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Working Abroad

Opportunities abroad can be undertaken during summer holidays, as an industrial placement or as a gap year.

There are many organisations offering paid and voluntary opportunities overseas which can prove to be a valuable all round experience. Please be aware that some organisations may require you to pay a fee up front.

What's on offer?

Like searching for work in the UK there are many different levels of opportunities abroad. 

Volunteering organisations such as BUNACFrontierCoral Cay and Raleigh International, offer a range of opportunities overseas.  More information about volunteering can be found here.

As part of your degree exchanges are available through programmes such as Erasmus+.  Worldwide exchanges may also be available. For more information contact the International Education Centre.

International Citizen Service is a UK Government funded programme providing volunteer placements of 10-12 weeks to 18-25 year olds and Team Leader placements to 23-35 year olds. It is a development programme that brings together young people from the UK and developing countries to volunteer in some of the poorest communities in Africa and Asia.

Generation UK was launched by the British Council in 2013. It aims to help students from the UK to boost their employability, enhance their long-term job prospects and develop a global mindset through study and work experience opportunities in China.

Structured programmes for teaching English abroad are available in many countries; book an appointment with an Employability Adviser for up-to-date information about teaching abroad.

How do I find out more?

Country Profiles

Country Profiles are an essential resource for students and graduates thinking about studying or working abroad. Each profile contains country-specific information about the job market, language requirements and visa and immigration issues, as well as offering tips on applying for jobs, gaining work experience, options for postgraduate study and how to get help and advice abroad.

Prospects also provides information about working abroad in their country profiles.

Some other useful sites:

For official UK government travel advice click here.

For further tips and ideas on Gap Years, click the video below:

With thanks to CareerPlayer, Graduate Jobs & Careers Advice on Video.