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 9 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.ucalgaryblogs.ca. 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

This year, TAB students can travel to one of 12 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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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply a variety of facilitation strategies to encourage discussion, generate ideas, and build consensus
  • Apply a variety of leadership strategies to develop meaningful relationships with the program and its participants
  • Apply a variety of teaching strategies to meet the needs of individual learners in different educational settings
  • Develop cross-cultural competencies related to language, culture, and place.
  • Examine a variety of approaches to teaching and learning in non-traditional educational settings
  • Examine how programming fosters inclusion and personal growth
  • Examine how programs and educators create communities that are conducive to teaching and learning
  • Examine how teaching and learning take place in other contexts
  • Examine the diverse ways children and youth experience and express knowledge, actions, and identities
  • Gain experience working with youth in a classroom setting
  • Gain experience working with youth in a small group setting
  • Gain experience working with youth in an individual setting
  • Identify specific opportunities for you to contribute to program communities in a positive, professional manner
  • Model positive behaviour for children, youth, teachers, and parents
  • Navigate new challenges as an educator with the support and guidance of a mentor in a similar field
  • Share and receive knowledge regarding teacher education and teaching practice

Questions? Email tab@ucalgary.ca

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