Returning Home: Returning Overseas For Seniors and Alumni
Interested in venturing abroad again? Haverford can connect you to a variety of programs that can help you continue your abroad connection. There are also numerous resources online for further study or work opportunities internationally. Please note that some of these opportunities require nomination and sponsorship by the college for the application process. Also please note that some have very early deadlines. There are four main categories of ways to return overseas:
1. Scholarships and Fellowships
Please see the comprehensive list of scholarships and fellowships available on the Office of Academic Affairs website and contact Dean Bean for more information. Many of these opportunities require nomination and sponsorship by the college for the application process. Some of the scholarships and fellowships on the Academic Affairs website include: The Winston Churchill Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarships, Gates Cambridge Scholars Program, Rhodes Scholarships, and more.
Some other examples of international scholarships are:
- Belgian American Educational Foundation
Fellowships for study or research in Belgium: The Belgian American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F.) encourages applications for fellowships for advanced study or research during one academic year, at a Belgian University or institution of higher learning. The B.A.E.F. will award up to eight fellowships each carrying a stipend of $25,000 for one year. If the fellow chooses to remain less than the full 12 months, the stipend will be prorated accordingly. The fellowship period must be at least 6 months. In addition to the stipend, the Foundation will provide health insurance. No other supplements can be expected. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants must either be registered in a graduate program towards a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the United States, or register in a graduate program in Belgium, or hold a Master's, Ph.D., or equivalent degree. Preference is given to applicants under the age of 30 with a reading and speaking knowledge of Dutch, French, or German. Applicants should make their own arrangements to register or affiliate with a Belgian University or research institution. B.A.E.F. Fellows must reside in Belgium during the tenure of their fellowship.
- Critical Languages Scholarship Program (CLS)
A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages. The selection process is administered by American Councils for International Education with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program is administered by American Councils and The Ohio State University/Ohio University. Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.
- Russian Language Flagship
The Russian Language Flagship at Bryn Mawr College was created under the auspices of the National Security Education Program (NSEP)/National Flagship Language Program (NFLP) to address the critical need for U.S. professionals to use Russian at the highest levels of functional proficiency. The program is open to all undergraduates of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges who are committed to attaining professional level language proficiency through an intensive language training program tailored to their professional interests and academic specialization. The nationally recognized Language Flagship brings with it the possibility of financial support for intensive summer and overseas study. Students who successfully complete the Russian Flagship track are highly sought after by non-government and government organizations, as well as international corporations and professional firms. The ultimate goal of the program is for all students to reach the "superior level" (ILR level 3) of proficiency in Russian according to ACTFL proficiency guidelines. With questions about the program, please contact Sharon Bain, Co-Director of the Language Flagship at Bryn Mawr.
Please also see the list of Scholarships for study abroad available on the International Academic Programs website and like Haverford College Study Abroad on Facebook for updates on programs abroad for recent graduates.
2. Teaching Opportunities
- Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship
An English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) places a Fulbrighter in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture. The age and academic level of classroom students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level.
Contact Phil Bean, Dean of Academic Affairs
- CIEE Teach Abroad
CIEE offers paid teaching positions in seven countries (Chile, China, Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and Vietnam) for university graduates looking to teach English abroad and immerse themselves in a foreign community.
Contact Amy Feifer, Center for Career and Professional Advising, for this and additional teaching opportunities.
3. Work/Volunteer Abroad
Recent graduates can apply for Peace Corps assignments in developing countries around the world. Most assignments are 24 months with the potential to extend the assignment for another year. Students assist people or governments in areas such as education, youth and community development, health, agriculture, and the environment.