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Opportunities After Graduation

The Office of International Programs and Services has not reviewed or partnered with any of the resources listed on this webpage. It is important to do thorough research into any program or opportunity you apply for. IPS also does not officially advise students on international experiences that will take place after you graduate from Millersville University. However, we encourage it! So if you are interested in extending your interest in all things international, we have provided a list to start your research.

 
The Peace Corps volunteer program allows you the chance to fully integrate into a host country community, where you will live and work on projects ranging from education to business development. Primary areas of interest to the program are education, Agriculture, Community Development, Health, etc. This is also a great program and resume booster for those seeking to work in the government in the future!

www.peacecorps.gov/ 
Work Abroad programs can be great as resume boosters or just as a way to put your foot in the door in a particular industry.  It’s also a great way to earn money and gain global skills while traveling. There are various options from teaching English listed separately above, to Child Care/Au Pair, Science and Healthcare, Hospitality, etc.

Job Boards:
jobs.goabroad.com/
www.usajobs.gov/ 
InterExchange has information on Au Pair programs, language exchanges and internships https://www.interexchange.org/working-abroad/
My World Abroad is a site that contains information about interning and working abroad. http://myworldabroad.com/

Volunteer Abroad:
www.cusointernational.org/
 
Teaching English overseas is great for both education and non-education majors. Many countries do not require you to have a degree in education, some only require a bachelor’s degree and a TOEFL certificate which you can earn online. You can teach in various types of schools including public, private, religious, private after-school academies, and even businesses! You can check out a very small sampling of programs and jobs in the links below.

Resources:
www.ciee.org/teach/
www.teachaway.com/
www.goabroad.com/teach-abroad
International Schools Services https://www.iss.edu/Career-Services
The International Educator https://www.tieonline.com/

Job Boards:
careers.tesol.org/jobs
www.eslcafe.com/
www.tefl.com/ 

Teaching Assistance Program (France)
The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,100 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French such as Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion.
http://frenchhighereducation.org/teaching-assistant-program

EPIK Program (South Korea)
The EPIK Program is an employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work throughout South Korea in public schools. EPIK participants are English teachers and have a minimum contract length of one year. Participants receive a salary, pension, settlement fee, free housing, and insurance. To review benefits and working conditions review the following website. 
http://www.epik.go.kr/index.do

JET Program (Japan)
The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. JET Program participants are not only teachers and public servants–they are cultural ambassadors of the United States to Japan, and only the best candidates are chosen to represent America. Most participants serve as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and work in public and private schools throughout Japan
https://jetprogramusa.org/

Fulbright U.S Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural
exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.
https://us.fulbrightonline.org/fulbright-us-student-program
Many of MU’s past study abroad participants travel back overseas to gain Master’s degrees. Students have gone back to their exchange universities, Philipps-Universität Marburg as well as Queen’s University Belfast!
 
Some European universities charge little to no tuition for studies regardless of nationality. While others can be similar costs to U.S. education. Just remember that not all international universities are recognized by US federal loans providers, and will not pay for you to get a degree abroad. You can check the https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/international website to see a current list of approved universities.

What is the difference between schools that are listed as “eligible” and schools that are listed as “deferment only”
Eligible means that U.S. students may borrow money through the U.S. federal student aid programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) while enrolled in an eligible program at an eligible foreign university or college. “Deferment Only” means that U.S. students may defer making payments on existing federal student loan accounts while enrolled in an eligible program at a deferment only foreign university or college, but may not take out federal student loans for enrollment at the deferment-only foreign university or college. 

Will my degree be recognized?
Generally yes, as universities on the above list must be accredited. However, for some professions like education, law or medical professions, it may not be the best option as certifications are administered locally. 

Queens University Belfast: (eligible)
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Philipps-Universität Marburg (deferment only)
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Search Portals:
www.findamasters.com/
www.internationalgraduate.net/
www.gradschools.com/
www.findamasters.com/study-abroad/
www.mastersportal.eu/ 
The Office of International Programs and Services will occasionally promotes international faculty-led programs to Millersville alumni and community members. These programs called MAPS: Marauders Abroad Programs, are offered based on faculty interest. Some programs are service learning while others may be cultural experiences. Contact the faculty Program Leader if you are interested in participating. 

Current MAPS offerings and Program Leader information can be found here