Five reasons why you should go abroad for a work placement or an internship:
- Unemployment is lower among students that go abroad
- 87% of mobile students achieved First Class in their degree
- 1 in 3 trainees received a job position in the host company
- 64% of employers consider international experience when recruiting
- Additional funding for students from disadvantaged backgrounds (Erasmus+ programme only)
See below for more information on opportunities, including Erasmus+ and outside of Europe. Get in touch with the Study Abroad team for more information.
Under the Erasmus+ programme, any enrolled student can apply for funding to go abroad for a work placement between 2 and 12 months. Students can apply for:
a) Funding for AFTER GRADUATION Work Placement Abroad, (PDF 309kb) - up to 12 months immediately after graduation.
b) Funding for SUMMER BREAK Work Placement Abroad (PDF 308kb) - 2-4 months from May/June to August/September of each year.
c) Funding for a RESEARCH Work Placement Abroad (PDF 303kb) - 2-4 months, only for Master's and PhD students.
d) Funding for TERM TIME Work Placement Abroad (PDF 307kb) - sandwich year, up to 12 months.
What is the amount of the Erasmus+ grant?
The monthly grant will depend of the country of the work placement:
Countries(2017/2018 Academic Year)
Monthly Top Up for Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds*
Students with Special Needs**
|Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden||€430.00||€20.00||Additional funding based on actual costs
|Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia||€380.00||€20.00|
(*) Rule: students are considered from a disadvantaged background if their household annual income is equal or lower than £25,000.
(**) Additional grants are available for students with special needs doing Erasmus Work Placement where participation would not be possible without extra financial support. The special needs grant covers approved actual costs and the application must be submitted 12 weeks before starting the work placement.
What students should do to receive an Erasmus+ grant?
We do not have a secured pool of work placements abroad for students. But, we do have a list of hundreds of work placements abroad that students can apply (new placements are being added daily) and once the work placement is secured, we will provide you with an Erasmus+ grant (limited funds available, please apply early).
How to search and secure a work placement abroad?
Besides the Erasmus+ grant, you can apply for Work Placements abroad that will pay you a salary, provide you with free accommodation or with vouchers for meals, etc.
To secure a work placement abroad, you should:
- Update your CV and create a cover letter – the Career and Employability Services Team can assist you.
- Go through the list of work placements in the list below and apply to several available offers – bear in mind that the work placement abroad should be related to your course (your Departmental Exchange Coordinator or Employability Tutor can help you with this).
List of paid work placements abroad
Not paid, but free accommodation is provided: www.placementslovakia.com
Other websites to search for a work placement abroad (be advised that not all offers will provide financial support, accommodation or vouchers for meals – please read the advertisement carefully):
- Classroom Assistants for International Schools in Spain and France (PDF, 296KB)
- Drama and English Classroom Assistants for International School in Spain (PDF, 287KB)
I’ve secured a work placement abroad, what should I do?
Congratulations for securing a work placement abroad! To receive an Erasmus+ grant, please complete a Registration of Interest form sign and collect the signature of your departmental exchange coordinator or Employability Tutor. Once the document is completed, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information, advice and jobs in the European Union
The European Job Mobility Programme provides useful information, advice and jobs in the European Union and other partner countries.
Opportunities outside of Europe
Internships in Japan (VULCANUS) – deadline: 20/01/2018
Who can apply?
Masters and PhD students from the following courses: computer science, science engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical, electronics, biotechnology, electrical engineering, physics, telecommunication, nuclear engineering, materials, production systems, etc.
- Start date: September 2018
- Duration: 12 months
- Accommodation: free
- Grant: £12,700 (1,900,000 Yen)
Internships in China (British Council – Generation UK) – deadline: 14/01/2018
- aged 18 years and above
- currently enrolled full-time at a UK university or have graduated from a UK university within the past year
- a UK or EU passport holder
- have achieved or be on track to achieve a 2:1
- meet the student finance eligibility criteria
- not be in receipt of any other Generation UK-China funding
The internships cover a wide variety of sectors: IT, legal, marketing, design, engineering, and hospitality, etc.
Funding will cover all internship fees, accommodation and comprehensive travel insurance, as well as airport pick-up and dedicated support throughout the internship.
As part of the programme, students will receive weekly Chinese language classes and take part in business/cultural activities.
Students will need to pay for flights, visa and any other expenses related to your travel (additionally, students can apply for University of Bradford Short Term Travel Award Scheme to cover part of these expenses, please email Study Abroad).
Internships will be located in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Qingdao, Chengdu or Zhuhai.
How to apply?
- See the full details and application process via the British Council website.
- Students are advised to check Career & Employability Services website for information regarding CV, interviews, etc.
- If you have any further questions please contact the Generation UK Team.
The student is responsible for submitting the application for the internship, but the Study Abroad team, based in Career & Employability Services, will be happy to provide assistance if needed.
Other international opportunities
- expert advice - for finding job overseas, including information on work permits, visa regulations, cultural and relocation information
- country career guides – packed with country-specific career information, this research tool provides expert advice and insider tips for finding employment opportunities at home and abroad
- corporate profiles – access more than 400,000 country-specific company profiles in various industries such as manufacturing, transportation, consumer goods, consulting services, finance and technology
- worldwide job and internship postings – search for job openings in countries around the world. Listings are updated daily
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There is more information in our Opportunities for International Students pages.