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 for Erasmus+ Work Placements Abroad sign and collect the signature of your departmental exchange coordinator or Employability Tutor. Once the document is completed, please send to email@example.com
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.
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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Prospects Country Profiles - Use the Prospects website to find information on the job market and sources of vacancies for countries worldwide and also learn how to apply for visas or work permits.
Find out about working abroad on targetjobs.co.uk; topics covered include the job market, applying for jobs, vacancy sources, getting work experience, visa information and what life is like in that particular country.
Rulla also has a database of jobs in many different countries.
- Plus, there are more in-depth country profiles on our information for international students pages that you may find useful.