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This WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is an Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in many international and global studies topics. Sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online.


Limited Area Search Engines, Directories, and Key Resources
Other Major Sources for Study Abroad Information
Sources for Work, Internships, and Volunteer Service Abroad

Limited Area Search Engines, Directories, and Key Resources

Abroad 101-- "The first and largest study abroad review website," with a huge "directory of study abroad programs, offering students and administrators [free] access to evaluation data collected directly from students." Select a program and check out the features and evaluations of that option. Partnerships with colleges and universities are offered.

Center for Global Education-- Major international resource center at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
promotes and improves the study abroad experience in cooperation with universities and other organizations worldwide. Posts student study abroad handbooks and many practical guides and tips about study abroad generally, of use to students, faculty, and administrators of all nationalities.

Education Corner College Search Database-- Comprehensive and detailed database with "information and data on over 7,000 U.S. colleges, universities and higher education institutions... provided directly by each individual college via annual surveys sponsored by state and federal government agencies." "Search engine for education abroad, aimed at students and potential students worldwide who wish to study abroad... search for university, college and language education around the world, as well as find more information on specific countries, and get into contact with others in a similar situation..." Also posts a "series of free guides online, providing information regarding studies in a variety of countries worldwide." "Committed to providing the most comprehensive international education and alternative travel databases... [a] one-stop information center for students wishing to travel internationally... In addition to some of the largest directories of their kind on the Internet, provides extensive additional information within its dynamically constructed Travel Guides, currency converter, and Embassy directories."

Institute of International Education-- A world-class source on study abroad, IIE conducts statistical and policy research and provides information on international study and work opportunities. including about the Fulbright Program. Their Open Doors section contains much online information about international student mobility in the United States and the world. The IIE Passport is a well-refined search engine for thousands of IIE study abroad program listings, from many organizations, to match user needs and interests closely with programs.

International RelationsEDU-- "Offers a unique platform from which to explore career opportunities and education options in international relations" and international business, explaining the various aspects of these academic fields, degrees required, and the careers possible in many areas of public and private sector work. A major directory for study abroad information, to search programs by country, time of year, experiential, college, high school, language, etc.  Includes listings for thousands of study abroad programs in more than 100 countries throughout the world, travel information, and pictures. Also provides related travel, health, and safety information and the very useful online Study Abroad Student Guide as well as other guides.

Volunteer World-- Major comparison resource for over 1000 social project volunteer programs in over 70 countries, allowing you to compare prices, costs, and durations, to contact directly the social project of your choice (informed by peer reviews of experiences), and to apply directly to that program. Also offers service and support for your trip.

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Other Major Sources for Study Abroad Information

•  AFS Intercultural Programs-- "A non-profit volunteer based educational organization offering exchanges for students, young adults and teachers in over 50 countries around the world." Open to applicants from many countries, for exchange among many countries, with offices in many countries, accessible through this site.

•  American Institute for Foreign Study-- Organizes intercultural exchanges worldwide. "Founded in 1964, the American Institute for Foreign Study is one of the oldest, largest and most respected cultural exchange organizations in the world."

•  Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs-- "Comprises 60+ schools in the Americas, Asia, and Europe dedicated to the improvement of professional education in international affairs and the advancement thereby of international understanding, prosperity, peace, and security." Information about APSIA, its member schools and affiliates, and international affairs study and career opportunities.

•  BCA Study Abroad-- Provides fully accredited study abroad opportunities for either a semester or an academic year in many countries. Courses, calendar year, and subsequent transcripts are compatible with most American colleges and universities.

•  Campus France-- "Under the oversight of the French government and in close cooperation with institutions of higher education and their associations... promotes French higher education programs throughout the world, offering international students a pathway to success through post-secondary study in France... from home country to host country and from answering prospective students' first inquiries right down to helping them plan their stay in France and their return home."

•  College Board-- Official information about the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), required for admission by many American colleges and universities, and about preparing for American college admission generally.

•  College Navigator-- From  the National Center for Education Statistics of the U.S. Department of Education, a data bank of information on thousands of colleges and universities in the United States, with links to their Web sites.

•  Complete University Guide-- A thorough and wide-ranging guide for those students interested in applying to universities in the United Kingdom, "managed by Constable and Robinson in collaboration with Mayfield University Consultants and the University of Sheffield."

•  Council on International Educational Exchange-- A nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, one of the world's leading international exchange program services for study and work abroad. Posts information about international study and CIEE research publications.

