Student Teaching in Australia

SUNY Geneseo Teacher Candidates interested in a student teaching experience in Queensland, Australia through SUNY Cortland should contact the Student Teaching Office in the School of Education.  * There is an application process through our Student Teaching Office which includes a minimum GPA of 3.0 and faculty recommendations.

As stated in SUNY Cortland’s website:

“SUNY Cortland’s student teaching program on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia is a 13 week program consisting of the following elements:

1). A 2 week summer program in which you will take a specialized course designed to introduce you to the Australian education system and prepare you for your student teaching experience.

2). An optional 2 week tour of the Australian tropical east coast and outback.  During this trip, you will travel by bus with other students on the program as you are led by your Australian Program Director.  You will have the chance to swim in the Great Barrier Reef, be charmed by a small town population of 45 people in the Outback as you spend the night in the town’s main building which serves as the local post office/pub /hotel, as well as enjoy many beaches, animal and nature preserves, geographic wonders, and other scenic and highly authentic destinations along the way.  This trip is highly recommended!  Past participants have described this incredible trip as one of the highlights of the program.

3). A 9 week student teaching placement.  This student teaching placement meets the requirements by the New York State Education Department as well as by the State University of New York.

City, Country

Queensland, Australia
Sunshine Coast


2013 Dates

Depart the United States no later than: June 5, 2013 (note: it takes two days to fly from the United States to Australia, so you must leave by June 5 to arrive by June 7,2013). 

Arrive in Brisbane, Australia no later than: June 7, 2013. Overnight in Brisbane. Be prepared to meet the program director and group bus at 9:30 AM Australian time on Saturday, June 8th at designated pick-up.

Orientation for Student Teaching in Australia: Tuesday, June 11- Friday, June 21, 2013 (two weeks)

Vacation: Saturday, June 22 - Sunday, July 7, 2013 (two weeks)

Student Teaching: Monday, July 8 - Friday, September 6, 2013 (nine weeks)

Program finishes: Saturday, September 7, 2013. After the program concludes, you may fly home or you may travel around Australia for a maximum of 1 additional month (your visa will expire by early October).

Application Deadlines

Spring registrants: October 1, 2012
Fall registrants: December 1, 2012

Are you a spring or fall registrant? Please refer to "Session" section to the right

ALL components of the program application must be submitted by published deadlines.

Non-Cortland applicants MUST first discuss intent to apply to the program with their home school study abroad and/or field placement offices and submit all application materials to the same by appropriate deadline. The applicable home campus office will then forward the completed applications to SUNY Cortland.

Program Costs

SUNY Cortland 2013 Budget


Off campus apartment style shared housing with other program participants (2-3 bedrooms) with full kitchens in beautiful Newport Mooloolaba Holiday Apartments on the Sunshine Coast.

Program Advisor

Contact Gonda Gebhardt, SUNY Cortland study abroad advisor, with any questions you may have.