Placements in Asia

Xi'an, China

Partner Institution: Shaanxi Normal University

Placement Highlights

In past years, China students have had the chance to teach in a variety of school settings with limited supervision. Students often have the opportunity to be enrolled in Mandarin classes, and the hosts at SNNU arrange a variety of cultural opportunities outside of class and teaching time.

Accommodations

China students will be placed in the university's international student housing, which is similar to a hotel. Students receive a meal card that can be used in the hotel's cafeteria.

Documentation Required

Visa, SNNU Student Application Form

Estimated Costs

  • Return Flight: $1,000-$1,200
  • Qixiayuan Hotel (on SNNU campus): $570+ per month
  • Ground Transportation: $30-$40 (taxis, bus, subway); bike rental options also available
  • Food: $200 per month (mix of on- and off-campus food)
  • Exchange Rate

Hokkaido, Japan

Partner Institution: Hokkaido University of Education

Placement Highlights

In past years, students have spent their first month of TAB in Sapporo, participating in intensive Japanese classes as well as cultural activities and school visits. Afterwards, students are typically divided into groups of two between three of HUE's satellite campuses, including Sapporo, Asahikawa, Kushiro, Hakodate, and Iwamizawa. Each site features in-school placements and a variety of cultural opportunities.

Accommodations

Vary by location. Sapporo placements (the first month) are usually homestay. Other sites also use homestay, however, some use international student housing or campus dorms.

Documentation Required

Measles Certificate, No Visa (for Canadian travellers)

Estimated Costs

  • Return Flight: $1,300-$1,600
  • Accommodation:
    • Sapporo: Homestay 2500 Yen/day ($33/day approx.)
    • Kushiro: Dormitory with cafeteria $516/mo approx.
  • Transportation varies based on distance between your Homestay and the University:
    • Sapporo: $125-280 per month
    • Hakodate: $25-125 per month
  • Food:
    • Sapporo: Included with homestay except school lunches (to be purchased through liaison)
    • Kushiro: TBD plus school lunches to be purchased through local liaison
  • Can of Coke: $4.00
  • Cup of Coffee: $3.50
  • Currency: YEN
  • Exchange Rate

Osaka, Japan

Partner Institution: Osaka YMCA International School

Placement Highlights

In past years, students have been placed at the junior high/high school in Suito, which is run by the Osaka YMCA. Students have the opportunity to teach in English, sometimes based on their subject area, under the guidance of the school's English as an Additional Language (EAL) specialists. There are no language learning classes for students placed in Osaka, however, there are a range of cultural opportunities close at hand.

Accommodations

We ask you to find your own accommodations, located near the Suito school. Reliable high-speed internet is an important look-for.

Documentation Required

Measles Certificate, No Visa (for Canadian travellers)

Estimated Costs

  • Return Flight: $1,300-$1,600
  • Accommodation: TBD
  • Food: TBD
  • Can of Coke: $4.00
  • Cup of Coffee: $3.50
  • Currency: YEN
  • Exchange Rate

Da Nang, Vietnam

Partner Institution: University of Da Nang, University of Education

Placement Highlights

In past years, students have been placed in two schools: a primary school and a gifted high school. Vietnam students often have the opportunity to teach with limited supervision, allowing them to explore the similarities and differences between their two school placements. There are no language learning classes for students placed in Vietnam, however, there are a range of cultural opportunities close at hand.

Accommodations

We ask you to find your own accommodations, centrally located. Students often opt for AirBnBs with more reliable high-speed internet.

Documentation Required

Student Visa (not a travel visa)

Estimated Costs

  • Return Flight: $1,300-$1,600
  • Accommodation cost varies by type:
    • Dorm rate (3-4 sharing): $200/month/room ($300 start up supplies)
    • AirBnB: $250 per month
  • Ground Transportation: $175/week (from dorm to schools, etc.)
  • Food: $250-$300 per month (combination of groceries/eating out)
  • Can of Coke: $1.00
  • Cup of Coffee: $3.00 (latte)
  • Currency: Dong
  • Exchange Rate

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