Working abroad is not a kind of job (i.e. field/industry), but rather a job location. Job seekers must still offer a skill set to an employer (e.g. marketing skills, technical skills, etc.). Teaching English abroad is often a good option for an American college graduate, since native English speaking skills are in high demand around the world, especially in Eastern Europe and Asia. Working abroad during the year immediately after graduation is also a good option. Work authorization programs allow recent college graduates the freedom to pursue a wide variety of occupations.
General Advice on Working and Living Abroad
The University of Texas at Austin’s Liberal Arts Career Services - Excellent, comprehensive site featuring general background information, short-term experiences, international career and country-by-country information.
University of Michigan International Center - Work Abroad section provides excellent resource for exploring international employment, including a definitive directory of web links.
Escape Artist - The website for anyone moving to another country. Job listings, newspapers from around the world, tips, articles and more.
GoOverseas.com - Info about studying, interning, volunteering and teaching abroad. A centralized website “clearinghouse” of many opportunities, with advice and reviews as well.
U.S. Department of State - The DOS is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency responsible for advancing freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community. The Department’s employees, Foreign Service Officers and Specialists, Civil Service professionals and Foreign Service Nationals work at over 265 locations overseas, and throughout the United States. Together, they help to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system.
Presidential Management Fellows Program - Since 1977 the PMF Program has matched outstanding graduate students with exciting Federal opportunities. You’ll perform valuable service to the American people while jump-starting your career, whatever you envision that to be. You’ll get full salary and benefits as well as challenging assignments, rotations, feedback on your work plus an opportunity to make government work better.
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program - The Pickering Fellowship provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program - The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.There are two major components to the Rangel Program: an International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program that provides support for graduate school, professional development, and entry into the U.S. Foreign Service, and an undergraduate International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program that provides undergraduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding about U.S. foreign policy.
USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program - If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people’s compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $90,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service. Fellowship recipients can use the award to attend U.S. graduate programs throughout the country; they will join the USAID Foreign Service upon completion of the program, as long as they successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID entry requirements. The Payne Fellowship encourages the application of members of minority groups who have historically been underrepresented in international development careers and those with financial need.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
State Department Critical Language Scholarship Program - A program Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes in 13 critical foreign languages. The CLS Program is administered by American Councils and The Ohio State University/Ohio University.
Fulbright U.S. Student Program - Offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad. In addition, Critical Language Enhancement Awards are available to grantees for study of critical need foreign languages before or during their grant period.
State Magazine - The U.S. Department of State’s monthly magazine is published to facilitate communication between management and employees at home and abroad and to acquaint employees with developments that may affect operations or personnel. The magazine is also available to persons interested in working for the Department of State and to the general public.
Foreign Service Journal - The American Foreign Service Association’s publication covers foreign affairs from an insider’s perspective, providing thoughtful articles on international issues, the practice of diplomacy and the U.S. Foreign Service. Including the AFSA News section, the Journal is published monthly (July-August issues combined).
Foreign Service Blogs - The American Foreign Service Association site has links to dozens of unofficial employee blogs to give you insight into work and life in the U.S. Foreign Service around the world. Students, FS candidates and the general public should find blogs of interest here.
Work Authorization Programs
During the year after graduation, alumni are eligible to obtain work authorization to do any job they can get. These programs provide authorization and helpful relocation and job search resources for a fee. These programs are typically one of the easiest ways for US graduates to get jobs abroad. Positions can range from “casual” (e.g. waiting tables in a pub) to career track. Numerous SU graduates go abroad on these programs each year and have worked in museums, banks, scientific research centers, bookstores, offices, pubs and more.
BUNAC - Offers US students and recent college graduates (up to 6 months after graduation) work/intern/travel programs to Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and other locations in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia.
InterExchange Work Abroad Program - From au pair and short-term work placements to teaching English and career-based internships in exciting destinations such as Spain, Thailand and Australia, experience life working overseas.
Teaching English Abroad
United TEFL Training - Teaching English abroad is a unique and exciting way to experience new places, people and cultures with the security of always finding a job. A TESOL/TEFL certificate allows you to network globally and start your international career after only 4 weeks training. United TEFL is composed of private (TESOL training) schools in Europe, Asia and Latin America and is an approved centre for the most prestigious Trinity College London teacher training qualification the Trinity Cert TESOL. We have a team of experienced trainers committed to providing a supportive educational atmosphere with an emphasis on individual attention. United TEFL reps come to Southwestern each year to help students learn more about their program.
The Language House.net - Teach English abroad with The Language House. The 4-week, 130 hour TEFL course in Prague will give you the training and qualifications needed to teach English abroad.
Oxford Seminars (TESOL/TESL/TEFL) - Provides a detailed, realistic, and diverse look at ESL teaching and TESOL certification, including content on more than 50 high-demand ESL countries, our exclusive ESL Language Schools Directory which profiles ESL schools around the world, checklists and guides on preparing to travel and teach abroad.
