Quick Info

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Spring, Fall
  • : Panther Program
  • : Education
  • : Fall begins either the first 7 weeks or the last ; Spring begins in the last 7 weeks -
  • : $10,449 In-State / $13,257 Out-of-State
  • : Spring 2018 - Deadline: October 8, 2017; Fall 2018 - Deadline: March 25, 2018
  • : 3.0 GPA, Clear Judicial Record, Must have enrolled in corresponding course at Pitt

Academics

Students enroll in a total of seven credits abroad.  In addition to the 6 credit Student Teaching course in the United States, all students must enroll in the 1 credit Student Teaching Seminar Abroad course and the 6 credit Student Teaching Abroad course.

Early Childhood Education

Seven weeks in duration, this full-time experience is for teacher certification candidates in a student teaching center at an elementary school abroad.  This course provides opportunities to observe, plan, conduct, and assess instruction in the school setting with professional feedback from university supervisors and experienced master teachers.  This course is open only to Early Childhood Education students approved for student teaching.  This student teaching option must be registered for in conjunction with Early Childhood Student Teaching - US.

Seven weeks in duration, this full-time experience is designed for teacher certification candidates in a student teaching center at an area pre-K to 4th grade school.  Provides opportunities to observe, plan, conduct, and assess instruction in the school setting with professional feedback from university supervisors and experienced masters teachers.  Open only to Early Childhood Education students approved for student teaching.  This student teaching option must be registered for in conjunction with Early Childhood Student Teaching - Abroad.

Early Childhood Teaching Seminar Abroad.

Secondary Education

Seven weeks in duration, this full-time experience is for teacher certification candidates in a student teaching center at a secondary school abroad.  This course provides opportunities to observe, plan, conduct, and assess instruction in the school setting with professional feedback from university supervisors and experienced master teachers.  This course is open only to Secondary Education students approved for student teaching.  This student teaching option must be registered for in conjunction with Secondary Student Teaching - US.

Seven weeks in duration, this full-time experience is designed for teacher certification candidates in a student teaching center at an area middle school or high school. The course provides opportunities to observe, plan, conduct, and assess instruction in the school setting with professional feedback from university supervisors and experienced masters teachers.  Open only to Secondary Education students approved for student teaching. This student teaching option must be registered for in conjunction with Secondary Student Teaching - Abroad.

Secondary Education Teaching Seminar Abroad. 

Student Life

The picturesque North Island of New Zealand is known for outdoor activities like bungee jumping, kayaking, hiking, and camping.  Auckland is a safe, diverse city surrounded by the sea and quaint small towns. Students may also take advantage of additional traveling opportunities to nearby attractions in the South Island (NZ) and Australia. The South Island (NZ) is home to Milford Sound, heralded as "the most beautiful place in the world." Australia is a short plane ride from Auckland; students can explore cities such as Sydney and Melbourne, as well as the remote Australian Outback. 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Melissa J. Marks, EdD, is the Director of the Secondary Education Program and an advisor for the SPSEA chapter on campus. She teaches a wide variety of courses, including strategies, diversity, social studies methods, and general teacher education courses. Dr. Marks co-authored a book with Dr. Diane Marsh entitled How to Talk to Families About Child and Adolescent Mental Illness. Dr. Marks co-created the "Early College Experience" program for college-bound high school students with disabilities. She was awarded the 2009 PGAA Outstanding Faculty Award, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg President's Medal in 2010, the Pennsylvania Teacher Educator of the Year Award from PAC-Te in 2014 and the Pitt-Greensburg Distinguished Professor Award. Areas of research include teacher supervision, multicultural education and diversity, and social studies education. She traveled to New Zealand in 2014 with the first PittGreensburg applicant and is very enthusiastic about our partnership with JCL!

Housing

Living arrangements for Pitt Greensburg students consist of a homestay arranged by JCL Education, Ltd. For this homestay, students will be matched with a family from the school community and a teacher at their assigned school. All meals are provided by the host family. Homestays are usually located within walking distance of neighborhood schools, as well as local shopping and areas of interest. Public transportation is easily accessible in the greater Auckland area.

Pricing And Dates

 

In-State Fee
$10,449
New Zealand Dates
Term 1  
7 Febuary to 13 April  

In-State Fee
$10,449 
New Zealand Dates
Term 3 Term 4
23 July to 28 September 15 October to 20 December

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.  Note: Secondary Education Students will not be placed in Term 4.
Costs are based on a part-time tuition rate for the Greensburg (6 credits) plus the program fee for New Zealand.

 

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • 6 credits at the Greensburg campus
  • 7 credits while in New Zealand
  • Housing with host family in New Zealand
  • Some meals (breakfast and dinners) with the host family in New Zealand
  • Student teaching experience in a diverse environment abroad

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Roundtrip Airfare ~$2200
  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee $300
  • Room and board while in Greensburg for half of the term (if applicable)
  • Passport fees ~$150
  • Meals and personal expenses (~$400 - $500)

Special Information

Students will need to submit their completed JCL application to either Dr. Melissa Marks, Director of the Secondary Education Program, or Michelle Apodaca, Study Abroad Coordinator, when applying for the program.

Students that participate on this program in the Fall can either spend the first 7 weeks of the semester in New Zealand or the last 7 weeks in New Zealand.  Students that participate on this program in the Spring will spend the last 7 weeks of the semester in New Zealand.

Similar to student teaching in Pennsylvania, it is important to show a clean record when student teaching abroad. For that reason, students must upload their FBI Clearances, Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearances, and Pennsylvania Criminal Clearances to the Study Abroad Portal once accepted into the program.

* Dates may be flexible to meet the needs of students.  If you would like to inquire about the dates of your time abroad, please contact either Dr. Melissa Marks at mjm37@pitt.edu or Michelle Apodaca at mma93@pitt.edu.

  • All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash on October 15th, 2017 from 2:30pm - 5:00pm on the Oakland campus.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Michelle Apodaca

Walk-In Advising Hours: Mon. Wed. and Thur. 2pm-4pm

¡Hola, hola! I’m Michelle, the Study Abroad Coordinator at Pitt-Greensburg. Part of my undergraduate career at Pitt Greensburg led me to study abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico, for two summer months. Then I was hooked! The following summer I studied in Cuernavaca, Mexico, then a semester in Spain. All three homestays were with amazing people that made those experiences even better! A few years later I bought a one-way ticket to Cabo San Lucas and lived in Mexico for close to four years. I hope all students will consider going global and will study abroad: it changes your life, leaves you with unforgettable memories, lets you discover new skills, and it will set you apart from your future competition. So, let’s give you an edge and find your program! You can reach me at mma93@pitt.edu or 724-836-7494.