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As an education major, you study how people learn and how to best teach visual, auditory, experiential, and other types of learners. However, teaching is best learned by practice and by exposure. When you study abroad, you'll definitely encounter different types of students, teachers, classroom settings, and teaching methods. Want to know how the Finns get such high test scores? Interested in why the Italian education system just seems to have issues? You'll get to see all of that when you go study education abroad in a brand spankin' new culture.

American classrooms are becoming incredibly diverse, serving students of different nationalities, home languages, and past experiences. Having studied abroad, you will be able to relate better to any students you might encounter and you will have experience interacting with people from cultures separate from your own. This will surely make you a more sympathetic and open teacher. So why not get out there and learn as much as you can?

In the UK, the top universities to study Education are University of Cambridge, King’s College London, University of Edinburgh, and Nottingham. National University of Singapore has a well respected education department. South Africa is home to the best institutions for education studies in Africa, including University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. If Australia is more appealing to you, check out University of Queensland and Victoria University.

Education systems can vary quite a bit from country to country, so you should choose your study abroad location with this in mind. There are many places in which education is highly underdeveloped, so if you are interested in education policy and developing schooling systems, these sorts of places might be most interesting and useful to you.

On the other hand, westernized, more developed countries often have a school system similar to the U.S. and can give you a fresh, but still recognizable, perspective on teaching and education. Although, some countries do not really offer early education; so if this is your specialty, make sure to research accordingly.

You should definitely research whether you can do volunteer or internship projects at local schools! This gives you a unique opportunity to step outside of the theoretic realm of education and actually experience the real-world classroom in any location you head off to.

No matter where you end up, you're sure to encounter new challenges and adventures. Overcoming the barriers of language and culture with your students-- and finding ways to reach and teach them despite the obstacles-- is a fantastic opportunity to grow as a teacher!

And while you're considering all your study abroad options, don't forget to keep in mind your interests outside of education. Sure, you want to be the best teacher EVAH, but study abroad is the perfect time to experiment with your untapped passions. Think about taking that painting class you couldn't fit into your schedule at home, or trying out a new sport to make friends abroad! A well rounded person makes a well rounded teacher, so take advantage of all the possibilities study abroad has to offer!

Home institutions often offer major-specific scholarships, so check with the Education department at your school!

Contributed by Emma Cramer

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New Zealand

AUT University
AUT University is the second largest University in New Zealand and is among the fastest growing. 4,000 international students...

Scotland

Summer School University of Edinburgh
Study in one of the world's cultural capitals this summer...Edinburgh, Scotland! Our Summer School courses offer a broad rang...

Ireland

CAPA The Global Education Network
Try and nab the luck of the Irish when you find yourself in Dublin, Ireland. Established as a Viking settlement in the 10th c...

England

API
Study abroad in England with API and join more than 30,000 students at the University of Leeds. In addition to English studen...

South Africa

AIFS Study Abroad
Spend a semester or year in the captivating city of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Earn up to 15 credits through a variety of co...

China

That's Mandarin Chinese Language School
Between the months of June and August your Kids and Teens ( 7- 17 ) can join us at our Shanghai or Beijing campuses for some...

England

Randolph College Abroad
Enroll directly and study abroad at the University of Reading, one of England's most prestigious universities. Study abroad s...

Guatemala

ICA Spanish
ICAmigos began collaborating with two public schools in the city of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala in 1994. We work with an all gi...

Cameroon

Afri-Link
This teaching position is for an established after school education programme for orphans and disadvantaged children in rural...

Guatemala

ICA Spanish
ICAmigos has been collaborating with a bilingual Mam-Spanish school in the indigenous community of Cabricán since 1992. In Gu...

Spain

Central College Abroad (CCA)
Granada is a city at the intersection of two beautiful cultures. It is a jewel of Arab civilization on the Iberian Peninsula,...

Spain

GlobalEd Programs
As a program participant, you will spend a 6-week summer term in Seville, Spain taking a minimum of 20 hours of intensive Spa...
University of Nicosia Global Semesters
Meet businesses around the world with our Global Business Semester! Students can choose from art, European culture, business,...

Nicaragua

ICADS
Gain hands-on experience and knowledge; move beyond the theory into the practice, and put your views of development and justi...

France

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University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center
Study in this cultured university city with a centuries-old history of intellectual advances and social tolerance. Complete t...