Teaching Overseas

Teacher Training

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has entered into several agreements providing federal employees and their families with reduced tuition rates. The institutions below offer degrees in the field of education. Please note, eligibility requirements and rates vary from program to program. Visit the university websites for details.

Resources for Identifying Positions

  • The International Educator (TIE) - TIE is a private non-profit organization dedicated to helping international schools overseas find qualified teaching staff and to helping qualified teachers find positions at these overseas schools. Grade levels range from pre-K-12.
  • Institute of International Education (IIE) - The library at IIE posts listings of overseas teaching positions. This information is not available by phone, fax, or mail, but may be picked up in person if you are in New York.
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) - Learn about teaching opportunities at overseas independent schools that are members of this U.S.-based group.
  • Chronicle of Higher Education - Contains a large classified section advertising teaching positions overseas.

Making Contacts with Local Schools

  • Office of Overseas Schools – Visit the Office of Overseas Schools website for a list of international schools and contact information. Before moving to a new post, consider contacting the local school or the Community Liaison Office (CLO) coordinator at the embassy or consulate for information about teaching opportunities.
  • ISS Directory of International Schools - For more listings of international schools overseas, consult this directory (available for purchase).
  • Overseas Schools Assisted by the Department of State - The American sponsored overseas schools assisted by the Department of State are nonprofit, non-denominational independent schools, many of which were established on a cooperative basis by American citizens living overseas. Because they are private institutions, these schools hire their own staff and some hire Foreign Service spouses. The Office of Overseas Schools keeps an updated directory of these schools. It includes information on organizations involved in the recruitment of teachers and administrators for international schools throughout the world (overseasschools@state.gov).
  • Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) - DoDDS recruits teachers for schools at military bases overseas. Contact DoDDS before arrival at post, as applications for overseas positions are reviewed in the U.S. (not at post).
  • Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program - Offers teachers an opportunity to switch positions with teachers overseas. Applicants must be currently teaching, be a U.S. citizen, and have five years of full-time teaching experience.


Another option for family members is to provide individual or group tutoring. Many students enrolled in non-American schools or in small high schools that do not offer a full range of courses are tutored or attend classes outside of school hours. To increase employment options, spouses going overseas may want to consider acquiring the necessary training to teach/tutor children with learning disabilities.

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