Ohio University is a member institution of COST, the Consortium For Overseas Student Teaching. The COST program offers student teachers an opportunity to live and work abroad for an extended period, providing professional and personal growth in ways that are increasingly important for living and teaching in the United States.
Student teachers are placed in local English-speaking classrooms which afford excellent opportunities to become acquainted with the culture and educational system of the host country.
Click here to access the official COST website.
Fall semester, Spring semester, or Summer.
Eligibility and selection process
Participants must have completed all prerequisites for student teaching at Ohio University College of Education, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be in good academic standing.
Students who have a judicial record and will be on probation for a judicial offense at any point during the program may petition to study abroad. Click here to read the entire judicial policy.
Deadline is at least one semester prior to travel abroad:
COST applications are available by emailing Dr. Frans H. Doppen.
Accommodations will vary depending on location. Some participants live with a family, while others live with other students/teachers, live on-campus, or make arrangements to live on their own.
Courses and credits
Students register for both classes in one of the following pairs:
Additional Information on your COST host country
To learn more about your study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.
Health and safety
Ohio University Office of Education Abroad suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.aspx. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html.
Requesting accommodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to schedule an appointment to complete an Education Abroad Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
Entry and exit requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found at http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html.
US citizens may need a visa or other special documents to enter your COST host country for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries before, during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
For more specific visa related information please visit OEA's Visa Information Page.
Information for NON-US citizens can be found here.
For more information contact:
Dr. Frans H. Doppen
Tel: 740. 593-0254
Yamada International House, 56 E. Union Street, Athens OH 45701 (740) 593-1840