Getting to Europe: Your Options for Work, Study and Travel in Europe

For over a decade, I’ve been working, studying and/or traveling in Europe, with the present being no exception. The first and second time I announced my plans to move to Europe, people were excited, supportive and very interested in what I was doing. Now, after announcing my 6th move abroad, people are wondering what the heck I keep doing in Europe. Well, here’s a quick rundown of the past 10+ years I have:

  • taken language courses in Montpellier, France
  • studied abroad in Madrid, Spain
  • earned a Master’s Degree abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark with a semester abroad in Bilbao, Spain
  • worked for the European Union on a research project in Spain
  • worked as an employee at a Danish university after graduating with my Master’s Degree
  • worked for a Spanish university
  • taught English in Turkey
  • attended research seminars in Milan, Italy; and
  • assisted countless students with the  process of choosing and applying for undergraduate and graduate programs in Europe.

And that’s not all! I’ve also traveled all over Europe!

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Sound exciting? Well, it has been. Do you want to do the same? Check out your options below and start planning for your Euro-adventure!

1If you want to work in Europe, here are the most basic ways to do so:

  • Work as an expat (traditionally a title reserved for those who are sent on an international assignment by their current employer)
  • Get hired by a foreign company directly (we did this when we taught English in Turkey)
  • If you’re a licensed teacher with a few years of experience (or none at all), you can teach in an International School
  • If you’re not a licensed teacher, but are a native English speaker (with TEFL certification), consider teaching English abroad (use this link to get a discount on your TEFL certification course)
  • If you have a special knowledge or skill set, you could start your own business either in a country or online.
  • Depending on the nature of your work, you could try to transition your current job into a remote job, or search for new positions that are advertised as ‘remote’ or ‘work from home’ opportunities.
  • For those transitioning into new fields or trying to build up their résumé, there are always options for interning or volunteering abroad.


  • The most traditional option is studying abroad for a semester or year. These days, there are many other options to do short-term study abroad, like over the summer, winter/spring break, etc.
  • If a semester or year isn’t enough, you could earn your entire degree abroad (that’s what I did and what my husband is doing now in Sweden). This means you will earn your diploma from a European university.
  • Some European universities offer summer courses open to anyone who applies and gets accepted into their courses. Think of these courses as special topic courses only offered that summer and worth a few (ECTS – “European”) credits.
  • A non-traditional way of ‘studying’ is actually through Professional Development. Learn more about how to take advantage of professional development while seeing Europe here, here and here.6Traveling in Europe is incredible because you have so many options. Here are some of the things to consider before planning your next trip:
    • Transportation
    • Accommodation
    • When to Travel
    • Length of trip
    • Destination(s)
    • Budget
    • Purpose of travel

If you need help designing your next adventure, contact me.

I have only outlined the most common ways of working, studying and traveling in Europe. In the coming months, I’ll go in-depth into some of these topics, so stay tuned!

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What are some other opportunities for working, studying and traveling in Europe?

5 thoughts on “Getting to Europe: Your Options for Work, Study and Travel in Europe

    1. That’s why I wrote it! I, too, didn’t realize all the options out there when I was in high school/college. Glad to see we’re on the same team–helping people understand their options…and then figure out how to enjoy them! – Pouneh


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