An international student teaching experience isn't a dream; it's a reality!

The STAGE program allows education majors from member colleges to student teach at international schools.

Interaction International’s program STAGE places students, approved by their education department, at international schools. Student teaching in an international setting is possible with this program. The STAGE program began in 1990.  It includes 20 member institutions that send student teachers all over the world. Because of this program, approximately 60 education majors will student teach overseas this year. Since 1990 more than 1,700 Christian college students received student teaching assignments at more than 130 international schools.

Benefits of Student Teaching Overseas

  • Valuable preparation for teaching in an international school setting.
  • Expanded cultural perspectives and worldview.
  • Broadened view of education and expanded knowledge base for developing one’s approach to education.
  • Develops valuable cross-cultural skills.
  • Enriches one’s academic background through first-hand experience in a foreign country and culture.
  • Builds self-confidence and self-esteem through the experience of travel and independent activity.

Steps in the STAGE Process

  1. Contact your school representative to discuss student teaching overseas with the STAGE program. See the list of member schools below for contact information. If your Christian College/University doesn’t participate in STAGE yet?  We can change that!  Have your education professor contact
  2. Receive approval to apply from the Education Department of your college/university to proceed with the application.
  3. Complete the application for participation with STAGE. You can find the application link and guiding information on the APPLICATION tab (above) of this website. When you have completed your application and your college/university representative has approved it, you both will sign an affirmation form and your representative will submit it.
  4. Information on payment of the application fee is located on the PAYMENT tab (above).
  5. Attend the REQUIRED Pre-Experience Orientation. This training is provided twice each year: spring and fall. Students should plan to attend the seminar closest to their departure for their overseas student teaching experience.
  6. Make travel arrangements with the placement school. Because of the uncertainty fostered by global issues, purchase travel insurance as a precaution.
  7. Complete your student teaching at an overseas school.

Ex Officio Member Organizations

We are a global, faith-based nonprofit that works with local communities around the world to develop language solutions that expand possibilities for a better life. SIL’s core contribution areas are Scripture translation, literacy, education, development, linguistic research and language tools.

We are eager for the day when all people enjoy equal access to education, to socio-economic opportunities, and to resources for spiritual growth – no matter what language they speak or sign.

We believe that education is an effective catalyst for bringing hope to individuals and positive transformation to communities.

We follow our Lord Jesus Christ by engaging with the needs of this world – physical, relational, and spiritual. Our teachers use their skills and contexts to bring Christ’s light and healing to all – children, adults, leaders, and mission workers alike.

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