About Teaching Across Borders

The Werklund School of Education believes that students who live and teach in another place will have greater awareness and appreciation of diversity and global understanding. Teaching Across Borders (TAB) provides an opportunity for students to participate in a placement in the Fall semester of their final year of their program. Students will volunteer teach, experience a new culture, and share and receive knowledge regarding teacher education and teaching practice.

TAB participants will live in their host country for approximately 10 weeks of the fall semester where they will volunteer in schools for up to 12 hours/week. They will participate in the host culture through activities organized by the partner institution and have time to explore on their own. Some of those activities will expose them to the language(s) and culture(s) of the host placement.

In addition, they will participate in the co-creation of an online TAB community at teachingacrossborders.ning.com. Within the community, they will reflect upon their learning, consider how this impacts them as future teachers, and discuss how they plan to integrate their new knowledge and understanding into their teaching practices.

Participants will return to Calgary in November and participate in a debriefing session before beginning their Field 3 practicum experience.

We encourage students to apply with the intent of experiencing, learning, and knowing the world differently, and with a desire to bring positive change.

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Partner Countries

In Fall 2020, TAB students can travel to one of 13 placements in 10 countries.

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Application Information

Students apply to TAB the year before their final Fall semester.

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TAB Timeline

From application, to pre-departure, to after you're home, these dates will make your TAB experience run smoothly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Funding Opportunities

Living and teaching abroad can be expensive. Costs vary between placements, but these funding opportunities can help you to finance your experiences abroad:

University of Calgary International

University of Calgary International

Students' Union

Students' Union

Alberta Student Loans

Alberta Student Loans

You can also check out these opportunities for Language and Cultural Learning before you travel