your teaching degree.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.


Recent education majors have studied through Beloit College in Ecuador and Germany, and at the Field School in Chile (summer); programs through other providers in India, Ireland and Poland. Students are also encouraged to work with a Beloit faculty advisor on a special project tailored to their interest in any study abroad location.  _________________________________________________________________________________________________


  • D: Direct enrollment in a university as a visiting student.
  • Ex: Enrollment in a university as an exchange student.
  • P: Provider program. Program organized for students attending U.S. colleges and universities.

Non-tuition educational expenses: 

Cost of room and board compared to Beloit College. Other expenses to consider:  airfare, local transportation, visas, health insurance, immunizations, books, student activity fees, recreational travel and other activities. 

  • Higher: Up to $2,000 more than Beloit College room and board for one semester.
  • Significantly Higher: $2,001 or more above Beloit College room and board.

Last Updated: 11/2018