COST defines "Pre-Departure" as any international education directed to COST participants spanning from prior to application to the point of departure. On this page you will find resources to help you prepare for your overseas student teaching experiences and living abroad even before you submit your application! Traveling abroad for a week or two requires a certain amount of planning and preparation. Traveling abroad to live and intern for an extended period in a new city, culture and community requires additional skills and pre-planning. COST expects its participants to be active learners and well informed. Below, you will find a "Pre-Departure Checklist" to help keep you on track. You'll also find links to other pages throughout our website covering topics from health and safety, financial considerations, health insurance abroad, traveling on the weekends, understanding the culture of where you're going, and how to approach living with a host family. Please contact your institution's COST Coordinator with any questions as you prepare.
The information below should be used as a general guide for students interested in participating in the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST). Reference it and any additional documents given to you by your COST Coordinator as you prepare for teaching abroad. (See downloadable and printable PDF checklist at bottom of page).