​Canberra, Australia 

Canberra is the capital city of Australia and located south of Sydney.  To compliment the student teaching experience in the classroom, Canberra is a beautiful city with many activities and sight-seeing opportunities.  Students will be teaching in Australian schools and working with students from diverse backgrounds and cultures.  Schools in Australia will be beginning their school year as CMU students arrive, and are only a few weeks into their curriculum as their seasons are opposite of the United States. 

You will have an opportunity to work beside educators who welcome you warmly into their classrooms and quickly have you immersed in the curriculum and learning opportunities.  The schools you will be working in are known for their high academic standards, diverse student and teacher backgrounds and curricular offerings.  You will have many opportunities to develop self-confidence as you work with educators in Australia and learn about another educational system. 

The international experience provides an added dimension to a student’s teaching background which interests prospective employers.  Prospective employers will be intrigued by your international experiences – five weeks in another country, learning to navigate, gaining respect for another culture, working with currency, travel, another educational structure, as well as international education standards.

Students will be living in 3-4 person villas, much like our apartments, and travel to and from school will be by public transportation.  Excursions will be planned and are included in the cost of the program.  Student teaching observations and seminars will continue with a University Coordinator who will also be the faculty leader.   

Students will be exposed to cultures in Australia, geographic, economic, political, historic, environmental and social landscapes of this country.  Through the program students may become prepared for future changes in American culture and the experience will broaden your world view.  Students will begin networking with other educators and developing professional relationships.   Students will learn so much about the kind of teacher they want to be and who you are as a person.  Memories and experiences will be shared that can last a lifetime.


Students will be required to attend three meetings prior to departure in March.  Students are also required to attend seminars and complete the seminar coursework while in Australia.

Applications: two applications are required.
  1. TEPD Student Teaching Application - Completed Online
  2. Global Student Teaching Application
For further information, please email the Center for Clinical Experiences at

Student Testimonial
In the middle of July, I attended a GSRP job fair. From the job fair, I got three interviews and multiple callbacks. The first question I was asked in each interview was about Australia. My time in Canberra, Australia was the biggest life changing experience I've ever had. I learned so much about not only the kind of teacher I want to be, but who I am as a person. I will cherish those memories and friendships for the rest of my life. 

Last week, I started my job as a GSRP teacher in the Lamphere school district – a dream come true!

Chelsea Anderson

   ​​For information on scholarships, expenses, lodging information and more, please visit the Office of Study Abroad.
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