Working Abroad

International Employment

  • Use reputable sources and job boards when seeking employment overseas. We have a list of several recommended websites on our Global Job Search Resources page.
  • Acquire a work permit or the appropriate visa. Without a permit or visa, you risk possible fines, deportation, low wages, exploitation, and lack of legal protection. 
  • For a minimal charge, some work exchange programs arrange work permits for participants prior to leaving the U.S. 
  • While some study-abroad or gap year participants arrange jobs prior to departure and target career-related fields, many find jobs after arriving overseas, often in service-related positions such as waiting tables, tending bar, caring for children, or doing seasonal farm work.
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International ESL Experience is a Great Advantage!

Teaching English Abroad

  • Often requires a bachelor's degree and being a native English speaker.
  • Formal ESL credentials are not always required, but can open doors to university jobs, higher salaries, and positions in tighter markets. 

Volunteer Abroad


There are many opportunities to volunteer abroad. Some opportunities pay expenses while others provide room and board or charge a fee to participate.



Peace Corps has thousands of volunteer job opportunities for America's graduates interested in public service.

There are three goals of the Peace Corps:

  1. To help the countries interested in meeting their need for trained people.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Peace Corps is 2 year-long service with 3 months of training upon arrival in the host country. Peace Corps provides volunteers with transportation to and from Host Country, host families, help finding an apartment, 3 months of intense language and program training, a monthly stipend, and a $10,000 readjustment (pre-tax) allowance when service ends.

UIUC is currently #7 amongst the Nation’s universities, with 2,124 volunteers having served since Peace Corps began.