Overseas Travel Opportunities for Administrators

The School Administrator has compiled information about 10 programs that run education missions abroad.

Superintendents are eligible to participate in all programs listed — even though the names of a few might suggest otherwise. Some travel missions tend to draw educators more directly responsible for curriculum development and site administration.

Full details, including formal application deadlines, can be found on each program’s website.

Chinese Bridge Delegation
Sponsor: Hanban (Office of Chinese Language Council International)

Purpose: learn about Chinese culture and language; establish ties with schools and educators in China

Description: visit schools and cultural sites in various regions; meet with Chinese national and regional education and government leaders

Duration: nine days (tentatively late June)

Cost: registration fee plus travel to U.S. hub city. Other expenses covered by sponsor.

Application deadline: spring

Contact: Petya Mattys;; 212-649-8431;

Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad
Sponsor: International Education Programs Service, U.S. Department of Education

Purpose: enhanced understanding of social customs, culture and language of the country through immersion; strengthen curriculum

Description: meetings in schools and with government agencies teachers and curriculum development specialists

Countries: varies

Duration: four to six weeks during summer

Cost: all paid for except a cost share, usually $400

Application deadline: usually fall; see website

Contact: Carly Borgmeier;; 202-502-7691;

Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program
Sponsor: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Purpose: build mutual cultural understanding through international education

Description: job shadowing, sharing administrative duties; live in host home

Countries: varies

Duration: three to six weeks

Cost: daily expenses only

Application deadline: Oct. 15

Contact: Ann Koepke;; 202-314-3537;

Other: reciprocal visits of three to six weeks required (grantee provides housing). Also, to be included on a listserv about opportunities for hosting administrators
from other countries, contact

Hands Across the Water
Sponsor: Educational Information Resource Center

Purpose: connect American schools and educators with those in other countries

Description: bring back information regarding people, ecology, science, etc. to inject into curriculum in U.S. schools

Countries: Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Peru

Duration: one to two weeks

Cost: registration fee plus basic program fee, $1,800-$2,800, depending on country

Application deadline: varies depending on program; check website

Contact: ErikMollenhauer;; 856-582-7000 x 110;;

International Invitational Seminar on Schooling
Sponsors: AASA and University of Texas Cooperative Superintendency Program

Purpose: assist education leaders with interpreting complex events; identify cross-cultural similarities and differences among countries

Description: learn about education philosophy, organization, administration, curriculum; visit schools; learn about economic, cultural, health and social issues

Countries: varies each year

Duration: 7 days (optional 5-day extension for advanced study); end of October/beginning of November

Cost: participants responsible (governing boards often pay for official delegates)

Application deadline: spring

Contact: Sherri Montgomery,; 703-875-0766

Jiangsu International Forum of School Principals
Sponsors: Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education, Suzhou Municipal Bureau of Education

Purpose: foster bilateral relations between Jiangsu schools (China) and overseas parties

Description: attend keynote sessions, workshops; visit schools and colleges; network with Chinese and international educators

Duration: eight days, commencing Oct. 24

Cost: $1,000 plus airfare

Application deadline: Sept. 15 (early-bird 10 percent discount by July 15)

Contact: Alley Zhang;; (86-25) 8333-5992;

Korean Studies Workshop for American Educators
Sponsor: Korea Foundation

Purpose: enhance mutual understanding; share experiences with fellow American educators

Description: lectures, tours, meetings with Korean educators and students

Duration: 12 days in summer

Cost: fully funded

Application deadline: February/March

Contact: Susan Gundersen;; 800-270-4317;

Overseas Practicum for Experienced Teachers
Sponsor: Cultural Immersion Projects, Indiana University

Purpose: gain an understanding of teaching in overseas schools; build connections

Description: work with teacher and head teacher in host school

Countries: Australia, China, Costa Rica, England, India, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Spain and Wales

Duration: three weeks

Cost: $300 placement fee and all other expenses

Application deadline: ongoing

Contact: Laura Stachowski;; 812-856-8507;

People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs
Sponsor: private; travel provider of People to People International

Purpose: better understand specific practices and challenges in global education

Description: meet with students, teachers and administrators; visit classrooms; collaborate with global counterparts

Countries: usually Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Russia, South Africa and Vietnam

Duration: usually seven to 10 days

Cost: all travel covered

Application deadline: varies according to program dates; apply 90 days prior to departure

Contact: Gina Schumacher,; 877-787-2000;

U.S.-China Administrator Shadowing Project
Sponsor: China Exchange Initiative

Purpose: exchange information with Chinese colleagues about educational systems; observe administrator partners in their roles; build networks of school partnerships

Description: partnerships arranged through state professional organizations; lectures on Chinese education and one-week shadowing of administrator. In fall, host administrator from China; in spring, visit Chinese counterpart

Duration: two weeks

Cost: varies according to province visited; partial funding from sponsor with participant co-pay, and/or school district partial pay. Stipend from CEI for hosting school district (through professional organization) for lectures, meetings, events

Application deadline: form group by end of May for fall hosting

Contact: State superintendent association about existing partnership or Charlotte Mason,; 617-559-6730