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.
ASE.net - Impressive website that finds accommodations.
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.
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/travel programs to Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, as well as volunteer opportunities in other countries.
InterExchange Work Abroad Program - From au pair and short-term work placements in Spain and France, to teaching English and career-based internships in exciting destinations such as Bulgaria, Belgium and London, experience life working overseas.
Teaching English Abroad
Academy of Prague Schools TEFL - This 4-week, Trinity College, London approved TESOL/TEFL course in Prague prepares you to teach English as a second language abroad.
Europe 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. EuropeTEFL is a private (TESOL training) school 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. EuropeTEFL 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 email@example.com
Association of International Development and Exchange (AIDE) - A spinoff of Alliance Abroad Group, this Austin-based organization draws on more than 16 years’ experience organizing work, teaching, interning and volunteering abroad opportunities.
CIEE.org - Teach abroad in Chile, China, Spain, Dominican Republic, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand
Cultural Embrace - 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.
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.
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.
TeacherKick.com - Great resource for teachers looking to move to Latin America
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.
Interaction.org - American Council for Voluntary International Action’s job posting website offers several key resources which are useful to people seeking paid or volunteer positions — in the US and abroad — with international relief and development agencies. Many resources available for a fee only.
International Job Centers - Over a million jobs listings for positions in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, Middle Eastern countries, Great Britain and Mexico.
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.
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/>
Jobs in Australia
MyCareer.com - Australian employment listings
AustraLearn - Academic and cultural opportunities, including internships in Australia and New Zealand.
Indeed.com Australia - One search. All jobs.
Jobs in Canada
Canadajobs.com - Links to job databases, government job banks, newsgroups, employment agencies, and companies that have Canadian job listings on their homepages.
Indeed.com Canada - One search. All jobs.
Jobs in Europe
Agency-Seeker.co.uk - A comprehensive selection of recruitment agencies in the UK, categorized by industry sector.
Careers-Seeker.co.uk - Job postings for the UK, as well as great advice on CV writing, salary help and more.
My job group.co.uk- Operates over 90 local jobsites throughout the UK helping people looking to move into the UK (and local jobseekers) to find jobs in the region they are looking for work.
Financial Times (Europe) - Gives financial and career information for European countries.
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.
Jobs.com (powered by Monster) - European job search
TopJobs - A detailed and efficiently laid out website of worldwide job offerings for Europe.
EuroPages - Search engine with a multi-country capacity with multi-language queries.
European Information Portal, MONETOS - Independent information and research on the European Union; offers helpful articles about life in the EU, such as opening a bank account, renting a house, visiting the doctor and cost of living calculators.
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.
TeackerKick.com - Great resource for ESL and other teaching positions in Latin America
Association of International Development and Exchange (AIDE) - Opportunities to volunteer individually or in groups in Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, Guatemala, Peru and South Africa. Austin-based AIDE staff members pride themselves on the personal support offered to all of our volunteers.
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.
Cultural Embrace - 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.
Global Vision International - GVI, an international volunteer and internship organization which works in partnership with some of the world’s leading organizations in the fields of conservation and sustainable development, offers volunteer work, internships and career opportunities with GVI in over 20 countries. Great resource for students and graduates looking for working holidays, field experience or careers overseas.
Global Volunteer Network - A non profit organization which places people in community projects in China, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, Romania, Russia, Thailand, and Uganda. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational, environmental and community aid programs. Examples of the exciting and rewarding activities available to volunteers include teaching English, environmental work, health and sanitation, and cultural home stays.
InfoNepal.org - Inside Nepal Friendship Organization places volunteers in projects including teaching English, providing elementary health care education, and raising awareness about environmental issues for periods of two weeks to five months.
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 (formerly Students Partnership Worldwide) - 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.