Teaching Abroad Without Certification - U. of Michigan article
TEFL Worldwide Prague - TEFL Worldwide Prague is a highly reputable British and American owned school offering the 4-week, 120 hour internationally recognized TEFL certificate course. Become certified to teach English abroad and receive job guidance worldwide from our experienced staff. Visit our website to see what our graduates have to say about the program. Teach & Travel Worldwide with TEFL Worldwide Prague. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CIEE.org - Teach abroad in Chile, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Senegal, South Korea, Spain, Vietnam and Thailand.
API - Austin-based company that pre-arranges and guarantees placements for individuals and groups to work, intern, volunteer, teach, take cultural classes and travel abroad. We offer programs to Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe or Latin America, including major medical traveler’s insurance, housing & visa assistance, and pre-departure and local support. Our team has traveled and managed operations in over 70 countries and has developed wonderful relationships and programs with local operators to provide quality and personalized service.
Dave’s ESL Cafe - The Internet’s meeting place for ESL & EFL teachers and students from around the world. Job search resources as well as useful bulletin board exchange where you can read, ask questions and contribute to discussions about working abroad in general or specific programs or geographic locations.
Disney English - Teach English in China through a unique program. If you have a passion for children and a passion for Disney, learn about this two-year, paid program.
EnglishTeacherChina.com - Small, American-owned placement company that provides individualized, ongoing support for you the entire time you’re in China; recruits for primary, middle and high schools, preschools, English training companies and universities all over China. No teacher certification required. Free online TEFL/TESOL certification for all placed teachers.
ESLAuthority.com - Site dedicated to the online teaching industry with the goal of providing job listings, information and resources for users
Footprints Recruiting - Footprints Recruiting is a professional recruiting agency started by and for teachers. Find out about full-time opportunities to teach English abroad in countries around the world.
InterExchange Working Abroad - A non-profit organization that offers International Internship, Language School, International Volunteer, Teaching English, Au Pair and Work & Travel programs for U.S. citizens to work and travel abroad. Most programs include pre-arranged housing and work placements, so participants know where they’ll be living and working before leaving the U.S. Our more flexible programs offer job placement and housing resources as needed while the participant travels within the country.
The International Educator - A non-profit publication listing hundreds of teaching jobs in ads placed by over 200 overseas American and international schools around the world.
JET Programme - The Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme seeks to enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The program offers opportunities to serve in local government organizations as well as public and private junior and senior high schools.
The Miracle Foundation - Austin-based social entrepreneurs revolutionizes the way orphanages are run worldwide, starting in India. Among other internship opportunities, volunteers can teach English.
Search Associates - One of the largest overseas school placement organizations in the world, and works closely with teachers and schools from all over the globe.
TeachAway - Teach Away, North America’s leading teacher placement organization, offers a wide variety of international jobs at Ministries of Education and Top Private Schools around the globe. Each year, hundreds of graduates explore the world and experience a new culture through Teach Away’s international teaching programs.
teflSearch.com - Job search site with database of postings as well as extensive information about what teaching abroad is, how to get qualified, tips for getting hired, what to expect on the job, etc.
TESall.com - A unique vertical search portal that allows users to simultaneously search ESL job boards across the Internet for specific types of teaching positions in countries worldwide. Using TESall.com streamlines the job search process by only producing results as defined by the user’s individual goals or requirements.
World Teach - Non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries.
International Job Opportunities
Diversity Directory - International directory with job listings in Asia, Europe and Latin America and international human resources information.
Educational Programmes Abroad - European and Australian internships offered.
Intrax - Intrax is a globally-oriented company that provides a lifetime of high quality educational, work and volunteer programs that connect people and cultures. Intrax has operations in more than 100 countries worldwide and offers diverse educational and cultural programs including: high school exchange, international au pairs, language classes, volunteer opportunities, leadership programs, and work and internship placements.
ISA (International Studies Abroad) Internships - In Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia/New Zealand.
Overseasjobs.com - Tools to help you get an overseas jobs, including job postings open to non-residents of your target country.
Jobs in Asia
Indeed.com’s Asian sites - One search. All jobs.
- China <http://cn.indeed.com/>
- India <http://www.indeed.co.in/>
- Japan <http://www.indeed.jp/>
- Korea <http://kr.indeed.com/>
Adzuna in India - A job search site that aims to list every job vacancy found online.
Glassdoor India https://www.glassdoor.co.in/index.htm
Jobs in Australia
Adzuna - A job search site that aims to list every job vacancy found online.
ApplyDirect - Direct postings from employers in Australia only, no recruiting agencies.
Glassdoor Australia https://www.glassdoor.com.au/index.htm
Indeed.com Australia - One search. All jobs.
Jobs in Canada
Adzuna - A job search site that aims to list every job vacancy found online.
