Who says studying abroad is only for college kids? Sure, the typical picture of studying abroad is students in their undergrad trying to eat up some credits while getting a cultural fix. But we think that role needs to be redefined. Whatever travel means to you, we can all agree that when you travel, you are constantly learning about and experiencing new cultures, thus studying abroad! We’ve put together a few ways that you can take full learning advantage while you’re abroad.
First on our list is taking on an internship program in the country (or countries) of your choice. This might not be the best option for everybody, but it’s a great way to continue developing your career (especially if you are still green in your industry) all while traveling the world. You’ll be able to work alongside experts in your chosen field, immerse yourself in another culture, make a load of new friends and create professional relationships internationally. Then, return home when you're ready to kick-start your career – that is, if you decide to go home! We love to use GoAbroad.com to find the perfect internship overseas!
Many people think that you have to choose between work and travel, but you actually don’t. There are countless programs that offer work abroad. The process of applying for work visas may be a daunting thought, but it is actually quite easy and there are plenty of websites like TransitionsAbroad.com to walk you through the process step-by-step. Become an au pair abroad for a summer, work for a hostel in your favorite city, try a workaway placement program in a country you barely know about! The options are endless and so are the opportunities for discovery!
Adult Study Abroad Programs
Our next way to study abroad is... to actually study abroad - as an adult. You don’t need to be enrolled in a university to get your hands on classes overseas! A quick google search and you’ll find programs that offer classes in virtually every country. This way you can broaden your horizons by learning a subject you’re passionate about while satisfying your passion for travel! Sites like GoAbroad.com offer programs in countless countries to fit exactly what you are looking for.
Teach English Anywhere in the World
The most versatile option for studying abroad as an adult is teaching english from anywhere in the world! Otherwise known as TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), its one of the fastest growing educational fields in the world, presenting thousands of incredible professional opportunities in all corners of the globe to native and fluent English speakers. There are a few qualifications you must meet to be able to get your hands on this type of program but it is one of the more rewarding options on this list.
Last on the list is to go on a backpacking trip! Whether you choose to take your friends along with you or head out solo, backpacking trips are one of the best ways to absorb multiple cultures in an organic way. Hostels make accommodations affordable and, for the most part, aren’t as scary as you might assume. Spend several days exploring one incredible city after the next and then hop on a train to continue your adventures abroad!