Study Abroad

"This trip has served to ignite my love for traveling and learning more about cultures around the world. I cannot wait to get back in the classroom and share my experiences abroad with my students and co-workers. However, this trip did not only serve to make me a better educator, this trip has helped me grow as an individual, and I could not be more excited about the future."
-Amber Creech, Elementary Education
Brazil Student Teaching Abroad, Spring 2012

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Why should education majors study abroad?

Can I afford it? How does this fit into my major? How do I get started? What other options do I have for international education if study abroad isn't an option for me? How can I share my study abroad experience with K-8 students in NC? See our Study Abroad FAQ document to find the answers to these questions and visit the Study Abroad Website to begin your search for your study abroad program!


College of Education Short Term Study Abroad Programs


Student Teaching Abroad

Complete part of your student teaching experience in another country! Participants will spend the first 10 weeks of their final semester student teaching in their North Carolina placement classroom, and the final 4-5 weeks teaching at one of our three partner schools in Russia, China, or Brazil. For more information, visit the student teaching abroad website.

Czech Republic - Prague Institute

Spend the summer in Prague taking education course work taught by NC State University faculty members.  Summer 2012 course offerings include EDP 304/EDP 504 Educational Psychology/Advanced Educational Psychology and EDP 560/ED 507/ELM 350 Educational Testing and Measurement/Principles of Developing and Interpreting Assessment/Assessment of Learning and Behavior.  For details please visit the Prague Institute's Study Abroad website.

Costa Rica students

Costa Rica - Cultural Immersion in Costa Rica

APPLICATION NOW OPEN! Application deadline: February 7, 2014 

This 10-day program to Costa Rica is ideal for teacher education students and NC Teaching Fellows, but all others are welcome to apply.  Experience Costa Rica through the schools, economy, geography, and culture.  This immersion includes school visits, volunteering, co-op tours within the economic structure, home stay, and team building.  Part of the experience includes residing at a research station in a part of the rain forest. Participants will grow as a community and appreciate the culture through first-hand experiences.  There will be preparation seminars prior to the departure and follow-up.  The experience will include a zip line tour, white water rafting and site seeing the natural beauty of Costa Rica.  Particants will teach a mini-lesson and engage in cultural event.  This experience is geared for first time participants to study abroad.  To apply, visit the program website.

Honduras -Counselor Education in Honduras

Students in Honduras

Visit Honduras for a 12-day summer program focused on Counselor Education. This program has been designed with the purpose of providing learning opportunities that will prepare counseling professionals for their roles as multi-culturally competent counselors, educators, leaders, and advocates for social justice. The program constitutes a comprehensive cultural immersion experience that promotes self awareness, mutual understanding and reflection beyond traditional pedagogical methods currently employed in the Counselor Education Program. It provides a multi-lens view of the counseling field in terms of diversity, cultural and social differences, knowledge, and practice. Hence, the objectives of the program spotlight the 3 major components of higher education: education, research, and service. To apply, visit the program website.

 England - Integrating Writing and Technology at Surrey University

This study abroad opportunity blends academic and experiential learning. Participants not only study current research and theory in the teaching of writing, they experience every aspect of the writing process approach through daily writing and 21st century technology. Participants will visit literary and historical sites and use these to prompt their writing. The course is open to K-12 teachers, prospective teachers, all content areas, and anyone interested in writing! Learn more and view the scholarship application.



Featured Semester Programs for Education Majors

Australia: University of Wollongong
Wollongong offers students the opportunity to complete coursework in the Faculty of Education. Students can take a variety of courses in departments such as aboriginal studies, psychology, mathematics teaching, physical health training, and science education. Learn more

United Kingdom: University of Leeds
Leeds offers students the opportunity to complete general education coursework requirements at one of the top universities in the UK. Students also have the option to take courses through the Department of Education. Learn more


Turkey: Bogazici University

Located in the fascinating city of Istanbul, Bogazici offers English-taught courses in areas such as foreign language education, elementary education, technology education, and mathematics education, as well as many GEP course options. Learn more

Ghana: University of Ghana
Ghana offers English-taught courses to students interested in completing general education requirements. Students also have the opportunity to volunteer with local organizations and schools while in Ghana. Learn more

South Africa: University of Cape Town

University of Cape Town offers a wealth of GEP, humanities, and science course options. Students also have extensive tutoring and after-school teaching opportunities with local township communities through the SHAWCO program. Learn more



National Student Exchange

Exchange at one of over 190 campuses throughout the United States at in-state tuition rates! As a member of the National Student Exchange Program (NSE), NC State University provides opportunities for full-time undergraduate students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher to exchange for a semester or an academic year. Interested students should apply before February 1 of each year so that placements can be made at participating universities for the following academic year. Full details about the application process and participating campuses are available on NC State's NSE website.

As an education major, the National Student Exchange gives you the opportunity to continue your education studies while experiencing diverse educational systems in the United States and Puerto Rico. Suggested destination schools include:

  • Queens College, New York City
  • Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
  • California State University Los AngelesNational Student Exchange
  • Florida International University, Miami
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago
  • Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
  • Mississippi State University
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • University of Texas at San Antonio



Alternative Service Break Trips

CSLEPS's Alternative Service Break (ASB) trip program is a unique service-learning experience in which students engage in direct service to a community, while being immersed in the culture and customs of that community. Teams are led by student team leaders and accompanied by faculty advisors. Throughout the trip, team members participate in a variety of cultural, educational, recreational and reflective activities to enhance their service experience. Trips are offered over NCSU's fall, winter, and spring breaks. Education-related trips are offered to Alaska, the Dominican Republic, and New Mexico.



Additional Resources



For questions about the College of Education's global initiatives, please contact Allison Mitchall, Director of Student Involvement, at allison_mitchall@ncsu.edu or 919-513-4120.

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