•  Council for International Exchange of Scholars-- From the private organization that works with the U.S. government in administering the Fulbright Scholar Program, information on Fulbright awards, for both American faculty and professionals seeking to go overseas and non-U.S. faculty and professionals seeking to go to the U.S.

•  Federation EIL-- The worldwide network of The Experiment in International Living, an international nonprofit organization promoting intercultural learning through homestays, educational group travel, study abroad, language training, au pair, and other cultural immersion programs in many countries.

•  German Academic Exchange Service-- The main German sponsor of student and professor exchange between Germany and other countries, internationalization of education, promotion of German studies overseas, and German educational cooperation with developing countries-- the best source on study, research, and teaching in Germany, with information on and applications for each program.

•  i-studentglobal-- "An essential resource for prospective international students, their parents and the counsellors that guide them through the whole process... the definitive resource for international students."

•  NAFSA: Association of International Educators-- "Promotes the exchange of students and scholars to and from the United States. Our members share a belief that international educational exchange advances learning and scholarship, builds respect among different peoples and encourages constructive leadership in a global community."

•  Schools in Canada-- "Provides international students with information on studying in Canada," covering secondary schools, colleges and universities, and language courses, plus other relevant information.

• Comprehensive information for students worldwide who are considering study in another country-- databases of colleges seeking international students, college search facilities, media, newsletter, country advice, and articles from leading journals on international education.

•  Study UK-- Website "produced by the British Council to help international students interested in studying for a UK course or qualification."

•  Studying in Germany-- Guide and articles with "news, tips and advice about studying in Germany and scholarship opportunities."

•  TOEFL-- Official website of Test of English as a Foreign Language programs and services, with tutorials, sample questions, study materials, and downloadable publications.

•  Top Universities-- "With a mission to help international students find their ideal universities to study abroad... hosts a range of tools to help you find your dream higher education destination." Note the QS World University Rankings, "the most trusted university ranking in the world, [now including] university fees information."

•  Transitions Abroad-- Guide to practical information on affordable alternatives to mass tourism: living, working, studying, or vacationing alongside the people of the host country, with work abroad-related publications, resources, program listings, and articles.

•  Universities Canada-- Information on Canadian higher education and exchange and study abroad opportunities in that country.

•  Universities Worldwide-- Database of universities around the world, with links to thousands of universities in over 200 countries.

•  Which? University-- "Independent source of information and advice to help find the right degree course and university in the UK, featuring a simple-to-use search tool that filters course results on the things that matter most to you, real-life student insights from nearly 300 UK universities and colleges, plus expert advice on everything from applications to student finance."

•  World Learning-- A leading group of organizations promoting international educational exchange, including the School for International Training, College Semester Abroad, the Experiment in International Living, Executive English, U.S. Language Homestays, Professional Development Training, and Projects in International Development and Training.

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Sources for Work, Internships, and Volunteer Service Abroad

•  Cross-Cultural Solutions-- Non-profit American volunteer organization that works to empower local communities, foster cultural sensitivity and understanding, and contribute grassroots solutions to the global challenges of providing health care, education, and social development. Short and long-term volunteer placements are available in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe.

•  ESL Jobs World-- Connects English teachers with employers from around the world to help English teachers find jobs quickly and connect with employers easily. The site is free for both teachers and employers.

•  iAgora-- "Provides first jobs and internships all over Europe, university reviews and ratings by international graduates, Erasmus and exchange students, and language course deals and reviews."

•  Idealist-- Global clearinghouse of nonprofit and volunteering resources, listing thousands of nonprofit and community organizations in scores of countries, searchable by name, location or mission, with much information on job, internship, and volunteer opportunities.

•  iHipo-- Combination social network and jobsite for young professionals and students to browse through many challenging international job and internship offers from prestigious employers and to create a professional profile for international recruiters and for networking with peers around the globe.

• Resources for international employment and work abroad, featuring a job database searchable by keywords or locations.

•  Projects Abroad-- "One of the largest volunteer abroad organizations in the world... We offer a diverse range of international service projects, plus the opportunity to become part of one of our volunteer communities abroad." Offers staff presence overseas and close in-country support for placements in many developing countries.

•  United Planet-- International non-profit organization that offers volunteer opportunities from one week to a year in 35 countries around the world in a wide range of projects. Programs are open to skilled and unskilled volunteers, and to groups or individuals.

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This section of the WWW Virtual Library system was created, and is edited and maintained, by Dr. Wayne A.Selcher, Professor of International Studies Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2288  U.S.A., as a volunteer and non-profit public service. This website copyright 1997-present by Wayne A. Selcher. E-mail: