Internships at schools are a mandatory part of the teacher education programs. Why not complete your internship at a school abroad? You will improve your language skills and learn how to handle cultural differences in teaching and learning.
The Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD) affords students the opportunity to contribute to German language classes at a school abroad for 6-10 months as assistant foreign language instructors.
The SCHULWÄRTS! program enables prospective teachers to complete a two- to four-month internship at a school abroad as assistant instructors for the students’ respective major subjects.
You can of course organize your internship at a school abroad all by yourself. Contact the schools you are interested in, introduce yourself and ask about completing an internship there. In comparison to an internship through the PAD or Goethe Institute programs, organizing your internship by yourself gives you more flexibility in determining your desired time frame.
In addition to the regular national types of schools in each country, there are also schools with a direct connection to Germany, such as the approx. 140 German schools abroad(only available in German), the about 590 FIT schools and the about 1,100 schools offering the German language diploma (DSD). At these schools, German is the language of instruction. If you are proficient in a foreign language such as English or French or the respective school does not need a German language instructor at the moment, teaching other subjects such as mathematics in the foreign language is also an option.
Especially for internships within Europe, funding can easily be obtained through the Erasmus internship program.
Information on the recognition of the internship as placement semester for students in a teacher education program can be found on the platform for teachers in Baden-Württemberg (only available in German). At the University of Mannheim, the Center for Teacher Education and Innovation is available for advice.
I combined my semester abroad with an internship, which made it possible for me to spend a whole year abroad without having to significantly extend my period of study in Mannheim. I am a student in the bachelor’s program in Teacher Education in Spanish and English. I spent my semester abroad at the Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile and afterwards completed an internship at the Deutsche Schule in Santiago. Nine weeks of my internship were recognized for the mandatory 13-week teaching semester. Even though organizing my internship turned out to be quite the hassle, it gave me the opportunity to experience every-day life at a German school abroad firsthand. During my long stay abroad, I was also able to groove my Spanish language skills, which have already been an advantage in my studies and will be in my future occupation as a teacher.
If you have any questions regarding your stay abroad, here you can find the respective competent contact persons at your school. They will advise you on any study-related aspects of your stay abroad, including the question of when a stay abroad can be best integrated in your degree program.