RIGHT. Cut right to the quick shall we? You are an American and you want to live and work in Europe. Most say it’s near impossible thanks to those pesky work permit restrictions. I often wonder why Americans are shut out in Europe just because we make it near impossible for EU citizens to work in the States. ( “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” – Attila the Hun).
In reality….it is near impossible. I said NEAR. Lots of intrepid Yanks have found work in the Old World that didn’t just involve an in-company transfer (though that’s a good idea) and then wrote blogs about how to go about it. I noticed though, that the blog would only be about one government program or one certain country, so I compiled ALMOST every single way to get a job in Europe into this single page, with sources. Now get at it!
IMPORTANT: I only include methods to find an actual job. All these “Work in a Fashion Consulting Firm with Andre Leon Talley in Paris! Tra La La!” outfits that offer internship placements in reality make you pay thousands for your free labor. I refuse to list any “job” that requires payment, or does not offer any pay (room and board doesn’t count), with TWO exceptions you’ll see later.
I haven’t included all important documents you might need for a program (a background check, drug test, birth certificate) but rather documents that could make or break whether you can do a certain position (university degree required, TEFL cert yada yada). All positions come linked to pages (original sources like consulate websites when possible) that actually know what they’re talking about and list everything in detail. Links are in the program, position, or country names!
If positions did not explicitly bar non-EU nationals, they will be listed. For many of these positions you won’t have to compete against EU nationals, as either a work permit isn’t needed, you’re freelancing, or they actually want Americans. They actually like us? Who’da thunk it?