Your International Future
With the energy and excitement you gained from study abroad, you might be thinking more about your direction in school and your life goals.
- Think about all of your plans for the future. How has your new perspective changed what you might want to do or where you want to do it?
- ….but don’t be hasty. Take a few months to consider your options and to feel settled at home again before you change your major or finalize other significant plans. What seems like a great idea initially might not be your final decision in the long run.
- Think long-term. What careers seem to fit well with your skills and interests? Internships and volunteering can give valuable insight into what a career would really be like.
Attending Graduate SchoolIn the U.S.
If you are planning to attend graduate school after you finish your undergraduate degree, you will likely need to request additional transcript copies from your school abroad. To do so, visit the school's website and follow their stated procedure for requesting a transcript. You can order the transcript(s) be sent to yourself or to the school directly but if you send it to yourself be careful not to open the envelope containing the transcript as this will make the transcript no longer an official transcript.
Tip: When ordering a transcript internationally, you might want to order an extra or two to keep on hand in case you need them in the future!
- The Expert Guide to Graduate School Abroad - Explore International Programs, Find Funding Options and Key Insights
- Graduate School Abroad - by StudyAbroad.com
Work InternationallyThere are many ways to look at working internationally. Are you hoping to live internationally for the long-term, to work abroad for a while and then return to the US, or looking for ways to internationally engaged from the US?
Planning Your Future
- CEA Career Center - Helpful information and resources
- Linking Undergraduate International Experiences to Your Future Careers (PPT) - Resources by the University of Minnesota
- US Foreign Service - An outline of opportunities to work abroad as a member of the US State Department Foreign Service
- Resources for Working Overseas - by the US Department of State
- When a Career Path Leads Abroad - by the New York Times
- Bison Explorers - The NDSU Alumni Association travel tours are open to alumni, family and friends.
- Graduate School and Interships through GlobaLinks (PDF) - An overview of opportunities available after graduation
- Peace Corps - Since 1960, 210,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.
- Cultural Embrace by API - Paid work opportunities around the world for recent graduates
- TeachAbroad.com - Search the directory of over 27,000 opportunities abroad updated daily
- Dave's ESL Cafe - Internet Meeting Place for ESL and EFL around the world
- JET Program - Teach English in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program
- Ohayo Sensei - Now in its 21st year of twice-monthly publication, the free electronic newsletter O-Hayo Sensei reports available English teaching (and other English language-related) positions at conversation schools, universities, jukus, colleges, public schools and companies all across Japan
- Endeavour Executive Awards for mid-career professionals - The Australian Government's internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe and Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia
- Scholarships are also available for graduate studies abroad
- Careers in International Education - Learn more about careers working with study abroad, by Oregon State University
- Tips for an Education Abroad Job Search - Tips from the University of Minnesota
- US Civil Service - An outline of opportunities to work in the US as a member of the US State Department Civil Service
Note: This page contains well-known resources for employment, but these links are not an endorsement by the Office of International Student and Study Abroad Services.