The College of Education is known for its engagement across the globe. This engagement comes in the form of research, collaborative international teaching experiences, and community service. 

The Baker Teacher Leader Center (BTLC) is pleased to support the ongoing global engagement of the College of Education community through a variety of programs. More recently, the college seeks to expand its opportunities to travel and learn abroad. Through these experiences our students can better understand who they are in the world, can forge new relationships built on mutual goals of peace and equity, and can bring their experiences in the world to their classrooms and future work as educators. The Global Education Initiatives program through the BTLC offers experiential learning courses and experiences around the globe.

Travel and Learn Abroad

Upcoming: Costa Rica


Dates: 12/29/23 - 1/14/24

In addition to delivering youth programming, participants will explore the unique ecosystems that call Costa Rica home including the cloud forest, Palomar, and lowland rainforests in addition to other rich cultural activities.
Applications now open!

More info on the YOULEAD program


Creativity, Imagination and Play in London

Dates: Summer session
Deadline: 1/30/23
Applications closed.

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Joetsu University Partner Visit and Global Peace Studies Program

Dates: 5/15/23 - 5/30/23
Deadline: 2/28/23

Visit to our longstanding partner, Joetsu College of Education followed by a study tour of Japan focused on Peace Studies, Environmental Sustainability and Disaster Studies, and Cultural Studies. 
Applications closed.

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Student Experiences


Dignitaries gather at the National Library in Prishtina, Kosovo for the  Private Sector Partnership for Strengthening Higher Education.

USAID taps UI experts to connect higher education and private sector in Kosovo and Iowa

More than 20 University of Iowa faculty, students, and staff will be working with colleagues at universities in Kosovo over the next five years to strengthen ties between higher education and the private sector, thanks to a $4 million cooperative agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), partnering with Iowa State University and the Kosova Education Center.