Teaching Across Borders

The Teaching Across Borders program provides Werklund students with an opportunity to volunteer teach abroad in their third semester of the BEd program.

Werklund School of Education believes that future teachers who live and experience educational systems in another country will have greater awareness and appreciation of diversity and global understanding. TAB options are available at a variety of Werklund School of Education partner educational institutions in a number of countries. Students will ‘volunteer teach’, experience a new culture, and share and receive knowledge regarding teacher education and teaching practice.

Key information


Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, USA, Québec, Spain, Vietnam





Program type


Application information

Application status


F20 applications

Open November 18 - December 9, 2019.
Please see the TAB website for more info. 

Program-specific additional requirements

No academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

F21 applications

Open November 2020.
Please see the TAB website for more info. 

Student experience

"I participated in the Teaching Across Borders (TAB) program through the Werklund School of Education. I was the only student in the program to go to Brazil and I made the best of it. I fell in love with the place, the people, the language, the culture, and I wanted to capture that in a video."

Michael J. Barry

Program details

Students in the Werklund School of Education Teaching Across Borders (TAB) program will live in their TAB placement for approximately 10 weeks of the fall semester where they will volunteer in schools for up to 12 hours/week.

They will participate in the host culture through activities organized by the partner institution and have time to explore on their own. Some of those activities will expose them to the language(s) and culture(s) of the host placement.

In addition, they will participate in the co-creation of an online TAB community.  Within the community, they will reflect upon their learning, how this impacts them as future teachers and how they plan to integrate their new knowledge and understanding into their teaching practices.

They will return to Calgary in November and participate in a debriefing session before beginning their Field 3 practicum experience.

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The program recruits for fall placements. Please see the TAB Website for a detailed timeline.

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This program is only open to students in the Werklund School of Education.

Please see the TAB Website for detailed eligibility criteria and information on how to apply.

Additional information and FAQs can be found on the TAB Website.

The advisor for this program is: Roswita Dressler, TAB Director

International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.