International Student Teaching


The International Student Teaching program provides students an opportunity to experience, participate, and learn about the education system of another country.

  • Education majors eligible to participate include Unified Early Childhood Education, Integrated Elementary Education, and Secondary Education.
  • Process:
    • First, interested students should apply for student teaching.
    • Next, faculty reviews and approves applications for international student teaching.
    • Finally, the Field Experience Office and IST Coordinator places students in their domestic and international student teaching placements.
  • Education teacher candidates who have been accepted to student teach internationally have two placements: one abroad and one in Minnesota or Wisconsin. In the international placement, a professor from a local college or school will supervise teacher candidates.
  • International Student Teaching Handbook

International Student Teaching Locations

For more information, please contact the International Student Teaching Coordinator or visit the Study Abroad Office.

International Student Teaching Coordinator

Erin Pepelnjak
[email protected]

 Student Experiences


Emily Dockendorf 

Integrated Elementary and Special Education Major

International Student Teacher - Ljubljana, Slovenia

It (Slovenia) is absolutely amazing! We have been traveling every weekend so far, but are staying in Ljubljana this weekend to help with a world cup competition that DKIS is hosting. It will be an amazing experience! The education system here is so different, it is taking a little of adjustment and trial/error to figure out how to fulfill the inquiry-cycle with such a diverse group of learners. The school is amazing, and I can't believe I get to participate and learn in this environment everyday. 



Malorie Davidson

Integrated Elementary and Special Education 

International Student Teacher - Ljubljana, Slovenia

The teachers at Danila Kumar International School were very helpful and taught me many new techniques I plan to use in the future. I was placed in a 4th and 5th-grade classroom. I really benefited from this placement because I was able to see how two different classrooms are run. I received double the exposure to different students as well which strengthened my educating skills. Each class had a different English proficiency so my communication within the class changed depending on the students I was talking to. I gained so much knowledge through communicating and explaining concepts to students.  When I wasn't at school I took advantage of the weekends and traveled a lot. While abroad I went to the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Hungary, and spent some time in different areas of Slovenia. I learned so much from traveling to different cultures and fully immersed myself in the experience. This experience has had such a positive impact on my life and myself as an educator. I look forward to applying my new knowledge to my upcoming student teaching placement.


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Laura Brown
Picture of UMD Students at International School in Croatia
Croatian Church

photo courtesy of Morgan Cunningham
Page photo credits: Morgan Cunningham, Laura Brown, Courtney Krefting, Emily Dockendorf, Malorie Davidson, Megan Blaszkowski, Cassidy Welhouse, and Alexia Bjerke