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Career Services: Education Handbook - International Teaching Options

There are many opportunities for students to teach abroad in many different areas, so researching to find the right fit for you is very important. Use the links/guides below to help you find the best international teaching position!


How to prepare to teach abroad at U.Va.:

Gain Experience / Study Abroad

Volunteer to work with International Students

Do some basic research involving your foreign country of interest; International Center Library, UCS Library. Figure out what area you would like to pursue, and research carefully the requirements. Each situation is different!

U.Va. International A collected of more international resources at U.Va.

University Career Assistance Network U.Va. students can check the network to discover Alumni overseas by Country. Also check the U.Va. Alumni Club for overseas contacts.


Other resources to prepare to teach abroad:

Look over this checklist to help decide what situation you are looking for. This is intended to be used at a job fair, but also is a great resource as you gather information.

Check out this FAQ prepared by a teacher with 20 years international teaching experience.

Networking - Use keywords such as ESL/ TOEFL to find online communities discussing how to find or how to do the job.

Find a Job through U.Va.:


Here are some resources you can take advantage of at U.Va.:

MyUCS Create an account (if UVA student or alumnus), go to The International Education (TIE Online), Graduate Jobs International Listing or Going Global job listings, e-mail Nicole Schwab at for the International Employment Bulletin.

U.Va.'s UK Fellowship An Opportunity for U.Va. 4th year/Graduating students to teach in a UK Boarding School.

Fulbright Teaching Fellowships


Areas of International Teaching:

There are three basic areas to consider. Most schools look for certified teachers who hold teaching degrees. There are also opportunities for uncertified and short term work if you want to spend summer or another amount of time working overseas.

Certified Teachers

Uncertified Teachers

Short Term work abroad

Other Resources to Search for a Job:


Here are some other links to help you with your search for a teaching position.


Riley Guide International Job Listing Search

Peace Corps Volunteer to teach abroad (might include stipend)

Teaching English Through U.S. Information Agency and State Department office of English Language Programs

TESOL Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages has a good listing of jobs for members

Department of Defense Offers jobs nationally and internationally for qualified teachers


International Job Fairs:

Attending an International Job Fair is a great way to gain exposure to many opportunities at once.

Other Links/ Resources:


Here are some more international teaching resources.

University of Michigan Work Abroad Site Great resource with lots of information. Many links will point to specific sections of their site.

Transitions Abroad - links to both short term and long term opportunities in multiple fields.

Dave's ESL Cafe An online resource/community of ESL teachers and students.

K12 Teach Overseas Information put together by a teacher that has taught 20 years abroad. More information on working Abroad.

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