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COST

Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching



TO: Applicants to COST Program
FROM: Yolandia Eubanks, COST Director
I am very pleased the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST) can provide opportunities for student teachers to teach and learn in schools outside the United States, and I am also pleased that students like you are interested in participating in the program. I look forward to reading your application and assisting with your placement. Although I will be coordinating the placement process generally, questions about your application should be directed to the COST Coordinator at your home University.
In order to process the application expeditiously, I must ask you to read carefully and adhere to the following guidelines. Incomplete applications will not be processed.


  1. Complete the attached application. The application serves as the strongest impression you make on the director of the host school.

  • A scanned photo is required as part of the application process.

  • The application should be submitted on a CD.

  • A photo copy of the application must also be submitted.




  1. You should request 3 countries. You should review the available placement sites carefully before indicating preferences. For example, if you are a secondary major, you should not list Darwin, Australia as a preference because Darwin only accepts elementary placements OR if you are required to complete a minimum of 12 weeks in a student teaching placement and you are requesting a placement in New Zealand between January 1 and March 31 there are not 12 weeks available for placement because schools in New Zealand are not in session until the last week of January or the first week in February.




  1. Enclose a cashier’s check or money order for one hundred dollars ($100.00) payable to the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST). This application fee is nonrefundable unless COST cannot make a placement. Your application will NOT be processed with a personal check. If a placement cannot be secured for you 60 days prior to your latest possible return date you will be refunded your application fee if you do not wish to continue the application process.




  1. Submit all application materials indicated on the attached checklist to your COST coordinator.




  1. Secure a total of three recommendations on the form provided. Recommendations should be from 1) a classroom teacher that you have completed a field/clinical placement with; 2) a University faculty member (preferably an Education faculty member); and 3) a personal reference such as a clergy, former employer, etc.




  1. All students participating in the COST program are required to have a federal background check. Proof of clearance must be available prior to your departure date and upon your overseas coordinator’s request.

COST Application Checklist

COST Applicant:      


Home Institution:      

(To be reviewed by each University Coordinator before submitting to the COST Director)


A complete COST Application Includes the following:
$100 Application Fee (Money Order or Cashier’s Check)
COST Application (including two essays)
COST Placement Site Request Form
Housing Accommodation Form
COST Reference Forms (total of three)
University Transcript
Proof of Passport
Statement of Responsibility and Approval Form

To be completed by COST Coordinators:
I have reviewed this applicants COST Application packet and have informed the COST applicant that they must have a federal background check completed prior to departure. I will verify that prior to departure the COST applicant has professional liability and medical insurance.

All information enclosed has been reviewed and the COST applicant has been approved for placement by their home institution.



COST Coordinator Signature

Email Address:      



Insert

Scanned


Photo


COST Application




SS # (required)

     
















Name

     




Last First Middle







Home Institution

     




Placement Year

     
















Earliest Possible Start Date

     

Lastest Possible Return Date

     




E-Mail Address

     




Local Mailing

     

     

Address

Street

Phone (include area code)



















     

     

     







City

State

Zip







Local Mailing Address Good Until

     






















Permanent Mailing

     

     

Address

Street

Phone (include area code)



















     

     

     







City

State

Zip







Placement Requirements: Certification Area, Age Range, and Subject Area, and Minimum number of Placement Weeks

For example: Elementary – ages 5-9, minimum 10 week placement with a teacher that teaches all subjects;

Secondary Social Science – ages 12 – 18, minimum 12 week placement, must teach in one of more of the Social Science areas (History, Economics, Political Science, Geography, or Psychology);

Special Education – ages 5 – 15, minimum 9 week placement, must student teach with a teacher that works with children with identified disabilities (mental retardation, learning disabled, developmentally delayed, etc.);

Middle School Math and English – ages 9 – 14, minimum 10 week placement, must student teach with a teacher that teacher EITHER Math or English or both subject areas.

     




Write a brief essay (2-3 pages) describing the events and experiences that led you to seek a placement through the COST program. You may wish to include a description of your family, honors received, memberships in organizations, work, and travel experiences. Briefly describe your philosophy of education and the personal goals you hope to achieve through this experience. You should highlight any special area of interest that relates to your student teaching placement. You should also explain why you are interested in student teaching through COST, and describe specific ways the overseas student teaching experience will contribute to your personal and professional development. Hosts are particularly interested in the type of cross-cultural and teaching experiences you have had. DO NOT include a preference for a particular location in your essay since we may need to send it to more than one site. This essay may be shared with a prospective host family.

