Germany: Education Field Experience

This program is now closed


About the program


The Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg was one of UBC’s first international CFE partners, and they have been hosting and placing UBC teacher candidates in Freiburg’s public and private school system since 2012. Usually, students are assigned to a school in or near Freiburg.

Location: Freiburg, Germany


The candidate will be placed in a grade and subject near the age group and subjects they taught in Canada. For the first few days, teacher candidates will usually observe classes being taught, assist whenever possible, and get used to the rhythm and flow of the school. By the middle to the end of the first week, teacher candidates are encouraged to try their hand at teaching lessons, and in the second week they should be teaching one or two (or more) lessons a day, or teaching what they and their hosts feel comfortable with.

Some potential CFE activities include:

  • Observe, assist and teach in a grade/subject areas similar to that taught in Canada
  • Observe, assist and teach English and English as a Second Language
  • Observe and assist other grades and subjects in the school
  • Observe and assist with teacher specialists
  • Observe and assist with field trips and after school activities
  • Present an overview of Canada. Candidates will be in schools four days/week with extended weekends to be used for cultural events and travel in the area

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General Timeline

Teaching Dates: April 29 – May 17, 2024

Arrival Date: April 28, 2024

Expected weekly hours: Monday – Thursday 8am – 4pm

Eligibility and Prerequisite

Prerequisite: Teacher candidates completing their practical requirement.

Theme: International Placement
Location: International
Age Group: Elementary and Middle Years

Number of placements: 6

This placement has the ability to host French candidates. 

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Program Fees

Program fees: $3200-3500*.

*The final program fee depends on the number of students in the program.

Note: The program fee will be offset by $1,000 for UBC students through our Go Global Award. If you have any pass/fail courses, we will assess your average with advice from your faculty.

Included in program fee Not included in program fee
  • Accommodations
  • On-site group transportation
  • Some meals
  • Entrance fees
  • Guest lectures
  • Go Global fees
  • Flight
  • UBC tuition
  • Remainder of meals (kitchen on site)
  • Health or travel insurance
  • Immunizations (if necessary)
  • Visas (if necessary)
  • Personal spending money for communications, snacks, and souvenirs, etc.

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Program Director Bio

Dr. Klassen obtained both her Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts degrees in Mathematics Education from the University of British Columbia, and completed her PhD in curriculum at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Klassen has teaching experience in the K-12 school system, colleges, and universities in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Nunavut.

Dr. Klassen’s focus on integrating and embedding Indigenous Education throughout the B.Ed. program is a crucial aspect of her leadership. Learning and unlearning are interwoven throughout all 16 months of learning, and the program begins and ends in ceremony. Dr. Klassen recognizes the importance of educators responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action and how this shapes relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. She supported the development of the OSE Indigenous Education Council, a council that provides the Faculty with advice, recommendations, and guidance to enhance the program’s academic and field education.

Dr. Klassen is also known for her teaching innovation, which involves teaching numeracy education classes in-situ at local elementary schools. Her learner-centered approach focuses on alleviating math anxiety for teacher candidates, while they learn “about” teaching math “through” teaching math. This in-situ pedagogical innovation is a key feature of the B.Ed. program and involves ongoing organization, care, and attention with teachers and school administration and elementary students.

In 2023, in recognition of her dedication to teacher education, she received the ABCDE’s Teacher Educator Award.