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Work Abroad

Working abroad can be a rewarding experience that will serve you well in any career. It is an excellent alternative to formal full-time study abroad for those seeking practical experience outside of the classroom.

However, getting a job abroad may be difficult because government regulations typically favor hiring locals before considering foreign nationals, particularly when unemployment is high.

The search for a job abroad is further complicated by the need for a work permit, a government's permission for a specific job during a fixed period of time. You or the prospective employer must petition a government for such working papers.

IU's Career Development Center has excellent Web and library resources.

Other opportunities include the following:
  • Internships. Opportunities include credit-bearing academic programs and non-credit placements.
  • Teaching Abroad. Many students teach English abroad either in language institutes, businesses or on a private tutorial basis.
  • Other Work Opportunities. If you want to think long-term, check out these Web sites and resources

Study abroad is like spring training for this century. It helps you develop the fundamentals, the teamwork, and the determination to succeed."

-Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State