     



Write a brief essay (1-2 pages) describing your experiences working with children in school based settings. These experiences can include volunteer work, community or church related work, and experiences related to University coursework. Please indicate the amount of time you worked with each age group and the type of activities you participated in. Be as specific as possible.

     




Housing Accommodation Form


Name

     




Last First Middle




Home Institution

     




Please rank your accommodation preferences




Host Family with children

     




Host Family without children

     




Host Family (with or without children does not matter)

     




Dormitory or Hostel

     




Prefer to Arrange your own housing

     




Temporary Housing for first couple of weeks and then secure your own housing

     




Do you smoke?

     




Do you have any allergies? If so please explain?

     




Please explain any special needs or additional information that you feel will be helpful in securing your housing?

     




Emergency Contact Information




Name of Contact

     




     

     

Street Address

Phone (include area code)




     

     

     

City

State

Zip




Email Address

     




* To be completed by the COST Student Teacher Applicant and the COST Coordinator *





COST Placement Site Request Form


Name

     




Last First Middle




Home Institution

     




Please list 3 countries where you are willing to accept a placement:

     

     

     




Would you be willing to be placed anywhere?

     




Please explain any special needs or additional information that you feel will be helpful in securing your housing?

     




By submitting this application, I understand that all information provided in this application will be shared with potential receiving sites to secure an appropriate placement.




Please note that during your placement, COST discourages any visits from family and friends. If visits are scheduled they should be scheduled during holidays or at the conclusion of the placement. Visitors are responsible for their own accommodations, transportations, and other expenses during their visit.



Statement of Responsibility and Approval Form

Directions: Please read and sign the following statement.


I,      , understand that I will assume all of the expenses involved in my participation in the COST Program. I further understand the application fee is nonrefundable unless COST cannot make a placement.
The universities involved in this program will not be held responsible for any professional liability or medical bills during my period of study with COST. I agree to assume all such costs. I understand that I must have evidence of professional liability and medical insurance coverage.
Furthermore, I release the universities involved from all claims of damages that may arise out of or in connection with participation in or transportation to and from this program.

           

Date Name of COST Applicant

Signature of COST Applicant

Directions: Present the following statement to your parent or guardian for signature.

Parent / Guardian

The undersigned parent/guardian of       acknowledges having received information about the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching Program (COST) and consent to her or his participation in the program. It is understood that all expenses related to the COST Program are the responsibility of the participant.


The universities involved in this program will not be held responsible for any medical bills during the period of study with COST. The undersigned agrees to assume all such costs. I understand that the participant must have evidence of professional liability and medical insurance coverage.
Furthermore, I release the universities involved from all claims of damages that may arise out of or in connection with participation in or transportation to and from this program.

           

Date Name of Parent or Guardian

Signature of Parent or Guardian



COST Reference Form
Name of Applicant:      
I waive do not waive my right to review this recommendation.
Signature of Applicant:
Home Institution:      
I have known the applicant for       years as       instructor,       department chair,       advisor,

      employer,       field experience teacher,       other (please specify:      )
The applicant has applied to student teach overseas through the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST) program, in the space provided or on a separate sheet, please comment on the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses, intellectual ability, achievement motivation, ability to work with others, and relevant accomplishments.

Submitted by:      

Title:      

Address:      



     

Phone:       Date:      



How to obtain Federal Clearance from the FBI

Request is to be sent to:


FBI

ATTN: SCU

1000 Custer Hollow Rd

Clarksburg, WV 26306

(304) 625-2000

You will need to send to them:




  1. Fingerprints


  2. $18 money order made out to US Treasury

  3. Letter of request and why you need it.

Allow at least 10 weeks turn around time from the FBI.



(Please note that the FBI check does not have to accompany the COST application. It is recommended that you (the COST applicant) complete this process two months prior to your intended departure dates. You should discuss this process in more detail with your home institution’s COST coordinator.)

