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Rae RaeSenior Year StudentLoyola Marymount UniversityYou should become more familiar with the laws of your host countries. Many places do not even allow visitors to work without obtaining visas, and even with a visa, there are certain provisions that must be followed. I would not plan on working without first checking these laws and making the appropriate preparations.
Miloni GandhiAssociate Director, International Recruitment, Office of AdmissionsUniversity of Southern CaliforniaMany study abroad offices also have some information about working abroad. There are several companies who specialize in work abroad as opposed to study abroad and can help with visa’s and job placement. Also, many foreign governments sponsor programs teaching abroad for example, so you can look on those websites as well.
AmyGraduate StudentUCLAIf you are interested in working while you are studying abroad, make sure you contact your program to make sure that your school will allow it. If it is permissible, your program representative may be able to assist you in finding a job, but there are plenty of resources online as well.
There are opportunities for short term-work abroad (between three months and year, typically a summer) which usually involves working in an unskilled job that allows you to pay for your lodging, food, day-to-day living expenses, and additional travel (although it often will not be enough to cover your initial airline costs). Meanwhile, there are plenty of jobs available for teaching English abroad after you complete your college degree.
(Resource: University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center: Work, Volunteer, and Interning Abroad)