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How to Live Abroad After College


college grad standing on European foot bridgeDid you study abroad during undergrad and now find yourself itching to go back? Have you always loved travel and dream of living abroad? Have you heard all your friends talk about the amazing experiences they had overseas and want to have some of your own?

Whether you’ve lived abroad before or have never set foot outside the US, if you’re interested in travel post-college, there are plenty of ways for you to do so and reap all the amazing benefits that come with international experience.

If you’re ready to explore the world and broaden your horizons, it’s time to check out these ways you can live abroad after college.

Go to Grad School Abroad

There’s a growing trend among American students looking to get a great education without breaking the bank and incurring thousands of dollars in debt. That trend? Earning a degree abroad!

Although most recent articles tend to highlight the benefits of earning your undergrad degree abroad, the same is true for graduate school. There are tons of great schools throughout the world that offer graduate programs in English (and often for a fraction of the price of US schools).

Not only does this allow you to earn your degree at a better price, it also allows you to fully immerse yourself in a foreign culture for 1-3 years depending on the program you select. Additionally, for certain programs, you may find the admission rates less competitive than in the US. A great example of this is medical schools in Eastern Europe.

Get the education you need for your career while enjoying the benefits of studying abroad. Just make sure the school you choose has an accredited graduate program and that you meet all the necessary requirements before applying.

Volunteer Abroad

Volunteering abroad offers a plethora of benefits. First and foremost, when you choose to volunteer abroad, your making the decision to put someone else’s needs before yours and helping to make the world community a better place.

Whether you want to teach English abroad, volunteer for an environmental conservation group, or work with local people on community development projects, you’ll be making a real difference and positively affecting people in the community.

Another great advantage to volunteering abroad is the opportunity to meet new people from around the world. Not only will you get to connect with locals and experience a new way of living, you’ll also interact with program leaders and fellow volunteers. The connections you make while volunteering can have a lasting impact on your life and future career.

There’s also something to be said for the job applicant who can list an international volunteer experience on their resume. It sets you apart from the pact by demonstrating flexibility, adaptability, and curiosity – three characteristics employers want to see when you’re applying for your first job after college.

P.S. Did we mention that certain volunteer abroad programs also offer loan forgiveness?

college grad walking down Asian city streetWork Abroad

If you’re ready to begin your career after college, but still want to experience more of what the world has to offer, you should consider working abroad. Not only will this allow you the opportunity to grow more as both an individual and employee, but you may also find it easier to secure a job overseas where the market is less saturated (of course this depends on both what line of work you are interested in as well as where you chose to live abroad).

As with volunteering abroad, you’ll also find that employers back home in the states are increasingly interested in applicants who have experience working abroad. In today’s global economy, the benefits of living abroad cannot be overstated.

When beginning your international job search, start by narrowing it down to the country and then the city you’re interested in working and living in for the next few years. Consider what kind of job you want, what languages you speak or are willing to learn, the cost of living, and the overall quality of life for any given locale.

You may also have to update your existing resume into a CV, so be sure you know the difference between the two.

You should also make sure the visa you have will allow you to work while you’re living abroad after graduating from college. Some types of visas have restrictions when it comes to making money, or they require you to already have a job lined up before you arrive, so double check the rules before you plan to go overseas for work.

 

If you’re a recent or soon-to-be college grad whose interested in living abroad, take the time to explore all your options and find the fit that’s best for you.



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