(SAMPLE LETTER)


FBI


ATTN: SCU

1000 Custer Hollow Rd.

Clarksburg, WV 26306

To Whom It May Concern:


I am a graduating senior at (home institution) majoring in Education. Next semester I will be doing a full semester of internship overseas in (country). I was informed that I will need Federal Police Clearance in order for me to work in the schools.
I have enclosed a set of fingerprints I obtained on my own for you to use for this process.
Please contact me as soon as possible if you have any questions or problems. It is important I have this process completed as quickly as possible so that I can begin my internship in the (semester of internship).
Thank you in advance for you assistance.
Sincerely,

(Student’s Name)

(Student’s Address)

(Student’s Phone Number)

(Student’s Email)




Australia


(All placements in Australia require a class 442 student teaching visa and require the host institution to be named. Host institution must complete the 913 to be submitted to immigration who then gives a letter of approval for the student to be issued a Visa. This approval letter is then sent with the student’s visa application to the Australian Embassy.) Unless noted otherwise, Placements in Australia are available from early February – mid April; late April – late June; mid July – mid September; and early October – mid December.

Brisbane, Australia


Institution: Griffith University

Teaching areas: Primary, Secondary, Special Education, Early Childhood, Technology Ed

Additional fees: $100 (US) Griffith Univ Adm Fee

Housing: Dormitory, host family, apartments, etc (refer to Griffith University accommodation Services)

* All students completing a practicum in Queensland must have a Blue Card *

Darwin, Australia


Institution: Charles Darwin University

Teaching areas: Elementary (ages 5-12)

Housing: Dormitory or host family

Geelong, Australia


Institution: Deakin University

Teaching Areas: Elementary & Secondary

Housing: Host families (cost is approximately $52 (US) a week)

Melbourne, Australia


Institution: Deakin University – Burwood

Teaching areas: Elementary, Secondary, & Physical Ed

Additional Fees: $300 supervisory fee in addition to $100 per week of placement.

Housing: Host families.


Perth, Australia


Institution: Presbyterian Ladies College

Teaching Areas: Elementary

Housing: Host families

Perth, Australia


Institution: Curtin University of Technology

Teaching Areas: Elementary and Special Ed

Housing: Host families
Tasmania, Australia

Institution: East Launceston Primary School

Teaching areas: Elementary and Special Ed

Housing: Host family



Bahamas




New Providence, Bahamas

Institution: The College of the Bahamas

Teaching Areas: All Elementary, Secondary, Special Ed

Desired placement dates: January through April and August through December

Dates not available: May through July

Housing: Host families, apartments, guests houses

Belgium




Leuven, Belgium

Institution: Groep T – Campus Comenius

Teaching Areas: Secondary

Housing: Variable

* will only accept one student per term *



Canada




Kelowna, British Columbia

Institution: Univ of British Columbia Okanagan

Teaching Areas: Elementary and Secondary

Housing: Variable

Costa Rica




San Jose’, Costa Rica

Institution: American International School of Costa Rica

Teaching Areas: All

Dates not available: Mid-December through mid-Jan. & mid-June through mid-to-late-August

Housing: Rent a room or with a teacher for a small fee.



Ecuador




Quito, Ecuador

Institution: American School of Quito

Teaching Areas: All areas including art, music and PE

Desired placement Dates: September – December and January – March

Housing: Host Family


England

Birmingham, England

Institution: University of Central England


Teaching Areas: Elementary and Select Secondary areas (Math, Drama, & Music only)

Housing: Residence Halls and some host families



London, England

Institution Roehampton University

Teaching Areas: Elementary and Secondary


Desired placement dates: September – December, January – March, Easter - July

Housing: Hostels



Manchester, England

Institution: Gleneagles House

Teaching Areas: Elementary and Secondary


Desired placement dates: September – Christmas; January – Easter; Easter – mid July

Housing: Host families


West Sussex, England

Institution: University College Chichester

Teaching areas: Elementary, Secondary, Special Ed (Severe & Profound), and Physical Ed.

Additional fees: Supervision fees of ₤500 for all placements

Desired Placement dates: Any of the three semesters: Sept – Dec, Jan – April, May – July

Housing: Residence Halls and some host families

Germany

Cologne, Germany

Institution: Koenigin-Luise-Schule

Teaching areas: Secondary (Social Studies, English/Language Arts/ French, German, Art)

Desired placement dates: Fall (Sept –Dec), Winter (Jan – Mar), Spring (April – June)

Housing: International Dormitories



Oberursel, Germany

Institution: Frankfurt International School

Teaching areas: Elementary, Middle, Secondary, Music, PE, Art

Desired placement dates: Late August – Mid June (school calendar located at www.fis.edu)

Housing: Host families. There are also small apartments reasonably priced close by.



