Language majors after graduation: What now?
Opportunities after graduation
- Graduate school
Not ready to enter the work force yet? Well, you're not alone. Many
graduates opt not to step directly into a career right after graduation.
There are many other opportunities at your fingertips that can broaden
your experience, beef up your résumé, and -- eventually
-- help increase your chances of landing the job of your choice.
Fulbright Program offers a variety of grant opportunities, including
comprehensive Fulbright grants and Fulbright travel grants to graduates
and graduating seniors for advanced study in the U.S. and (for U.S.
citizens) in over 140 countries.
English Teaching Assistantships: Selected participants
work for one academic year in a school or university in a foreign
country in Europe, Asia, or South America, assisting in the teaching
of English language and American culture. Participants receive a stipend,
paid round-trip airfare, and other benefits. Applicants must have
B.A. at time the award year begins. Graduate students are welcome
Ambassadorial Scholarships: The
program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and
graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing
vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as ambassadors of
goodwill to the people of the host country and give presentations
about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning
home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that
led to greater understanding of their host countries.
Fellowship Program: One- or two-year fellowships
for graduates of programs focused on Eastern European, Slavic, or
Mandarin Languages to work in support of a diplomatic or consular
mission in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, or China.
J. Watson Fellowships: One-year grant to support
independent travel and study outside the US to work on a project that
is creative, feasible, and personally significant. Awarded to graduating
seniors from participating
institutions. US citizens and foreign nationals studying at US
institutions may apply.
Peace Corps: Jobs
living and working in 72 developing countries around the globe. Collaborating
with local community members, volunteers work in areas like education,
youth outreach and community development, the environment, and information
by country or by field for volunteer opportunities throughout the Americas.
projects: Search by
country or by field for unique volunteer opportunities in 30 countries.
Volunteers live in a camp and work with locals and other international
using the name of the language(s) you speak for some fun international
Great Au Pair: Find
work living abroad as an au pair.
Easy Au Pair: Au
pair-family matching service for international child care jobs.
Also see our list of Internship
A degree in a foreign language provides an excellent foundation for
further graduate study in a number of fields. Many graduate programs
require or recommend a knowledge of one or more languages as part
of their degree requirements. Making a language part of your undergraduate
experience not only puts you ahead of the game once you're in graduate
school, but it can also make you a stronger candidate during the application
process. If you're not yet sure what you want to be when you grow
up, then you may want to delay your application to graduate school.
The B.A. language major is a generalist Liberal Arts degree that allows
you to gain entry into a broad array of fields. With an advanced degree,
you begin to narrow your focus and become more specialized.
School Guide: The
comprehensive on-line guide to doctoral, masters, and professional
There are lots of opportunities for foreign study while you are in graduate
school, and knowing a language can help you obtain fellowships and scholarships
for studying abroad. See our pages about grants
for graduate language study for more information.
Resource for graduate school information with over 58,000 programs
listed. The site contains a comprehensive directory categorized by
curriculum and subdivided by geography.
on the Web: The most
heavily traveled education resource on the web.
Web: Some great tips
and advice on writing graduate school application essays.
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