Graduates from Western Michigan University's global and international studies program are trained to think critically about the connections between global and local issues, gaining the interdisciplinary tools and perspectives to work toward solutions. Graduates may work in corporate, government, health care, education or nonprofit sectors.
Upon graduation, our majors may take the following next steps toward their career:
- Entry level positions in business, politics and government
- Graduate studies in many different fields including urban planning, development studies, and higher education administration
- Service work including Peace Corps and Teach for America
- Teaching English abroad
- Professional studies such as law, medical or culinary school
Western Michigan University's office of Career and Student Employment Services is your partner for career development, offering one-on-one help in exploring career options. They have twenty minute drop-in career advising available. It is a great first stop for global and international studies majors and minors. Whether you're just starting to think about which careers you're interested in or you're graduating and about to begin the job search, Career and Student Employment Services has the tools, tips and tricks you need to be successful.
The global and international studies program also offers advising related to careers. Whether you are a first-year student exploring the major, a junior searching for an internship or a recent graduate looking for opportunities, our office looks forward to working with you.
Do you plan to pursue a career in education? Are you studying a foreign language? Do you have a passion for helping others? Are you simply ready to live in another country? If you answered "yes" to any of the previous questions, teaching English abroad may be a good fit for your professional and personal goals.
GIST alumnus Ian Magnuson describes how he landed an English teaching assistantship in Germany with the Fulbright Program.
- Transitions Abroad, a web-based magazine with articles on the TEFL job market, especially the January/February issue.
- Dave’s ESL Café, run by Dave Sperling, this is an excellent website for EFL teachers.
- GoAbroad.com, directory for teaching positions around the world -- educational opportunities, paid and volunteer international teaching positions, searchable by country.
- Gooverseas.com, lists ELL/ESL teaching jobs and other resources.
- Tie online, lists hundreds of international teaching jobs.
- CELTA at Cambridge English, Cambridge offers a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages (CELTA)
- TEFL.com, specialist English language teaching career portal
- Search Associates, assists individuals to find jobs in hundreds of quality international schools
- NAFSA.org, world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange
- The TEFL Blacklist, blog allowing users to "blacklist" rogue employers
The most successful applicants to teach English abroad have a few of the following:
- Proficiency in the host country language – or any foreign language
- Experience living, traveling or studying abroad
- Volunteer with international students
- Classroom teaching experience
- TESOL, TEFL, CELTA, DELTA or related certification
Some of the programs offering opportunities to teach English abroad (WMU does not endorse particular programs):
- Fulbright English Teaching Fellowships (contact WMU representative Dr. Michelle Metro-Roland)
- Peace Corps
- Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET Programme)
- Westgate - Japan
- CIEE Teach in...Chile, Peru, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Spain, China, Vietnam, Korea or Thailand
- English Program in Korea (EPIK)
- Hess International Education Organization (Taiwan, Korea, Singapore and China)
- Princeton In Asia (Cambodia, China/Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam)
- Chilean Ministry of Education's "English Opens Doors" program
- Spanish Ministry of Education’s Auxiliares de Conversación Extranjeros en España
- World Teach
- English Language Fellows Program with the U.S. Department of State
- AEON Japan
- French Cultural Exchange through the French Ministry of Education –TAPIF
- Serendipity Russia Program
- Austrian-American Educational Commission