Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg

The Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg was one of UBC’s first international CFE partners, and they have been hosting and placing UBC teacher candidates in Frieburg’s public and private school system since 2012. Usually students are assigned to a school in or near Frieburg. If the teacher candidate is assigned to a school outside of Freiburg, it will be within easy reach of rapid transit.

The UBC teacher candidate is usually placed in a grade and subject near the age group and subjects they taught in Canada. For the first few days teacher candidate usually observe classes being taught, assist whenever possible, and get used to the rhythm and flow of the school. By the middle to 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.

Even if the teacher candidate is not an English, or English as a Second Language (ESL), major, like most international placements, the schools see the UBC teacher candidate as a native speaker and will encourage the teacher candidate to speak, model and teach English to their students. Thus teacher candidates are encouraged to pay particular attention to the language and literacy content and strategies taught in LLED 353/360 during their UBC BEd term 1.


  • 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

The placement is suitable for candidates who speak French or at best who study French and would like to teach French.


Associated Costs:

  • Flight from Vancouver to the Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Euro Airport (Sep 2015): $1000.00- 1500.00 Canadian (CDN), return
  • Bus from the airport one way: € 60 (~90.00 CDN)
  • Train from Basel to Freiburg, return (Sep 2015): ~60.00 CDN (return, ~30.00 CDN one way)
  • Homestay for 3 weeks: ~ € 350 (~525.00 CDN) (includes food). Note: Homestays are more difficult to find and may not be available. Please ask if any are available.
  • Apartment for 3 weeks: ~ € 1000 (Euros) for the three weeks (or € 500 each for two teacher candidates)