ASHA's International Issues Board sent a survey to 2,000
ASHA-certified audiologists and speech-language pathologists who live outside
the United States, asking about their interest in hosting students and
professionals, and about their governments' requirements for nonresident
practitioners. The board heard from more than 700 certificate-holders in 60
countries and U.S. territories—here's what they said.
Willingness to host
Opportunity abounds for students and professionals who'd
like to test another country's professional waters. Almost half (43 percent) of
the survey respondents would be willing to receive and supervise a master's
student or clinical fellow. Nearly a third (29 percent) would be willing to
receive and collaborate on a clinical or research project with a colleague.
Be prepared! Government requirements for nonresident
practitioners and students vary. Respondents identified the following visitors'
"musts" most frequently:
- ASHA CCCs/national certification
- Work visa (for paid positions) or student visa
- Registration with the country's regulatory body
- Membership in the country's national association
Respondents noted other potential requirements, including a
memorandum of understanding between a university and an employer, proof of
education and practical experience, liability/malpractice insurance, criminal
background checks, language fluency or proficiency, and sponsorship.
For additional information about the survey and the
International Issues Board's next steps, contact Lemmietta McNeilly, at
Source: 2013 ASHA International Survey