Students Staff

Working, volunteering and research programmes

If you're considering working, volunteering or taking part in any other opportunity abroad, we can give you advice on whether it's right for you and where you can go. We're here to help you organise your time abroad and prepare you by providing pre-departure workshops and information sessions.

An international work experience will enhance your employability and could be a valuable stepping stone as perhaps your first professional role.

A work placement may take the form of:

  • fully accredited work placement (usually for a whole academic year)
  • language assistantship (usually for a whole academic year)
  • 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).

Internships

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.

Erasmus+

If you're undertaking a work placement in Europe as an accredited part of your degree, you may be able to receive an Erasmus+ funding grant.

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.

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.

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.

Resources

"Being given such an important task really tested my abilities and gave me new transferable skills that I will value whatever industry I decide to work in in the future."
Iretiolu Olabisi, interned in Shanghai
"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, took part in Teaching in India placement

Student profiles

Ami Udeshi

Our student profiles will tell you more about the experiences you can have with study abroad. Our students talk about the skills and confidence they gained and the impact their time abroad has had on their lives.

Current opportunities

Student working on a project

Find out more about current opportunities that range from placements, internships, volunteering projects as well as research programmes.

How to apply

Group of students in a class

Find out more about your eligibility for study abroad and our information sessions which are held in the run-up to the application window. Help and support is available to you throughout the application process.

Pre-departure

A city skyline

If you're going abroad, read our essential pre-departure information. From insurance to visas to travel safety, we'll tell you everything you need to know to make sure your time abroad runs smoothly.