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Global Studies Subject Guide (archived): Study, work, volunteer abroad

Resources to support Castleton's Global Studies program

Study abroad programs and info

Find programs includes a searchable database of programs

IIIE Passport 
Search over 9,500 study abroad programs, including summer and short-term options.  From the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Learn about studying abroad and much more

Transitions Abroad's Study Abroad section

Study Abroad from the U.S. Department of State
Lots of information on all aspects of studying abroad, including travel info for specific countries, and scholarships from the U.S. government, and other countries' governments.

A Directory

IIEPassport: Short-Term Study Abroad
REF 370.116025 Sh817


Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Institute for the International Education of Students  (IES Abroad)

Institute of International Education (IIE)

Specific programs

Semester at Sea

Teach abroad

To find international teaching jobs


About teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL)

Teaching English Abroad from Transitions Abroad

The Cambridge Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Ebook.  Subscription resource.  Log-in required for off-campus access)

Specific programs

These two programs include training:

Cultural Ambassadors in Spain
The Spanish Ministry of Education sponsors a North American Language and Culture Assistant Program for elementary and secondary schools in Spain. This program enables more than 2000 US and Canadian College students or graduates to train as English Language Assistants in Spain for the school year.

Teaching assistantships at secondary schools in Austria (through the Austrian ministry of education)

Learn about countries

More resources on the library's Global Studies guide

On specific countries:

From the Cultural Services division of the French Embassy in the U.S., "a platform for exchange and innovation between French and American artists, intellectuals, educators, students, the tech community, and the general public."

Study abroad info at Castleton

Check out Castleton's Study Abroad website

Work abroad

Online resources

Links to international job listings from UC Berkeley's Career Center

Some books in the Castleton library

International volunteering/service opportunities

General resources

Volunteer Abroad “The Portal for Volunteer Work, Service and Vacations Overseas” from Transitions Abroad


Specific programs, help finding opportunities
An online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.

Volunteers For Peace (VFP) offers placement in international volunteer projects in more than 100 countries around the world including the USA. Our projects are part of an international voluntary service movement, where volunteers from multiple countries live together while working to improve local communities.
A website set up to promote fair work exchange between budget travellers, language learners or culture seekers and families, individuals or organizations who are looking for help with a range of varied and interesting activities.

Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF)
A world wide network of organisations linking people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help.


Books in the library

Web-based language resources

Online resources for learning languages

Also see the Castleton library's Spanish language page on the subject guide for Spanish and Latin American Language, Literature and Culture

Subscription resources

Many public libraries in Vermont offer access to language learning software, like Mango Languages, offering over 35 languages.  Check the website of your public library

Free resources

FSI Language Courses.  Language courses developed by the Foreign Service Institute

BBC Languages
The resource from Britain's BBC offers in-depth (12-week) online programs of study in Spanish, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Chinese, and Greek and sampler lessons in more than 40 other languages, for example, Japanese, Maltese, Arabic, Gaelic, and Estonian.

Foreign Language Videos from the Viewpoints Project of the Five Colleges of Ohio Consortium is "a collection of video clips in which native speakers elaborate on a wide variety of topics about their culture, family, daily life, and more. Each video clip is accompanied by a description of its contents, the country of the speaker, and additional grammar and vocabulary notes."

Lang Media: Resources for World Languages
Lang Media's mission is to provide "materials in languages less-commonly offered by colleges and universities in the United States" and "authentic materials depicting differences in regional dialects and language-usage among speakers of the most commonly taught languages worldwide." The site was produced by the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages.

Language learning resources from COERLL: Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning, from the University of Texas at Austin. Produces and shares open educational resources for the teaching and learning of foreign languages, including online language courses, podcasts, downloadable transcripts, reference grammars, and assessment tools.

Other language learning resources

Other language learning resources

Software on campus:

Castleton has a language lab in Leavenworth with Rosetta Stone and Fluenz language learning software.

Languages available:

Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Persian (Farsi), Russian, Vietnamese

Audio CDs to check out:

The CU library has Pimsleur conversational programs on audio CD (8 hours/16 lessons) to check out in these languages:

Arabic Italian
Brazilian Portuguese       Japanese
French Mandarin Chinese
German Russian
Irish Spanish



Courses in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Italian and German. Free; available for iOS devices.

Courses in 12 languages. Free; available for iOS and Android devices. Lessons can be downloaded in advance for off-line use.

Financial aid

Some sources on financial aid for study abroad

FinAid for study abroad

Paying for your Study Abroad from MoneyGeek

Financial Aid for Study and Training Abroad

REF 378.3 F49
You can look inside the book and see the first 17 pages, including the table of contents, introduction, and a sample entry taken from the book (PDF).

International exchange

International Exchange Locator: A Resource Directory for Educational and Cultural Exchange

REF 370.116 In85

Gap year/college alternatives

Gap Year Guide from the Gap Year Association (pdf)

International careers

Health info for travelers

Traveler's Health from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)