Work Abroad

Finding work abroad and living within other cultures is a great way to broaden your horizons, give you confidence, and an opportunity for cultural immersion. Discover a new adventure while working abroad.

A work abroad experience is not for academic credit and you will not be eligible for financial aid. These opportunities are often more of an independent experience than a study abroad program or international internship.

Visas and Work Permits

All countries (including the US) require special permission called visas, for nonresidents to either work or reside there for longer periods of time. Students tend to be granted visas relatively easily and sometimes short-term tourists don’t even need a visa. Work visas are normally available only through application by an employer who has offered you a job. The employer must prove that you have unique skills and abilities not possessed by local citizens.

You must carefully research the conditions and circumstances regarding work for American students in each country you are considering.

Work abroad can be combined with study (before, during or after), helping you to recover some of the cost and gain experience in a different environment from academia. For more information on study abroad opportunities, contact the International Programs office located in the International Center.

Short-Term Work Abroad

The British Universities North America Club (BUNAC)
BUNAC can get you a work permit--otherwise virtually impossible for Americans to obtain--for Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, and New Zealand. In addition Britain now has an Intern in Britain program.

CEI - Centre d'Echanges Internationaux
Internships or short-term work in France.

Work and Travel Ireland
Short-term work in Ireland

These programs are a good option if you want the flexibility of working in any field and if you are prepared to find a job and housing on your own. Obtaining a work visa through one of these organizations allows you to apply for any job you want to.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Dave's ESL Café
This site has a staggering amount of well-organized information about teaching English as a foreign or second language, abroad or in the U.S., as well as job databases.

Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)
Places successful candidates in host institutions to assist in international exchange and foreign language education in local governments, boards of education and junior and senior high schools throughout Japan.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
Teach Abroad is the directory for TEFL Certification Programs and teaching positions around the world.


IE3 Global Internships
International Internships arranged through UM’s Internship Services.

Intern Abroad
A directory of arranged internship opportunities by country.

International Cooperative Education Program
Program provides mostly paid summer internships in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Japan, China or South America for students and recent graduates who have studied the appropriate language: German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese or Japanese.

Volunteer Abroad

Go Volunteer Abroad
A directory of international volunteer programs.

Volunteer Abroad

A directory for international volunteer programs. Search through thousands of volunteer programs around the world.

Nonprofit Organizations
Non-profit jobs and volunteer positions by country and area of focus.

Peace Corps
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship. Peace Corps Volunteers serve in 74 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Visit with UM's Peace Corps Representative.

The University of Montana Peace Corps Representative
Schedule an appointment by calling 243-2022

General Information

A very comprehensive and up-to-date web site with an excellent search engine. Most listings give extensive information. Search by country or subject.

Transitions Abroad
An on-line magazine with an unparalleled wealth of in-depth information, including first-hand reports, annotated guides to resources, and listings of programs. Try searching by country, region, and/or other topics.
Expatriate website directory by country.

This non-profit organization offers a variety of placements for students and non-students. Opportunities include: Work Abroad in Australia, New Zealand and Norway. English Teaching in Spain. Internships in Belgium, Costa Rica, Great Britain and France. Au Pair (child care) placements in France, Germany, Spain, and The Netherlands. Volunteering in Costa Rica, Peru and South Africa.

University of Michigan International Center
Provides comprehensive information, resources and additional websites for work abroad, study abroad, teaching abroad and volunteer abroad.

For International Salary click the International Salary Calculator link

Link To VirtualTourist for a Map of the World and Country Information

For Currency Conversion visit

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