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Best International Teaching Programs and Organizations

Teachers with K-12 certification have a wide range of options for teaching abroad in international schools. The types of international schools can be viewed in terms of the amount of integration into the host culture that the teacher is likely to experience. The following are listed in an order that proceeds from culturally less-integrated to more-integrated settings. William Nolting
The International Educator (TIE)
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The International Educator (TIE) is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to serving International Schools all over the world by helping them find qualified teachers. TIE links thousands of English-speaking teachers to worldwide opportunities in over 400 American Overseas and International Schools around the world. TIE does this through a comprehensive online service and a newspaper issued 5 times throughout the year.

Salaries and savings opportunities vary, but most schools provide travel, rental and health care benefits. Please visit our website to explore these opportunities.

Teaching K-12

Department of Defense Schools

Located at military bases in countries around the world, DOD schools employ around many U.S. citizens. The teaching environment is roughly similar to that of U.S. public schools. Contact with host-country nationals is relatively limited.

Private International Schools

The U.S. Dept. of State: Teaching Overseas offers a list of websites offering teaching jobs overseas.

Volunteer Organizations

Despite the name, most volunteer placements, if long-term (two years), usually cover expenses and provide a stipend. Options range from the government-sponsored Peace Corps to religious organizations (from non-proselytizing to traditional missionaries).

Unlike private schools, pupils in these schools will be the children of ordinary people from the host country. Visit the Peace Corps website. Contact religious organizations directly; some recruit at the teaching abroad fairs already mentioned.

Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program (K-12)

This program is unique in two respects: it is a one-for-one exchange of teachers between schools, and teachers are fully integrated into regular host-country schools. Applicants must currently have a full-time teaching or administrative position. Application deadline is in October for the following academic year. Contact the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program.

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University Teaching

Nearly all university positions require a Ph.D. (or at least “ABD”) or other terminal professional degree.

Teaching for Study Abroad Programs

This is generally a tough market since U.S.-sponsored programs tend to use home-campus faculty or hire local professors. One organization sometimes hires resident directors and also publishes resource lists on teaching and internship opportunities abroad: School for International Training..


Information on Fulbright grants to support an academic year of teaching in an overseas university is available from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). Grants also available for international education administrators.

Special Placement Programs

Colorado China Council. Graduates and others from the U.S. are placed as teachers at institutes throughout China, including Mongolia, for six or 11 months. Administrative fee for recent graduates. CCC offers placements in universities in the People’s Republic of China, especially in English, TESL, journalism, business, sciences, and engineering.

Regular Faculty Positions

See such standard academic job listings as those in the Chronicle of Higher Education or the Guardian (U.K.).


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