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Considering working, volunteering or studying/researching abroad? We're here to help you find a global opportunity for your summer abroad.

An international work experience will enhance your employability when you enter the job market, as well as giving you a fresh perspective of the world.

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Programmes overview

Intern abroad

Working abroad may take the form of:

  • extra-curricular work internship experience (anywhere from two weeks to three months)

Finding a placement

Finding a placement is your responsibility but there is plenty of support available.

The Employability and Careers Centre can help with finding opportunities and making applications. They provide information on international options, including a list of websites that advertise international vacancies. Always make sure that you're given a clear job description including specific responsibilities and expectations. For work placements forming an accredited part of your degree, the role should have full-time hours (25 - 40 hours per week).


Internship providers can help organise an international placement. Their comprehensive services do a preliminary assessment of the things that you're seeking in an internship, and either match you with one of their existing business partners, or go and actively search a placement to match your needs.Essex Abroad has built up relationships with a few preferred providers who offer a full range of support in finding and securing a placement, as well as in-country support for the duration of your stay.

Study and internship programme

We have partnered with a variety of Universities to launch a new study exchange and internship programme run over two semesters. The first is spent studying a variety of modules and the second is spent working in a local company or within the University.

Volunteer abroad

Volunteering abroad provides an excellent opportunity to learn something new while supporting a good cause abroad. There are lots of volunteering projects you can get involved in including environment, community development, health, conservation and many more. So if you want to help out and support a feel good project while immersing yourself in a new country and culture - then volunteering abroad may be just for you.

Summer Schools

Instead of studying abroad as part of your degree, you can take part in short-term overseas study or study tours / field trips. You'll get to know lots of new people and places and learn about different cultures. And it'll help you develop a global outlook and improve your CV.

We send students to countries all over the world on summer schools. Find out more

Research opportunities

There are numerous research opportunities to enhance your research skills and knowledge. These are more suitable for PhD or graduate students but there may be some research opportunities if you're an undergraduate student. Some of them might include summer research schools, research internships or participating in a research project abroad.


The Big Essex Award

The Big Essex Award is the University's employability award and is how we accredit extra-curricular activities here at Essex. It recognises all your extra-curricular activities on your HEAR.

The Big Essex Award can also help you identify and effectively sell the skills graduate employers are really looking for.

You can get up to 50 Units for your international experience abroad.

What our students say...

"I gained strong interpersonal skills confidence in public speaking and lesson planning techniques. I learned how to take an interest into a culture so different to mine and how to be independent and self-sufficient in tough circumstances."
Sam Pepper Teaching in India PlacementĀ 
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