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Working or Studying Abroad

Global experience is highly valued by graduate employers. Students and graduates can consider a range of different ways to gain global experience - some options are listed below.

Studying Abroad

Current students of the university may be able to arrange an exchange to study for a year in a different country. This can be done through the ERASMUS programme or through the University's International Exchange Programme. You can find out more information on the study exchanges pages of the website.

Students who are about to graduate, or recent graduates may want to consider further study in another country. Degrees and postgraduate qualifications are both available in Europe and in the wider world. Further information is available from the Study Abroad pages on the Prospects website.

Working Abroad

There are a number of different options if you are interested in working abroad:

  • If you are interested in work in a particular country, then you need to check two things: any visa requirements for working in that country, and where to find jobs. Some good places to start are the Working Abroad pages on the Prospects website and the Working Abroad pages on the TargetJobs website.
  • A popular kind of work for people looking to travel is teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). If you wish to teach abroad then research your options. You can do a short course and go on an organised placement with a company like i-to-i or you can do a longer course (like a CELTA certificate) that will give you a recognised qualification and open up a wider range of opportunities.
  • Remember that if you have a degree many graduate-level jobs with large multinational companies may offer scope for global travel - as these companies will often have significant overseas operations. You can find out more about graduate training schemes on this website.

International Work Placements

If you are a current student, there may be opportunities to travel abroad for a short work placement. Placements often take place during the summer holidays and may be offered by a range of different organisations. Some schemes are listed below:

  • Saltire Foundation: internships for students who are in their penultimate year of an honours degree. Usually advertised in November of third year. 
  • IASTE placements: paid industry placements for undergraduate students studying Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture or Applied Arts

Volunteering Abroad

There are a number of volunteer programmes that students and recent graduates may be interested in. Some of these may be offered through large volunteering programmes, others may be sourced by individual students liaising with specific international organisations. A good place to start your search are the International Volunteering pages on the volunteerscotland website. You may also find the Xchange Scotland website useful.

Finding Opportunities

As well as using the links on this page for specific opportunities, you may like to check the website of the British Council who also run a number of schemes supporting international volunteering and placements.

You can also sign up for the Careers and Employability Centre jobs database where we advertise details of graduate jobs, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for information on opportunities as they arise.