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International Student Teaching Mexico
Guanajuato, Mexico; Oaxaca, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 04/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2016 10/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Student Teaching
Language of Instruction:
English and Foreign Language
Minimum GPA:
Target Language:
Program Description:

International Student Teaching - Mexico

Guanajuato, Mexico

Oaxaca, Mexico

Location Guanajuato or Oaxaca, Mexico
Eligibility Education Major, 2.5 GPA
Term Fall, Spring
Partner Website Guanajuato- Click Here
Oaxaca- Click Here
1st Application Student Teaching Permission Form (FILLABLE).pdf

UW-Whitewater and the College of Education and Professional Studies are proud to offer an ever-expanding list of international student teaching opportunities for university students. Students would complement their Wisconsin student teaching program with a short-term student teaching assignment in another country. These typically run for a period of 2-8 weeks. Students in the College of Education may fulfill part of their student teaching requirement by teaching abroad in; Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, or Sweden.

International student teaching is a great way for University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students to gain an international immersion experience. This global opportunity is ideal for education students who are unable to do a traditional study abroad program or want to build on their global experiences. Students are encouraged to broaden their horizons and be competitive in the job market by participating in an international educational opportunity.

A program agreement between the University of Guanajuato and the College of Education at UW-Whitewater is set up to offer student teaching in the elementary grades. In addition to this, an additional program agreement with Collegio Bachilleres del Estado de Oaxaca (COBAO) is set up to offer student teaching in the secondary grades. Both programs are open for students in any area of the COEPS, but they are ideal for students majoring in ESL, bilingual education, or Spanish. This program is approximately nine weeks long during the fall or spring semester.


Students must make housing arrangements in Guanajuato or in Oaxaca, Mexico before accepting a student teaching placement in a Mexican school. Housing arrangements are facilitated via the UW-W Center for Global Education and the local program contact at each site in Mexico. Homestays and furnished apartments are options.


Student Life and Surroundings

Guanajuato is a city in central Mexico. It is located in a narrow valley, which makes the streets of the city narrow and winding. Most are alleys that cars cannot pass through, and some are long sets of stairs up the mountainsides. The streets and alleys of the city are filled with mostly colonial era buildings, restaurants, bars, cafes with terraces and small plazas. Whether you're a nature-lover, a nightlife-fiend or a shopaholic, there are plenty of things to do and experience out and about in Guanajuato.

Oaxaca is best known for it’s indigenous peoples and cultures. Most live in the Central Valleys region, which is also an important area for tourism, attracting people for its archeological sites such as Monte Albán, native culture and crafts. Another important tourist area is the coast, which has the major resort of Huatulco. Oaxaca is also one of the most biologically diverse states in Mexico, ranking in the top three, along with Chiapas and Veracruz, for numbers of reptiles, amphibians, mammals and plants.

Travel to Mexico

We suggest that students travel together both for companionship and for cost savings. Students will have a chance to meet and discuss travel plans at UW-Whitewater. The schedule provides a few days to explore the country and become acclimated before starting the student teaching placement, and students traveling in groups have found reasonably priced accommodations in Guanajuato and Oaxaca. Students have had success with several local travel agencies in arranging reasonably priced airfares. (They have also discovered that online ticket agencies may have lower prices, but only for restricted tickets, and that the personal service of a traditional travel agent has been helpful especially for those new to international travel.)

Estimated Cost of Program

Program Fee

Airfare $500
Room and Board $2,000
CISI Insurance $90
Travel Documents $135
Total Cost (estimated) $3,000



UW-W student teachers are billed for mandatory UW System health insurance and UW System Contingency Fee directly via their student account. Students pay separately for housing/meal plan. Obtaining a U.S. passport and the optional International Student ID card are the responsibility of the student teacher. The Center for Global Education can assist student teachers with many of these items.

Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Grants

Eligible students are able to receive financial aid. Students will need to bring a budget sheet to an appointment with Financial Aid in order to determine financial need. Students can pick up a budget sheet for this program in the Center for Global Education.
To make an appointment with Financial Aid, call 262-472-1130

For information about study abroad scholarships, the Wisconsin State Grant for Study Abroad, and for deadlines and application procedures click here.

Program Requirements and Application Procedures

  1. This program is open to students who are pursuing licensure in English as a Second Language, Bilingual Education, Spanish, or who have advanced proficiency in Spanish.
  2. Fill and print out this form: Student Teaching Permission Form (FILLABLE).pdf. Follow the instructions exactly as noted on the Form!
  3. Schedule an appointment with a program Faculty Advisor.
  4. Schedule an appointment with Dan Colleran, Center for Global Education, Tel. 262-472-5757, Email:
  5. Program participants must enroll in UW-W CIGENRL 470: Student Teaching for the semester they are student teaching.
  6. Schedule a pre-departure orientation meeting with the UW-W Center for Global Education by calling 262-472-5759.

Student Teaching Assignment and Placement

Student teaching placements are in English as a foreign language or other content specialty areas at the primary school or high school level. Students typically complete eight weeks of student teaching in Mexico before completing nine weeks of student teaching in a Wisconsin school. Contact the Program Faculty Advisor (PFA) for more information about the placement process.

Student Teacher Supervision

The teaching placement is facilitated and supervised by faculty in the Department of Languages at the University of Guanajuato. They have been prepared to supervise international student teachers. UW-Whitewater faculty make on-site visits to supervise placements.

A COBAO teacher with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from UW-Whitewater supervises placements and meets with student teachers on a regular basis. A UW-Whitewater faculty member will visit student teachers on-site during the student teaching experience.

Key Dates

Term Application Date Term Dates
Fall Semester February 25th* TBD
Spring Semester September 25th* TBD
*Students who intend to participate in this program must notify Renee Gailloretor prior to applying.

Cultural Background

For general cultural and historical information about Guanajuato, please see the following links: Guanajuato on Wikipedia, UNESCO World Heritage site,

A thoughtful website devoted to the many cultures of Oaxaca can be found at In addition to developing Spanish throughout homestay options, there are opportunities to study Spanish at the Universidad Autónoma de Benito Juárez de Oaxaca (UABJO). Prof. Susan Huss-Lederman (, who spent 2009-10 in Oaxaca as a Fulbright Scholar, is also a valuable source of information.


UW-W Faculty Advisor
Melanie Schneider
Curriculum and Instruction
Office: Winther 3042
Tel: 262-472-5439

Dan Colleran
Center for Global Education
Office: Hyland 1227
Tel: 262-472-5757 (direct)
        262-472-5759 (appointments)