What do you do after Study Abroad? Work Abroad?

So you spent a semester studying abroad in Japan your Junior year and you loved it.  To continue your international aspirations, you convinced yourself that you really wanted to study abroad in London for the spring semester.  Frankly, England really got you going and you wanted nothing more than to find a job and stay there.  But bad news, you’re not even done

Yes! But now what?

Yes, Study Abroad! But what about after?

with college, so you have no choice but to return to the US for your senior year.  One senior thesis, eight classes, and a diploma later, you’re dying to go back to London but the tedium of your immigration status has left you in a state of depression while the prospect of returning looks bleaker and bleaker.

While I personally didn’t have the wanderlust of the tale above, nor a desire to permanently abandon the US ship, I did entertain the notion of working abroad before I started working for GulliverGo.  This is when my story and the fictional story met a crossroads.  How do I get there?  I’m recently out of college and I’m ready to go, but where do I start looking?  Unlike searching for study abroad programs, finding work abroad companies and programs is less centralized. You can’t just walk into a university’s international education office and have immediate access.  There aren’t individuals nearby who can give you feedback on programs and providers.  A bit more effort is in order.

While perusing for myself, I found a few cool sites and programs that sparked my interested.  While not a comprehensive list, it might point you in a good starting direction and give you an idea of what you want (or don’t want).  Take a look:

Princeton in Asia – A few people I know used this program to find positions in Asia.  Some positions involve teaching English, but there are others in journalism, international development, and business as well.

Yale-China Association – I also know a few participants in Yale-China programs.  These programs are mostly service oriented and all are located (as you can tell from the name) in China.

British Universities North America Club – This organization provides participants with the opportunity to live, work and travel overseas for 6 months.

11 Responses to “What do you do after Study Abroad? Work Abroad?”


  1. 1 Lauren February 25, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    The Japanese government-run JET Program is another excellent option if you’re up for teaching English to legions of amazing (mostly) junior high (mostly) kids/teenagers in Japanese public schools. I did this for a year and had an amazing time. You’re paid pretty well for a recent college grad (Back when I was there it was about $40,000 per year, free r/t airfare, and a very cheap or free apartment.) Oh, and no prior experience teaching or knowledge of Japanese is required!

    Check out the website: http://www.jetprogramme.org

  2. 2 Overseas Careers May 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    When you have a degree attained overseas, you will always have that certain advantage in job hunting. Especially if you decide to work in the host country where you also finished your education. This education bears a certain amount of weight on your resume.

  3. 3 Behe July 8, 2009 at 10:47 am

    There are also opportunities to take a combined TEFL course and then go on a few months’ teaching internship abroad. All organised for you, accommodation and transfers included in the price etc And you get paid to do it to! one that I particularly like the sound of can be found here:

    http://www.onlinetefl.com/teflchina

  4. 4 University Transfer July 17, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Good and informative thought of experience……….

  5. 5 Carl Madison December 9, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Remember too that if you choose a country that doesn\’t speak English to begin taking courses about 6 months prior so you have at least a basic knowledge of it.

  6. 6 jamesyin December 10, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Awesome point. Though some programs (including Jet) say foreign language isn’t required, it’s definitely much easier to have some basics down before you go. Knowing foods and how to order, asking for and understand directions, and speaking basic phrases are all important.

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