The College of Education is known for its engagement across the globe. This dedication to studying abroad is exemplified through research, collaborative international teaching experiences, and community service. 

The Baker Teacher Leader Center (BTLC) is pleased to support the ongoing study abroad and 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. By studying abroad, 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 and study abroad initiatives through the BTLC offer experiential learning courses and experiences around the globe.

Travel and Study Abroad

Upcoming: Dominican Republic

Education, Culture, and Society 

Dates: March 9-16, 2024 

Travel to Santo Domingo to learn about the education ecosystem in a middle-income developing country.

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Upcoming: Kosovo

Explore Europe's Youngest Country 

Dates: May 13-24, 2024 

The Republic of Kosovo is the world's newest democracy and is forging a path forward in the midst of complex regional and international political and cultural dynamics. Learn about education's role broadly within fledgling democracies using Kosovo as a case study. Address Kosovo's history, political and cultural identities, and a variety of institutions within Kosovo that support democratic development to better understand the role of educational and social institutions in supporting change. 

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Upcoming: Ghana

Ghana Education and Culture 

Dates: May 27 - June 11, 2024

The College of Education sponsors a 15-day summer course in Ghana designed to provide students with an international experience. Students explore teaching issues through class room visits, guest lecturers, and field trips.

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Study Abroad Student Experiences


 30 UNIVERSITY OF IOWA EDUCATION.UIOWA.EDU 31 GLOBAL EDUCATION COLLEGE OF EDUCATION University of Iowa students work in groups with Costa Rican middle school students learning English

Growing Global

The College of Education’s Global Education Initiatives continue to strengthen existing partnerships and create new opportunities for students and faculty, including programs in Costa Rica, Finland, Ghana, the UK, Japan, Kosovo, and Norway, among other collaborations.

Amira Nash stands outside of the Lindquist Center.

International education leader lauded

Alumna Amira Nash, a doctoral student focusing on teaching and learning: literacy, culture, and language education, and associate director of partnerships and programs in the Baker Teacher Leader Center, is a recipient of the 2023 Global Student Award.

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.