Office of International Programs

Overseas Experiences for Graduates

Have you been bitten by the travel bug and are eager to return overseas? Perhaps you're graduating and regretted that you didn't study abroad. Whatever your reason, there are many opportunities to live or travel abroad after graduation. 

  • Work or Teach English Abroad
    • Consider one of USM's Certificate Programs in Teaching English as a Second Language before teaching abroad.
    • The Fulbright Program offers paid English teaching positions around the world. The application process is competitive and students need to work with the Office of Interational Programs at least two months in advance of the campus application deadline.
    • CIEE's Teach Abroad program offers college graduates paid English teaching positions in Asia, Latin America and Spain.
    • The JET Programme is sponsored by the Japanese government and provides paid English teaching postions in Japan for one to two years.
    • The Teach and Learn in Korean (TaLK) program funds 300 undergraduate students or recent graduates each semester to teach conversational English in rural Korean schools. The program is fully funded by the Korean government and even includes roundtrip airfare! 
    • BUNAC provides temporary work permits for Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, France, and Canada. Their services also include guidance on securing a job and housing. Jobs are typically in the service sector.  
    • AIESEC is an organization that partners with global businesses to place students and recent graduates with international internships. 
    • Transitions Abroad is a good resource for links on international internship opportunities. 
    • Intern Abroad has a searchable database of internships overseas.
  • Study or Complete Research Abroad
    • Complete your graduate degree at a university overseas.
      • In many countries, a graduate degree is completed in one calendar year.
      • Federal financial aid can be taken overseas provided the university is eligible to participate in the Federal Student Aid Program. Over 500 foreign universities are eligible.
      • Go online to find graduate degrees abroad and apply as an international student.
      • USM's exchange partner, Keele University in England, offers a 10% scholarship off of tuition to American students and USM graduates are eligible for an additional 15% off of tuition. If you studied abroad at Keele as an undergraduate student, you are eligible for a 50% scholarship.
      • Australearn, and CIS offer services to U.S. students seeking a graduate degree abroad. 
    • Study abroad as a graduate student!
    • The Fulbright Program offers paid research and study positions overseas for college graduates and students in graduate programs. The application process is competitive and students need to work with the Office of Interational Programs at least two months in advance of the campus application deadline. 
    • Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 in funding to add a language component to a graduate degree. 
    • Marshall Scholarships provide a full scholarship to select universities in the United Kingdom. Applicants must have a 3.7 GPA or higher and work with the Office of International Programs.

  • Volunteer
    • The Peace Corps is a U.S. government sponsored program that places U.S. citizens in two-year volunteer positions around the world and includes a stipend for living expenses.  
    • ISA's ELAP programs offer volunteer placements in Latin American England, and Spain in business, health, policy, social work, education, museums and conservation for periods of 2 to 16 weeks.
    • ProWorld offers volunteer placements in Latin American, Asia, and Africa in the fields of community development, health, environment, and education.
    • Go Abroad has a searchable database of overseas volunteer oportunities.
    • The International Volunteer Programs Association provides guidance on choosing a quality volunteer program.
  • Travel
    • Always consult the State Department Travel Website before traveling overseas for information on your destination including safety concerns, immigration requirements, and medical facilities.
    • Consult the CDC Travel Website for information on immunization recommendations and health alerts in your destination. 
    • Student Universe offers discounted flights and hotel rates to students and travelers under the age of 25.
    • STA Travel offers discounted flights and hotel rates to students, teachers, and travelers under the age of 25. 
    • iNext offers supplementary and comprehensive health insurance plans for travel abroad at affordable rates. 
    • Don't forget to get your rail pass before you leave home! Check out Rail Europe for more information.