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Summer Abroad

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Go abroad this summer 

Considering taking part in a work or study programme over the summer? We're here to help you find a global opportunity.

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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Why a summer abroad ?
  • Amazing opportunity to combine travelling, discovering a new culture and learning something new - making the most of your summer vacation period
  • Usually a more cost-effective way of gaining an international experience compared to a year or term of study abroad 
  • A great alternative to test the international waters if a year abroad isn't quite for you

Overview of summer programmes


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. You spend one semester studying a variety of modules and the other working in a local company or within the university.

Volunteering projects 

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, volunteering abroad may be just for you.

Summer schools

Summer schools are a great alternative (or addition!) to a term or full year studying abroad. 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.


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 whether it's an internship, summer school or volunteering programme.

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 Placement 
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