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Career Opportunities in Education


International education encompasses a wide range of careers including teaching, curriculum development , technical assistance, exchange, capacity building, training and the promotion of international understanding. International education professionals work in colleges, universities, governmental agencies, non-governmental/non-profit organizations, foundations, and private firms.

Career Paths

Career paths in the field of international education are varied. To advance, one might work in a progression of positions within a particular organization or switch to similar work in another organization. They might also broaden their experience by working in several functional areas within international education. People benefit from developing a diversity of experience, permitting not only flexibility in job possibilities, but also qualifying themselves for management positions involving a variety of functional areas.

For example, professionals might work within an international exchange organization assisting with the coordination of high school exchanges, then work at a college study abroad office and/or international student office, positioning themselves to perhaps oversee an International Center or Education Abroad Program.

Entry-level positions for those graduating with a master’s degree typically involve administrative and programming responsibilities. Job titles might include: program coordinator, educational assistant, foreign student advisor, study abroad advisor, international admissions officer, or international program exchange officer.

Qualifications Necessary to Enter the Field

Required qualifications vary depending on the particular position, but most may be expected to include some or all of the following:

  • Masters degree preferred in most cases, sometimes required
  • International study and/or work experience preferred (not just travel)
  • Experience with ethnically and culturally diverse populations
  • Proficiency in a foreign language is helpful (often required)
  • Knowledge of foreign educational systems, or US immigration rules and regulations
  • Work experience in some aspect of international education/exchange often preferred
  • Program or project management experience
  • Strong oral/written communication skills, interpersonal skills


Universities and Colleges/ International Exchange Organizations/Non-profits:

Associations/Foundations/Government Agencies/Private Business:

Professional Associations/Websites

NAFSA: Association of International Educators (202) 462-4811, e-mail:;

SIETAR: International Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research (202) 466-7883; e-mail:;

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