Other International Opportunities
If you are back from abroad and want to find other ways to go abroad again, there are many programs and organizations with resources online. Here is a small sampling of some of them:
Study & Research Funding
Work or Volunteer Abroad
Peace Corps: Education volunteers teach a variety of subjects and typically integrate health and environmental education into their lessons.
WorldTeach, Inc. : Volunteer (usually receive a living allowance) to teach English or other subjects in American Samoa, Bangladesh, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Namibia, Poland, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships: Competitive grant to teach English in countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East, or Western Europe.
The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program: Paid positions in Japanese public schools for English teaching assistants. Organized through the Japanese government.
English Program in Korea (EPIK): Paid positions in Korean public schools for English teaching assistants. Organized through the Korean government.
The Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) Program: Teach conversational English in rural Korean elementary schools and receive training, living stipend, airfare, etc. Organized through the Korean government.
Foreign Trainers in China with Disney English: Paid positions with 12-15 month contract. See website for more information.
Spain - Language & Culture Assistant Program: This program is run by the Spanish Ministry of Education and offers a monthly stipend. Students are chosen to be an English language and North American culture Assistants in public elementary and secondary schools in Spain.
France -Teaching Assistant Program: Teach English in French public schools to kids of all ages for 7 months. This program is run by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and offers a monthly stipend. Opportunities include France, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Reunion.
Austria - Teaching Assistant Program: Serve as a linguistic and cultural ambassador of the United States in Austrian secondary schools. Financed by The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture. Teaching assistants receive a monthly salary. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and a working knowledge of German. More details are available on their website.
Council on International Educational Exchange Teach English Abroad: Teach English abroad in Chile, China, Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, or Vietnam. There is a fee for CIEE services but there is also monthly compensation in country.
Volunteers in Asia: Teach English abroad in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, or Vietnam. Website provides overview of program, including requirements and application procedures.
TESOL (Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages): Includes job listings and information on TESOL certification programs.
TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language): Find TEFL/TESL Training programs around the world, search for jobs teaching English, post your resume and ask questions about the TEFL/TESL career.
TESOL/TEFL Training Courses
Teach Abroad Search: Search for teach abroad opportunities - anyone can post a position so check with UI Study Abroad about organization before applying.
Private Language Schools: Google "English Language School" + country, city. Over 100 million worldwide. Berlitz, AEON, GEOS, and IALC are some of the bigger chains worldwide.
Getting a job abroad and developing an international career is now a more attainable goal than ever before. With the ease of travel and the speed of communication, many U.S. companies find it easy to operate branches or headquarters in a foreign country, and as a result, international job opportunities cover a broad spectrum of fields. There are also a wealth of shorter-term job possibilities and international internships available, to help you get started on an international career.
For an overall look at international job opportunities, students might want to look at web-based search engines such as www.careerbuilder.com or www.worktree.com, both of which have an "international" section. Books that might be useful to help you get started include The Back Door Guide to Short-Term Job Adventures, written by Michael Landes (available in the UI Study Abroad Office library) or the Directory of International Internships, published by Michigan State University (also available in the UI Study Abroad Office library). Another book focusing on international careers rather than on shorter, international internships or short-term jobs, is International Jobs: Where They Are, How to Get Them, written by Eric Kocher and Nina Segal (look for the most current edition; the third edition is available in the UI Study Abroad Office library).
More specifically, now that they have discovered the world, many returned study abroad students often express a particular interest in jobs like ours—working in International Programs or Study Abroad Offices. Below we have listed out some general requirements that you’ll likely need, as well as skills that might be helpful in landing you a great job in an international programs or study abroad office.
Generally Required for a Study Abroad Program Advisor Position
- Bachelor's or Master's degree in a related field
- International work or study experience
- Computer software experience
- Good people skills
- Ability to "multi-task"
Generally Required for a Coordinator Position
- Master's degree generally required, in a related field
- Significant international experience
- Experience working with a budget
- Organizational and management skills
- Fluency in a foreign language
To start searching for a job in an international programs or study abroad office, it helps to become familiar with NAFSA, the Association of International Educators. NAFSA is the primary affiliation of international programs and study abroad offices worldwide. You can also list your information in theirjob registry. Here you will also find information about the different sections of NAFSA, you can sign-up to be on mailing lists that include job announcements, etc.