Paid international positions are becoming increasingly more available. Such opportunities offer the clinician a once in a lifetime opportunity to live in a foreign country for a few months to a year or even for life! With such opportunities come perks as well. Some of these benefits can include a housing allowance, paid round trip airfare, and a very nice salary.
Interested in working overseas?
Please visit the SLP Overseas job and volunteer board for current openings to apply for!
A few things to keep in mind when searching for an international career:
- Check the visa requirements
- Check the required qualifications and determine whether your credentials obtained from your home country match-up (for example, the ad may note that a Bachelor’s degree is required. A Bachelor’s degree in SLP/SLT obtained in the UK or Australia qualifies the clinician to practice, but a Bachelor’s from the US or Canada would not. The majority of the time, the US or Canadian citizen would still require a Master’s degree to work in this position as a fully qualified clinician).
- Check language requirements. What level of fluency will be required, if any, in the language of the country you wish to work?
- ASHA provides additional tips on working abroad and links that will assist with the job search on their Working Abroad page.
- For more information on how to transfer your credentials between the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, visit my page, Qualification Transfer: Mutual Recognition Agreement
- Understand the unique cultural and linguistic differences of the population you intend to serve. Learn more about Cultural Competence as an SLP on this page.