Portugal – EDS388H5S

The Course

This internship is a minimum 100-hour experiential learning opportunity. The internship connects the student's subject specialization to aspects of the teaching/training development profession. It will integrate, extend, and deepen the learning experience as students begin to identify particular academic or professional insights. Prior to enrollment, internship proposals must be approved by the program coordinator. As part of this course, students may have the option of participating in an international learning experience that will have an additional cost and application process.

Prerequisites: None (Recommended Preparation: EDS200H5, 210H5, 220H5, EDS300H5)

The Trip

Spend 18 days in Portugal with classmates, Professor Liz Coulson of the Education Department working in a local school developing skills, learning and understanding education systems and connecting with the local communities.

A better part of the trip will be spent in Sintra, home to extravagance. Palaces, mansions and castles can be seen across the city. In Sintra you will be introduced to the campus in which you will participate in your internship, learning about education and its functions while being present in the school community and leading courses.

Throughout the trip, you will also travel to Porto and Algarve. You will spend weekends in both locations learning about the local culture and history of the community, taking in the sights and sounds and tasting the cuisine.

Why Participate

  • Observe and appreciate the education system of Portugal while getting hands on experience through the internship at a local school (CAISL);
  • Connect with the history, culture, and education of Portugal;
  • Establish connections with fellow students and your professor;
  • Add international travel experience to your resume.



  • DatesDepart approximately 10 days after the April exam period. 

  • Estimated Cost: $4250 - $4500  

*The amount posted is currently under review by the University Business Board. Approved amounts will be confirmed in March 2020. 

What is Included: Flights, transportation, accommodation, meals and in-country activities associated with the course. Funding Available!

What is NOT Included: Course fees, fees associated with travel insurance, trip cancellation insurance, additional optional tours/activities while abroad, visa applications, medical exams, vaccinations, and any other additional costs.

Funding 2020-2021

  • This experience is offered with the generous support of the Office of the Dean, which means; bursaries will be awarded based on demonstrated financial need (not linked to OSAP) as shown in your funding request in your UTM Abroad application.
  • Read more about funding here!

Please Note: You will receive payment due dates at the time of acceptance. 

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Things to know

  • Access all forms and submit all documents through the UTM Abroad Portal; 
  • Use Firefox or Google Chrome; 
  • Use a desktop computer rather than your mobile device;  
  • You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print forms completed through the UTM Abroad Portal. Adobe Acrobat Reader should be installed before beginning the application process and can be downloaded here
  • Your browser must enable cookies and JavaScript. For security reasons, your log-in session will automatically be timed-out if you have not entered data during this time; 
  • Save your progress as you go by clicking "save" at the end of each section to avoid losing the information you have already entered in the form. 

UTM Abroad PortalNeed to Know

  • The cost and itinerary are subject to change;
  • You must register for EDS388H5F;
  • Fees must be paid in full by the required deadlines;
  • To prepare for the trip, students must attend training leading up to the experience in Portugal.