International Student Teaching Opportunities: Sweden
Umea University, Umea, Sweden
Program Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Sharon Kolb
Department of Special Education
Fall Term: Participants will student teach in Umea for six/eight weeks typically beginning November 1st. In December, students will return to Wisconsin to complete their student teaching assignment.
Spring Term: Participants will student teach in Umea for six/eight weeks typically beginning April 1st. In May, students will return to complete their student teaching assignment
Program Requirements and Application Procedures:
- Obtain a Student Teaching Permission Form from Winther Hall, Room 2036. Follow the instructions exactly as noted on the form!
- Schedule an appointment with the Program Faculty Advisor.
- Schedule an appointment with Dan Colleran, Travel Study Coordinator, Center for Global Education, (262) 472-5757, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Program participants must enroll in CIGENRL 470 Student Teaching Seminar if they are a C&I Major or SPECED 498 if they are a Special Ed major.
- Schedule a pre-departure orientation meeting with the UW-W Center for Global Education by calling Ext. 5759.
For more information about the application process, please contact:
Program Application Deadlines:
The deadlines for students to notify Cheryl Wegner that they plan to student teach abroad are:
- February 1st (those who are planning to student teach the following fall)
- September 15th (those who are planning to student teach the following spring)
The deadlines for students to turn in the Permission to Student Teach Abroad form to Cheryl Wegner are:
- February 15th (those who are planning to student teach the following fall semester)
- October 1st (those who are planning to student teach the following spring semester)
Student Teaching Assignment & Placement:
Student teacher placement typically occurs at the same grade level/subject area as the Wisconsin assignment. Placements are available at the elementary and secondary. Contact the Program Faculty Advisor for more information about the placement process.
Student Teacher Supervision:
An Umea University faculty member arranges classroom placements and meets with student teachers during their placement experience. Umea University and UW-W faculty members or adjunct staff will visit and observe student teachers at the Swedish schools.
Program Course Registration and Enrollment:
UW-W College of Education: CIGENRL 470 Student Teaching Seminar
Program participants will study Swedish Education as well as gain knowledge and insight to Swedish culture and history. The seminar will meet approximately once per month, including a preliminary meeting and a follow-up session after the abroad portion of the student teaching experience has concluded.
Student teachers will complete at lease one curricular project linking their Swedish students with their students in Wisconsin to promote cultural awareness. Examples from past participants include: email exchanges, a friendship quilt, scrapbooks, and a “traveling bear” journal.
Criminal Background Checks:
Program participants are required to complete a criminal Background Check as part of the Program application process. Participants must present the original Criminal Background Report to Umea University officials upon arrival in Sweden; a copy of the Criminal Background Report will be sent to Umea University during the program application process.
Passport and Visas:
A valid U.S. passport is required in order to participate in this student teaching program. Currently, a Swedish visa is not required for short-term academic activity.
U.S. Passport Application Information: http://www.uww.edu/international/getting-started/passport-information
The Center for Global Education will assist program participants with housing arrangements at Umea University.
Estimated Program Cost:
The total cost for Program participants is estimated to be $3,500. This estimated cost includes roundtrip airfare from Chicago, housing/lodging while in Sweden, 2 meals per day, phone charges, local transportation, internet access, and one week of European travel after the student teaching experience has concluded. For more detailed cost information, contact Dr. Sharon Kolb.
Participants in the Sweden Student Teaching Program are financial-aid eligible. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information. Tel. 262-472-1130
Study Abroad Scholarship & Wisconsin State Grant for Study Abroad Information:
For information about study abroad scholarships and the Wisconsin State Grant for Study Abroad and for deadlines and application processes, please use the link below: