ISTP FAQs

BelizeHow early should I apply?
How does the exchange work?
Do I need a foreign language?
What GPA do I need?
How long will I be assigned overseas?
Can credit be earned?
Is International Student Teaching more costly?
Is there financial aid available?
Where do I live while abroad?
Who arranges travel?
Who arranges passports and visas?
I would like to participate in the International Student Teaching Program. How do I get started?
Where can I receive additional assistance?

How early should I apply?
Prospective student teachers should apply when they apply for regular on-campus student teaching, normally one year prior to their expected student teaching. Student teachers wanting to teach in the fall semester must submit a preliminary application by September 1st the prior year. Student teachers wanting to teach in the spring semester must submit a preliminary application by February 1st the prior year.

How does the exchange work?
ISTP is an exchange program in which the NMSU student teacher pays tuition and fees (and sometimes room and board) to NMSU. Then in the host country the NMSU student receives these equivalent benefits. In return, the host country sends a student or teacher to NMSU for an equivalent time and with the same benefits paid for in the host country.

Students out on the ISTP will be recorded as enrolled at NMSU through the Office of Study Abroad in the Center for International Programs, but in transient student status. They will have their credits recorded as transfer credit upon successful completion of their assignment.

Do I need a foreign language?
ISTP has identified Belize as a site which will accommodate English speaking students. Spanish is required for student teaching in Mexico.
Foreign language majors, ESL teachers, and bilingual teachers are encouraged to explore student teaching exchange opportunities in each of the countries. For example, Belize is experiencing a growth in their Spanish-speaking population and is therefore interested in hosting ESL and bilingual teachers.

What GPA do I need?
Foremost, students need solid academic qualifications and the discipline and flexibility to live and work in a new system. Students must meet the general COE requirements for admission into the Teacher Education Program which is a 2.5 GPA for undergraduates and a 3.0 GPA for graduates.

Students must also meet the general COE requirements for student teaching which is a 2.7 GPA.

How long will I be assigned overseas?
Student teaching internationally is for one semester. Students may be required to report to their host country site before the NMSU semester begins in order to meet the host country’s school schedule. Students may be required to return to the NMSU campus after the NMSU semester to accommodate the host country’s school schedule.

Can credit be earned?
Undergraduate and graduate students will receive the same credit hours as student teachers remaining at NMSU. This will be in the form of transfer credit.

Is international student teaching more costly?
NMSU exchange programs cost about the same as studying at NMSU except for additional airfare, insurance, and passports and visas. Students are charged a $ 300 Program Placement fee to cover the costs associated with processing applications and supervising students in country. Students on financial aid may be considered for additional aid to cover extra costs. Students should consider weighing the extra monetary cost with the long-term investment gain.

Is there financial aid available?
Most financial aid may be applied to NMSU sponsored programs such as the ISTP. Check with Michelle Fitzpatrick in the Office of Financial Aid. A Financial Aid Seminar on Study Abroad is conducted each spring. Students with a 3.00 GPA may be eligible to compete for scholarships coordinated through theOffice of Study Abroad in the Center for International Programs. Contact the Office of Study Abroad to make an appointment to discuss these opportunities.

Where do I live while abroad?
Housing arrangements are coordinated with each of the host countries
and each varies according to the number of students planning to student teach abroad and the availability of housing. Student may live in a dormitory, with a host family, or in a residential hotel.

Who arranges travel?
Students arrange their own air and surface travel. The Office of Study Abroad assists students with Council for International Exchange discount travel options.

Who arranges passports and visas?
Students may apply for a U. S. passport at any main post office. The cost is $65 plus cost of passport photos. Passport photos may be taken at post office. Students need to allow 4 to 8 weeks for processing, with summer processing taking longer.

Students apply for visas with the Embassy or Consulate of the country of placement, if required. Contact the Office of Study Abroad for current information, or look up the embassy of the host country via the web site called the Electronic Embassy
http://www.embassy.org./.

I would like to participate in the International Student Teaching Program. How do I get started?
Follow the steps in the Getting Started checklist to begin the application process.

Where can I receive additional assistance?
Contact the Office of Study Abroad, Room 237, Garcia Annex. The Office of Study Abroad:

  • maintains information on passports, visas, travel discounts, and travel insurance;
  • coordinates scholarship applications; and
  • arranges students’ transient registration and financial aid disbursement.