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Whether it's a high school science class in Australia or an elementary school class in South Africa, as a participant in the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST) program, you learn first-hand what it means to be a teacher in a global society.

COST may serve as part of the culminating experience of your teacher education program, marking the transition from student to professional educator. The consortium allows you to experience this singular moment in your teaching career through full immersion in a foreign culture and classroom.

Each year, between 10 and 15 College of Education students complete this final step of their teacher education programs by taking advantage of this opportunity to student teach abroad. As you think about your student teaching options, we encourage you to consider the COST program, a consortium of universities from across the nation that work through their own colleges and departments to place students in classrooms around the world.

The language of instruction is always English. You do not have to speak or learn a foreign language.

Program information

Established in 1972, COST is a collaboration of 15 colleges and universities in the United States that provides opportunities for its students to have quality student teaching experiences in overseas settings.

Program sites

Through the COST program, you could teach in Australia, Spain, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Greece, Germany, France, China, New Zealand, and other exciting destinations!

Interested in applying?

Your COST coordinator at UGA is Anna Hiers. Contact her for more information about the program and the application process. To learn more drop by the Office of Experiential Learning (122 Aderhold Hall) between 2-5 p.m on Wednesdays.

Application Details

Your academic program must approve your request to apply to the COST program. Submit a pre-application essay to the UGA COST coordinator to be considered.

COST and edTPA

COST participants complete a "split" clinical practice placement: The first eight weeks of the clinical practice take place in a Georgia school, and the final seven weeks take place abroad through the COST program. Teacher candidates complete all edTPA requirements prior to going abroad.