Short-Term Exchanges

It's the experience of a lifetime - take your vocation to a different location!

General Information

Short-term exchanges for principals and teachers are a job shadow experience for one to two weeks. You are billeted by your exchange counterpart and work-shadow in your exchange partner’s school. You then host your counterpart for one to two weeks so they can experience the Alberta education system. You and your partner arrange cultural visits to correspond with the interests of both parties. You cover the cost of travel. There are no application fees and the program secures the exchange and provides pre- and post-exchange support.

For more information on exchanges for administrators, download a copy of the Exchanging Minds: Short-Term Administrator and Teacher Exchanges brochure. 


Time frame for Alberta school administrator/teacher to job
shadow overseas

Time frame for Alberta school administrator/teacher to host counterpart


Two-week period in July or August

Two-week period in May, September or October

Hessen, Germany

Two-week period in July or August

Two weeks in October

Asturias, Catalonia or Castilla y Leon, Spain

Two-week period to be determined based on holiday schedules

Two weeks in March, April or May

Other Canadian provinces

Two-week period to be determined based on holiday schedules

Two-week period to be determined based on holiday schedules


*pilot for school leaders. Five Placements during pilot phase

Two-week period in Spring break Two-week period in September or October
Please note that exact dates are to be determined with the exchange liaison. Some dates may be flexible. Exchanges typically occur over breaks and holidays that stagger with the host country’s school schedule. 

Application Form

To qualify for a teacher or administrator exchange, you need an Alberta Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate and a permanent teaching or administrative position. Teachers require the approval of their principal and administrators require the approval their superintendent.

Please note that you must first download the form to activate the capabilities of the interactive form. To submit your application, complete the following steps: (1) Complete the interactive form by typing the information in the spaces provided; (2) Print the completed interactive form; and 4) Mail the original per instructions contained in the application form.

Short-Term Teacher Exchange or
School Administrator Exchange Information Application



Application Deadlines

Because our short-term exchanges take place during various times of the year, there is no formal deadline for submitting applications. Bear in mind that because school systems are not the same in each country, we will focus on different countries at various times of the year.

If you are a teacher, all applications must have your administrator and jurisdiction approval. If you are an administrator, all applications must have jurisdiction approval. It is the responsibility of the applicant to send the ORIGINAL application to our office.