Post-Graduation-Study Abroad - Carnegie Mellon University


Once students return from an experience studying, working or doing research abroad, they often look for opportunities to return overseas. There are many opportunities for recent graduates to go abroad again to work and study. Graduates can seek out scholarships and fellowships that focus on an international experience, such as the Fulbright, volunteer opportunities such as Peace Corps, or employment abroad.

It is a good idea to start to explore these options during the junior year because many of the applications are due during the senior year.

The Fellowships and Scholarships Office (FSO) offers advising to Carnegie Mellon students and alumna on many prestigious scholarships that aim to send post-graduates abroad, most notably the Fulbright. Fulbright is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

The Peace Corps offers a 2-year volunteer opportunity in development in many different countries around the world. Peace Corps volunteers work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.

Whether for short term employment or for students seeking to establish a career abroad there are a variety of opportunities to work abroad.

Skills gained from work abroad include:

  • International contacts in professional fields
  • Foreign language skills
  • Marketability
  • New skills and technologies
  • Personal and intellectual growth
  • Cross cultural skills and understanding

There are many opportunities to work abroad ranging from short term work abroad such as teaching abroad through programs such as The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) or volunteering through a variety of organizations. Students seeking longer term work abroad or seeking to move permanently overseas must conduct a comprehensive job search. Often is it easier for US citizens to find employment with a US company that has branches abroad. It is always important to be informed of all of the immigration issues when committing to work in another country.

A good resource for all types of work abroad is the book, Work Abroad: A Complete Guide to Finding a Job Overseas published by Transitions Abroad ( This book is available in the Carnegie Mellon Career Services and online at the site listed above.