This program gives education students a rare opportunity to undertake an intensive international study program. The course, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will give participants detailed insight into teaching theory and practice in the USA today as well as an opportunity to observe classroom teaching in practice.

The dynamic city of Charlotte, close to the East Coast, serves as a stunning backdrop for this program that will include lectures and seminars, site visits and classroom time in a US school. Aside from looking at teaching practices in the USA, the program will also address the hot issues in US education today, and include sessions on urban education, special needs students, diversity in the classroom, assessment and the use of technology.

This program is one not to be missed by teaching students. As it takes place during the Australian summer holidays there will also be ample opportunity for students to travel around the USA either before or after the program.

** Details to the program are still subject to final change **

Additional Course Information

Components of the Program

The course contains three main components:

  • Lectures on the US education system
  • Visits to a range of schools
  • Observation and mentoring in a US classroom

In addition to these components, the University will also arrange time for you to meet with US Education students. This is a fantastic way for you to get to know local students as well as get a far deeper understanding of US education issues from the perspective of a peer.


Students will be provided with learning materials (relevant reading lists) on arrival at UNCC. During the program students will have access to computing facilities, though students are advised to bring their own laptop if they have one.

University and Faculty

University of North Carolina, Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System. A large public university with a small college feel, more than 27,200 students consider UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus their home away from home.

Site Visits and Cultural Activities

The program is crammed full of site visits and cultural activities, all designed to give you a great appreciation of the US education system and national culture.


Students will be accommodated in a basic, comfortable hotel adjacent to the university campus. Accommodation is on a twin-share basis and will include breakfast and afternoon snack. Free WiFi access is available at the hotel, along with an indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness centre.


Charlotte-USANorth Carolina is located in the South East of the United States and has a diverse landscape ranging from the Atlantic Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains. The edge of North Carolina owns some of the most beautiful beaches and stunning islands that acts as an attraction to people all around the country. North Carolina is home to 1, 500 lakes of 10 acres or more in size as well as almost 60 000 kilometres of fresh water streams. The state also houses the Whitewater Falls, which is the highest waterfall in the Eastern United States and a popular sight to visit.

Charlotte, known as the ‘Queen City’ is the largest in North Carolina and is a commercial hub. As much as it is known for being the business town, it also has incredible museums, stately old neighbourhoods and lots of fine food to feast on. It holds the Levine Museum of the New South, which explores post-civil war history of the South and the NASCAR hall of fame that celebrates the sport of auto-racing. Because of the states many rivers, in Charlotte there are fun activities like kayaking, canoeing, river rafting and tubing to do, as well as many walking, food and shopping tours.


Credit and Funding


All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.

Course convenors will not be able approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus, so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive this in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages.


You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.

Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.

We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.

Application Information

Applications are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.

We’ve included for your convenience below the initial stages of the application process.

1. Apply online
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results
3. We’ll review your results and application and if you are eligible, will invite you to an initial consultation by phone with an advisor.
4. You’ll pay our $40 application fee and book in your phone consultation with an advisor.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 15 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. Once you return any necessary documents (which we’ll advise you of in the consultation), we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, we’ll send you your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
7. Your acceptance pack will contain the course syllabus, steps on applying for credit and funding, and an invoice for the program deposit. Your place is secured once you’ve paid your deposit.

Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.

Students who wish to apply after the official application closing date (15th September) are required to email or call us directly on (02) 9975 7792. Please note, that late applications are subject to a $100 late fee (inclusive of the $40 phone consultation fee). For more information, please refer to the AIM Overseas Late Application Fee Document.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.