Canadajobs.com - Links to job databases, government job banks, newsgroups, employment agencies, and companies that have Canadian job listings on their homepages.
Glassdoor Canada https://www.glassdoor.ca/index.htm
Indeed.com Canada - One search. All jobs.
WowJobs.ca - WowJobs has become Canada’s largest and most comprehensive job search site. We pull from 6,000 different sources resulting in us find employment opportunities others don’t.
Jobs in Europe
Adzuna - A job search site that aims to list every job vacancy found online. Adzuna boasts more listings than any other job site in the UK. As well as our job listings, Adzuna makes job search better by offering free unique features such as Value My CV and Jobsworth (a salary estimator for the hundreds of thousands of jobs that don’t list a salary). In addition to the UK site, Adzuna also offers sites for:
- Germany (http://www.adzuna.de/)
- France (http://www.adzuna.fr/)
- The Netherlands (http://www.adzuna.nl/)
- Poland (http://www.adzuna.pl/)
- Russia (http://www.adzuna.ru/)
Financial Times (Europe) - Gives financial and career information for European countries.
Glassdoor Belgium (Dutch language): https://nl.glassdoor.be/index.htm
Glassdoor Belgium (French language): https://fr.glassdoor.be/index.htm
Graduate-Jobs.com - Based in the UK, this site is updated daily with jobs from a wide range of companies. There is no fee for job seekers to apply.
EURES - The European Job Mobility Portal - European Employment Services is a cooperation network designed to facilitate the free movement of workers within the European Economic Area; Switzerland is also involved. Partners in the network include public employment services, trade union and employers’ organizations. The network is coordinated by the European Commission. Some positions are limited to EU country workers.
Indeed.com’s European sites - One search. All jobs.
- Austria <http://at.indeed.com/>
- Belgium <http://be.indeed.com/>
- France <http://www.indeed.fr/>
- Germany <http://www.indeed.de/>
- Ireland <http://www.indeed.ie/>
- Italy <http://it.indeed.com/>
- Netherlands <http://www.indeed.nl/>
- Spain <http://www.indeed.es/>
- Switzerland <http://www.indeed.ch/>
- United Kingdom <http://www.indeed.co.uk/>
JobSearch.ie - For jobs in Ireland and extensive information for the Irish job seeker. This site also encompasses a search for accommodations.
EuroPages - Search engine with a multi-country capacity with multi-language queries.
Life and Business in the EU - Information about work, retirement, education, healthcare, consumer rights, driving, and more.
Internships in Europe - University of Rochester has programs in England, France, Germany, Belgium and Spain
Russian and Eastern European Institute - Job and internship opportunities
Jobs in Latin America
Indeed.com’s Latin American sites - One search. All jobs.
Adzuna in Brazil - A job search site that aims to list every vacancy online.
Amigos de las Americas - Amigos de las Américas inspires and builds young leaders through collaborative community development and immersion in cross-cultural experiences.
Cross-Cultural Solutions is a recognized leader in the field of international volunteering. An international not-for-profit organization with no political or religious affiliations, CCS operates in 12 countries. Cross-Cultural Solutions volunteers make a meaningful contribution to the community by working side-by-side with local people, while gaining a new perspective and insight into the culture and themselves. The volunteer work is with carefully selected Partner Programs, all of which are dynamic and inspiring community-led initiatives. Volunteers enjoy the flexibility of choosing start dates year-round and programs from 1-12 weeks long. CCS offers international volunteer and intern programs in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Morocco, Peru, Russia, South Africa Tanzania, and Thailand.
API - Pre-arranges and guarantees placements for individuals and groups to work, intern, volunteer, teach, take cultural classes and travel abroad. We offer programs to Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe or Latin America, including major medical traveler’s insurance, housing and visa assistance, and pre-departure and local support. Our team has traveled and managed operations in over 70 countries, and has developed wonderful relationships and programs with local operators to provide quality and personalized service.
The Language Travel Company.com - In addition to language immersion programs for Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Greek, Chinese, Russian, and Arabic, this organization offers volunteer abroad opportunities in Latin America and Russia.
LoveVolunteers.org - Not-for-profit program fees for fun, rewarding, safe and affordable volunteering opportunities in developing countries around the world.
Peace Corps - How far are you willing to go to make a difference?
Restless Development - Spend 4-10 months in Africa or Asia in partnership with young people from these regions.
Visions in Action - An international nonprofit organization offering 6 and 12 month volunteer positions in five African countries and Mexico. Positions are available with nonprofit development organizations, research institutes, health clinics, community groups, and news organization.
Volunteer World - Featuring 500+ volunteer programs and 600+ social projects in more than 70 countries, www.volunteerworld.com is a one-stop resource for volunteer abroad opportunities. Filter your search by location, volunteer category and budget and transparently compare projects. With our preselection of partner organisations around the world we ascertain the high quality of the projects on our platform.