Selecting a Placement Location
Several factors are considered when seeking an appropriate placement including your personal interests and availability, the school calendar in the country of your choice, availability of a host school, and the feasibility for the program of your placement at a particular time and in a particular location.
The process begins by your determining when you can travel and the country you would like for your placement. Use information in the following sections to narrow down your choices and prepare to complete the program application.
When Can I Go?
On the application we ask that you tell us when you can participate in the program. The following lists present approximate dates when schools are in session and/or are appropriate for placements in the regions/countries in which we work. Actual dates vary within countries and among schools depending on local decisions, government action, or unanticipated changes in the school schedule. Use this information for general planning purposes. The specific dates for your assignment will be communicated in the letter of acceptance or at the time your placement is determined.
Do not make plans for your travel to the host school - or for vacation travel - until a school has accepted your application and actual placement dates have been confirmed.
Northern Hemisphere (Academic year: September - June)
Examples: Cameroon, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Panama, Russia, Scotland. Placements generally begin in early to mid September, at the beginning of January, or in March.
Southern Hemisphere (Academic year: February - December)
Examples: Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, South Africa. Placements will generally begin the first of February, in May or June, and in August. In Australia and New Zealand there are two or three week term breaks every ten weeks.
- CHILE: Placements are available from the first week in March to late December. There is a two week winter vacation in June or July depending on the type of school.
- INDIA: Placements begin in January or in June.
- THAILAND: Placements begin in June to the end of September, and from early November to mid March. There are no classes in April, May, and October.
- VIETNAM: Placements are available from Early September to late December and from mid February, just after Tet concludes, to the end of June.
Where Can I Go?
EA placements have been made in the countries listed in the next section. Click on the name of a country for further information that can help you choose where you would like to complete your assignment.
Placements can be arranged in other countries by contacting EA to discuss alternatives.
You may also wish to communicate with past EA participants in order to gather information about the program and the nature of placements in a specific country. Details for contacting past participants are available on country pages.
LENGTH OF STAY: Visa requirements determine the length of the school placement in all countries (also see 'Required actions: Passport, Visa and Entry to the Host Country').
Where a visa is required PRIOR to DEPARTURE for the host country, the length of the placement is agreed to as part of receiving the entry visa (e.g. Cameroon, United Kingdom Tire 4 visa).
Where citizens of one country are allowed to request entry on arrival at another country, the immigration officer can grant the individual a visa to enter as a visitor for a specified period of time. A visitor visa does not allow for the visitor to earn income and, depending on inter government arrangements, limits the stay to anywhere from 10 days to six months.
Citizens of the USA are generally granted a 90 day visitor visa when entering countries in European Union Schengen countries. As a result, school placements in these countries may be limited to 12 weeks to not be in violation of each country's immigration laws (e.g. Czech Republic, Ireland, Germany). In some cases the placement can be longer if the student travels to a non-Schengen country (e.g. Morocco, Turkey, UK) for a short break and then returns to complete their placement.
Airlines will not allow passengers to travel if their return ticket is for a time longer than visa requirements in the country they are traveling to. If travelers expect to travel in other countries they can explain this to the gate agent and possibly be allowed to travel.
Caveat - EA has no control over any country's immigration policy, practice, or actions which can change at any time and thus take no responsibility for their actions. EA only provides general guidance on visa requirements with specific arrangements determined by the host country and individual seeking entry.
We are developing a tool to help prospective participants narrow down – or expand – their placement country options. We are adding information about countries as we can, but there is enough information in the database, to make it useful at least as a way of ruling out countries that do not meet your criteria (e.g. a country may not offer your teaching subject).
To use this tool, click on the various parameters, listed below, that apply to your situation (e.g. when you can go and teaching subject). The result of your search will present a country or group of countries that meet your specifications.
If you click the check box next to "Include countries with no information" then your query will include all countries that match your criteria as well as all countries for which the specified information has not yet been entered into the database.
Alternatively, click on a country name for general information about placements in that country, www resources with details about the country, and for e-mail addresses of past participants who completed a placement in that country and have have offered to share their insights with you.
In all cases you should use a variety of resources to learn about each country you are considering, make the choice(s) best suited to your goals, and become knowledgeable about your placement country before traveling.
- Numbers in ( ) by each parameter indicate the number of countries for which we have data that meet that criteria.
- Numbers in ( ) next to each country name indicate the number of individuals who have completed a placement in that country through services
of EA faculty.