Greece




Thessaloniki, Greece

Institution: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Teaching areas: Elementary and Secondary

Desired placement dates: Beginning of Fall and Spring semesters (Sept. – Oct, Feb. – March)

Housing: Apartments ($350-$450 month) and Host families




Ireland
Limerick, Ireland

Institution: Mary Immaculate College

Teaching areas: Elementary, some Special Ed.

Desired placement dates: January – May

Housing: Dormitories, host families, and apartments (all with appropriate notice)
Cork, Ireland

Teaching areas: All areas

Desired placement dates: September – December 20th

Housing: Traditionally bed & breakfast; however, other options may be available

Additional Information: Placements can be coordinated through various regions and connections in Ireland.

Japan




Kobe, Japan

Institution: Canadian Academy

Teaching areas: Elementary, Secondary, PE and Early Childhood

Desired placement dates: September – December, January to June

Housing: Dormitory ($300 - $400 a month)



Mexico



Guadalajara, Mexico

Institution: The American School Foundation of Guadalajara, A.C.

Teaching areas: Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, Secondary, P.E. & Special Ed.

Desired placement dates: August 20th – December 20th and January 15th – June 20th

Housing: Host families
Guadalajara, Mexico

Institution: Thomas Jefferson School – Guadalajara Campus

Teaching areas: Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, Secondary, P.E., & Special Ed.

Desired placement dates: August 20th – December 20th and January 15th – June 20th

Housing: Host families ($275-300 per month)

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Institution: Universidad de Oriente

Teaching areas: Elementary, Secondary, and Physical Ed., Art

Desired placement dates: September – early December and January – June

Housing: Host families and apartments


Mexico City, Mexico

Institution: Thomas Jefferson School

Teaching areas: Spanish & English Kindergarten, Elem., & Sec., all areas

Desired placement dates: September – December and January - June

Housing: Host families ($400 a month) or boarding house with meals ($400 month)

Website: www.itj.edu.mx

Queretaro, Mexico

Institution: Thomas Jefferson School - Campus Queretaro

Teaching areas: All subjects (Kindergarten - 10th Grade)

Desired placement dates: September – early December and January – June

Housing: Host families and apartments



New Zealand

(Placements in New Zealand require a working visa. Students should list the Overseas Coordinator as a contact person on their visa application.) Unless noted otherwise, Placements in New Zealand are available from late January/early February – mid April; late April – late June; mid July – mid September; and early October – mid December. Most sites prefer 10 week placements. Placements are not available from mid December to late January.




Auckland, New Zealand

Overseas Institute: Auckland University, Faculty of Education

Teaching areas: Elementary, Secondary, and P.E.

Housing: Host families

Auckland, New Zealand

Institution: Point England School

Teaching areas: Elementary, Elementary Music, and Special Education (mild/moderate)

Housing: Host families with staff members of schools (approximately $90 US a week)

Christchurch, New Zealand

Teaching areas: Elementary – ages 5 – 13

Housing: Host families at an average cost of $160 (NZD) a week.



Scotland



Institution: University of Dundee

Teaching areas: Elementary and Secondary

Desired Placement Dates: September - November

Housing: Host families


South Africa


COST students placed in South Africa must complete visa application (BI-84) (http://www.saembassy.org/ usaembassy/consularservices/visapps.pdf) The receiving institution in South Africa must send a signed letter of invitation to the COST student teacher (emails are not accepted). The letter of invitation must be included in the student’s visa application packet.

Cape Town, South Africa


Institution: University of Cape Town

Teaching areas: Elementary, Middle, and Secondary

Desired Placement Dates: Mid-April to Mid-May and Mid-July to Mid-September

Housing: Apartments, host families



Port Elizabeth, South Africa


Institution: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Teaching areas: Elementary, Middle, and Secondary

Desired placement dates: February – June and August - November

Housing: Apartments and Host families (@ $500 per month)



Switzerland




Geneva, Switzerland

Institution: International School of Geneva

Website: http://www.ecolint.ch/

Teaching areas: Secondary

Desired placement dates: January through mid April (week break in mid to late Feb.); May through late June & Sept. through mid Dec. (week break in mid to late Oct.)



Housing: John Knox Centre / Chemin des Cr

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