Educate Global

Do you love to travel and are interested in teaching in diverse classrooms as well as experiencing foreign cultures? Or are you thinking about a career overseas?

Check out Educate Global, the NIU College of Education’s unique opportunity for hands-on multicultural teaching. We partner with school districts from around the world to provide first-hand experiences with different cultures, international colleagues and a support system for both your teaching and your explorations of your host country.


Spring and Summer 2022 Opportunity - Indonesia

This experience is being funded by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant. The first part of the experience in spring 2022 will include virtual professional development sessions. The second part of the experience will include traveling to Indonesia from June 9-July 3, 2022. NIU students will receive at no cost: airfare, housing, food, visa and access to some cultural attractions. NIU students are responsible for a valid passport, immunizations, personal spending money and admission costs to select cultural attractions.

James Cohen, Ph.D., associate professor, and David Nieto, assistant professor, in our Department of Curriculum and Instruction, will serve as the faculty mentors.

You will receive training and will lead three virtual class sessions with Indonesian students during the spring semester. You will then travel to Indonesia during the summer. Summer instruction will occur in Central Java at the Pradita Dirgantara High School (SMA). Indonesian students are high school juniors ages 17 and 18.

The NIU College of Education will exercise an abundance of caution in assessing whether Indonesia is a COVID-safe location. Pending the outcome of that determination, you will then travel to Indonesia during the summer. Summer instruction will occur in Central Java at the Pradita Dirgantara High School (SMA). Indonesian students are high school juniors ages 17 and 18.

Utilizing a co-teaching model (paired with Indonesian teachers in summer 2022) and adopting a critical pedagogy context, NIU students will deliver English language and global competencies instruction each morning. Afternoon activities will include engaging the students in a "club" context-focused on various interest areas.

Note: Travel to Indonesia is contingent upon COVID-19, vaccine development, production, distribution and the health safety status of the host country. A travel determination will be made in March 2022.

Application Process

COE undergraduate students who have had at least one clinical experience completed by the end of spring 2022 or equivalent experience. All applicants must be U.S. Citizens. We will accept 20 undergraduate students for this experience.

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle-Level Teaching
  • Physical Education
  • Special Education

The online application process is now closed. If you have questions, please email James Cohen at jcohen2@niu.edu.


Spring and Summer 2022 Opportunity: Tanzania and Kenya

This five-week (July 1- August 5, 2022) experience is funded by a U.S. Department of State Fulbright-Hays Grant. Participating students will receive at no cost: airfare/travel, housing, food and access to all cultural attractions. NIU students are responsible for a valid passport, visas, immunizations, personal spending money and the purchase of two inexpensive academic books.

You will receive cultural sensitivity preparation; 60 hours of Kiswahili language instruction (the language spoken in both Tanzania and Kenya) that begins before we leave and continues in country; and pedagogical instruction (how to teach English in another country).

The NIU College of Education will exercise an abundance of caution in assessing whether Tanzania/Kenya are COVID-safe locations. Pending the outcome of that determination, you will travel to Tanzania for two-and-a-half weeks, where you will teach English and conduct other academic activities with high school -level students; experience a safari in the Serengeti National Park; and visit an island in the middle of Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater lake in Africa.

For the second two and a half weeks, we will travel northward to Kenya, where again you will teach English to high school-aged students along with other academic activities. You also will visit tea and coffee plantations, a giraffe orphanage and receive lectures from professors from the University of Nairobi Kenya.

Note: Travel to Tanzania and Kenya is contingent upon COVID-19, vaccine development, production, distribution and the health safety status of the host country. A travel determination will be made in March 2022.

Application Process

NIU College of Education undergraduates and graduate students are eligible to apply. All applicants must be U.S. Citizens. We will accept seven undergraduate students and seven graduate students (plus two alternates) to join us on this trip. If a participant is unable to travel, an alternate will be selected for travel. Both alternates will receive free professional development.

The online application process is now closed. If you have questions, please email James Cohen at jcohen2@niu.edu.


Spring and Summer 2022 Opportunity: Taiwan

This experience, Project SEED, is funded by a U.S. Department of State Fulbright-Hayes Grant and provides participants with professional development, airfare/travel, housing, food and admission to select cultural attractions.

Wei-Chen Hung, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment; Laura Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor of research and assessment; Thomas Smith, Ph.D., presidential teaching professor of research and assessment, will serve as the faculty for this research project.

You will receive a pre-departure orientation that will consist of online orientation, plus five half days orientation in person.

The online orientation will focus on:

  • Community building
  • Historical, educational, and cultural introduction specific to the Center, Taiwan, and their surrounding areas.

The five half days orientation will take place at NIU focusing on:

  • Program overview: objectives, themes, expectations, activities
  • A general historical, educational, and cultural introduction to the United States
  • Travel basics
  • Academic writing
  • Everyday etiquette
  • Teambuilding

The NIU College of Education will exercise an abundance of caution in assessing whether Taiwan is a COVID-safe location. Pending the outcome of that determination, you will travel to Taiwan for 12 weeks (May 2022-August 2022), where you will begin your immersive research study. While in Taiwan, faculty and graduate students will attend/observe/participate in, workshops, panel discussions, research collaborations, symposiums, participate in sports, clubs or other extracurricular activities, attend/observe/participate in Taiwan K-12 school classrooms in Kaohsiung, visit cultural attractions, collect data, write, and research publications.

Priority will be given to graduate students who hold PEL and are interested in researching topics related to comparative or cross-cultural studies on social justice, education equity and diversity in the K-12 settings. There will be opportunities for you to immerse in guided data collection and development of research questions that support the completion of theses or dissertations. There will also be an opportunity to publish your research in a special issue of a highly ranked international journal.

Note: Travel to Taiwan is contingent upon COVID-19, vaccine development, production, distribution and the health safety status of the host country. A travel determination will be made in March 2022.

Application Process

NIU College of Education graduate students are eligible to apply. Two finalists, along with two alternates will be selected. If a finalist is unable to travel to Taiwan, an alternate will be selected for travel. Both alternates will receive free professional development. 

The online application process is now closed. If you have questions, please email Wei Hung at whung@niu.edu.