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After Drake

Living or traveling abroad isn't limited to your time at Drake. Once you graduate, there are just as many opportunities to see the world and do something meaningful. 

Teaching Abroad 

Your students will range from Japanese government officials to Chilean high-schoolers and anything in between. For the English teaching programs, students in any major can apply provided you have native level English fluency. Subject specific programs such as the Peace Corps usually require experience or a degree in the subject you wish to teach.

  • Teach in China is a Drake-sponsored program that allows graduates to work at one of our 10 Chinese partner schools. The program includes orientation, ESL techniques, and Chinese language instruction. You will also get a salary, travel allowance, housing, and insurance.
  • The Fulbright program is a great option for teaching or doing research abroad. Contact Dr. Karen Leroux in the History Department for more information. Also, see the bottom of the page for more details about timeframe and deadlines.
  • The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program is administered by the Japanese government and gives American college graduates the opportunity to go to Japan on a teaching exchange. During the exchange you may work as either an Assistant Language Teacher, or Coordinator of International Relations. No Japanese ability is required for the teaching. The coordinator position, however requires advanced Japanese skills. Participants are are provided airfare, insurance, and a salary of ¥3,360,000. Any major can apply and no teaching experience is necessary.
  • Almost every aspect of the Peace Corps involves teaching. Some are dedicated school teaching assignments such as math, science, or English teaching, while others involve more grassroots education such as teaching HIV/AIDS, environment, agriculture, or information technology to the community

Scholarship Abroad

There are a number of scholarships that can assist with paying for graduate studies, teaching, and/or research abroad. These are typically awarded to academically distinguished individuals who are U.S. citizens. Professor Karen Leroux is Drake's contact for these programs. Here are details about the available scholarships, timeframes, and deadlines for those programs:

 

Begin application and meet with Professor Leroux in

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Campus deadlines

Fulbright U.S. Student Scholarship

Spring semester of junior year

Summer between junior & senior year

Usually 2nd week of September for campus interviews

Rhodes Scholarship

Spring semester of junior year

Summer between junior & senior year

Usually 1st week of September for institutional endorsement

Marshall Scholarship

Spring semester of junior year

Summer between junior & senior year

Usually 1st week of September for institutional endorsement

Mitchell Scholarship

Spring semester of junior year

Summer between junior & senior year

Usually 1st week of September for institutional endorsement

Truman Scholarship

Fall semester of junior year

Fall semester of junior year

Usually 1st day of spring semester for institutional endorsement


Working Abroad

Work opportunties can range from hospitality services in New Zealand to business development in Brazil.  The organizations listed below provide assistance in locating an international job, and acquiring a visa. 

  • Improve your resume and get interview tips from Drake Professional & Career Development Services. Set up an appointment or attend a re-entry work shop to see what resources are available for you to make the most out of your experience or go abroad again!
  • The Peace Corps is a very unique program funded by the US government to promote cross cultural understanding. American citizens are invited to a foreign country to work in anything from education, information technology, agriculture, or business. You are compensated at the local level during your assignment, and you get a re-adjustment bonus upon your return to the States.
  • BUNAC offers several options for students wanting to work abroad. These are usually short term or summer programs, great for students who want a short jaunt abroad.
  • Another source for searching for jobs abroad is: MyWorldAbroad.  Drake students can register for free! MyWorldAbroad is an extensive resource for those seeking to maximize the career value of their time abroad.  It is packed with 4,000 searchable resources, 300 expert articles and inspiring student stories. 

Volunteering Abroad

Get that warm feeling from volunteering your time and effort, but with the benefit of experiencing cultures around the world! Assignments range from 1 to 15 weeks and the nature of the assignment can be anything from coaching to women's empowerment to environmental tourism.

Learning Abroad

Consider earning your graduate degree, or furthering your professional studies overseas! 

  • Start by researching determining which universities overseas would be a good fit for your academic, personal, and professional goals.  You can also reference this article for a number of things to consider when narrowing down the list of international schools, or this website to review 2018 rankings of domestic and international universities. University ranking should just be one consideration, along with the language of course instruction, the cost of the program, and evaluating the location abroad to see if it could be a good personal fit and offer professional connections.
  • There are several organizations that assist students with finding postgraduate study opportunties in Europe: