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Go Abroad Again
Now that you're back in North America, chances are pretty good that you're itching to get traveling again. From teaching English in Japan to volunteering in Africa, your opportunities are truly endless! For more information, express interest to a study abroad adviser upon your return. Listed here are a few ways to continue your journey:
Study Abroad in a Different County
For many, studying abroad is addictive and one country just isn't enough. More and more students are extending their time abroad by studying abroad in multiple countries. For example, if you have just spent a semester in Australia, you could spend a summer abroad in Scotland next year. Or if you studied for a summer in Prague, maybe you're ready to go abroad for a full semester or year in Thailand. Whatever your ideal combination, we are excited to help you make it happen.
Graduate School Abroad
After going abroad, most students never view their education the same way again. Such a powerful experience often influences further educational endeavors, including the decision to pursue higher degrees. Did you know you can earn your full degree from another country? Earning a degree abroad is growing in popularity every year as students and academic professionals alike continue to realize the power of international study and research.
Study abroad returnees who are seeking to gain more knowledge in their area of study benefit from hands-on experience through international internships. These internship experiences can either be unpaid or include a stipend for living expenses. Working internationally will further increase your exposure to worldwide experiences and help you gain knowledge of your intended career or field of study. An unrivaled way to diversify your work experience, an internship will always look great on your resume.
Restoration projects, literacy campaigns, and teaching English are just a few examples of the many different volunteer programs abroad. Some programs charge a fee and provide services such as insurance coverage, meals and even housing. Some provide free room and board in exchange for your work, and others pay a small stipend. Volunteer work opportunities may range from a few weeks in length to two or three years in duration.
There are many opportunities to teach abroad through established programs. Most programs prefer a commitment of one academic year, though some offer summer or semester possibilities. In general, a bachelor’s degree is required while often some programs may also require U.S. or Canadian teaching certification. Volunteer and paid teaching opportunities can be found throughout the world.
Around the World Travel
A long-term, around-the-world travel journey is the ultimate independent abroad experience. Maybe backpacking through Southeast Asia or mainland Europe is on your list. Around the world plane tickets and EuroPasses can be purchased at student-oriented travel agencies, such as STA Travel. There are numerous online resources and blogs to help you plan your adventure and stay connected to friends and family along the way.
Live and work in another country. Working abroad is a fantastic and smart way to see the destinations you want, keep the money flowing and have a lot of fun! The UTSA Career Center can help you get started in your international job search.
General Short-term Work Abroad
Short-term work abroad -- less than one year; typically a summer -- usually involves working in an unskilled job, where you can earn enough to cover your food, lodging and day-to-day living expenses. This type of job probably will not pay enough to cover air transportation, but it may help provide some extra money after you leave your job. Short-term work experiences include positions such as au pairs, farm workers, administrative assistants, waitpersons, and youth camp leaders.
General Long-term Work Abroad
Long-term work abroad opportunities can be very career-focused opportunities. Usually obtaining a longer term work visa requires sponsorship by an employer. For more information on obtaining work visas, visit the immigration website of the country in which you would like to work.