As with any job search, consider that it can take time, energy, and perseverance to research and find international work. Three key considerations to keep in mind as you begin your search, as outlined by Amanda McFadden, Career Advisor at the UI Pomerantz Career Center, include:
- Know the requirements for visa and work permits. These requirements differ from country to country, and obtaining a visa or work permit can be a lengthy process. Electronic Embassy and Overseas Jobs have links for foreign embassies’ websites, where a country’s visa and work permit requirements are usually listed.
- Know how the job search differs abroad. Job search etiquette and the format of a resume, a CV, or an interview differ depending on the country and region. See Going Global or QuintCareers Global Career Resources for helpful articles on these topics.
- Know where to find opportunities. Ask friends, family, colleagues, past employers… use your network of resources. The list of international job search websites included here is not comprehensive, but will give you a good start.
Work Abroad Resource List
All Cruise Jobs: Search engine and reviews for cruise ship employment.
GoAbroad.com: Search engine for jobs worldwide.
Going Global: Provides global career information and resources *UI campus users can create a free account
Go Overseas Au Pair: Search engine and reviews for au pair positions worldwide.
HireaHawk: Find jobs around the world posted just for Hawkeyes!
Idealist: Seach engine for jobs worldwide.
Monster (International): Search engine for jobs worldwide
WorkAway: Work in exchange for food and accommodations worldwide.
Some teaching abroad positions require or recommend a TEFL certification. Even if your program doesn’t require one, it is a good idea to gain experience working with non-English speakers. One great way to gain this experience is through the Campus Conversation Partner Program. TEFL certification can be earned in person or online, the University of Iowa and many community colleges offer certification or you can get certified through a placement program like International TEFL Academy
Teaching Abroad Resources
- Country Comparison Chart- Compare the most popular countries for teaching English abroad at a glance in Europe, Asia, Latin America & the Middle East. Click on each country link to learn more about that job market.
- Live Webcast on Teaching Abroad- Join expert advisors for an interactive presentation about all aspects of teaching abroad, including job markets, TEFL classes, job placement assistance & more.
- Financial Guide to Teaching English Abroad - 7 Articles that Will Help You Navigate the Finances of Teaching English Abroad
- eBook: The ABC's of TEFL Certification and Teaching English Abroad- All the basic info you need to know about TEFL Certification and how you can receive the training & job placement assistance you need to teach English abroad.
Teach Abroad Opportunities
CIEE Teach English Abroad: CIEE offers teaching positions with programs in Chile, China, Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, and Thailand.
Cultural Ambassadors; North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain (Spanish Government): English teaching assistantships throughout Spain.
Foreign Language Assistants in France (French Government): English teaching assistantships throughout France.
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship: Offers a classroom placement to help teach English while serving as a cultural ambassador for U.S. culture. UI offers Fulbright application assistance; please contact Karen Wachsmuth at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 319.335.1436.
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET): Assist with international exchange and language education in local governments and schools throughout Japan.
National Volunteer Center (Chilean Government): Teach English in independent classes under the supervision of a Chilean head teacher in public schools.
SIT TESOL Certification: 4 week intensive 130-hour certification course in TESOL offered in various locations around the world from North Hampton, MA to Bangkok, Quito, Brisbane and beyond.
Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK): Teach English to elementary students after school. Salaried position, flight and accommodations paid.
United States Government/Non-profit Work Abroad
Ambassador Ronald K. McMullen, a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, has over 30 years of diplomatic experience and has lived, worked, or traveled in 91 countires. He has provided the following handouts to help students interested in working for the United States Government or Non-profits abroad.
To read more about Ambassador McMullen's experiences, please see UI Visiting Professor, Former U.S. Ambassador Reflect on Time Away and Ambassador Comes Home.
Graduate School Abroad
Going to graduate school and living abroad are both exceptionally transformative experiences. There are many benefits of pursuing a graduate degree abroad as well as challenges, but remember the focus should be on the merits of the specific degree rather than the excitement of going abroad. When you can combine the two experiences in a way that matches your career, educational, and life goals, you have found a good balance.
Go Abroad: search engine for graduate opportunities abroad
Instituto Franklin Teach and Learn in Spain Study Program: 1 year Masters program in education or teaching with an internship as a language assistant in Madrid
IPSL: Graduate program in International Development and Service offered through Concordia University or the College of Mount Saint Vincent's. 1 year domestic work coupled with 1 year of international service and research. Program culminates with a thesis or project.
SACI: 2 year Master of Fine Arts program, Studio Art Painting or Drawing.