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Overseas work and study

Overseas work and study

Spending time working or studying abroad can be a life-changing experience.

Overseas work and study

Whether you’re planning to work or study, for a short or long period, it’s important to start your research as early as possible 

You’ll need to make practical arrangements for factors such as visas and finance, which can be complicated and involve specific deadlines or processes 

To get started, we recommend that you: 

  • check the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s (FCDO) travel advice for the country you’re interested in to find out if there are any government travel restrictions in place
  • consider travel, accommodation, insurance and finance for your time overseas. Global Opportunities offer advice about living abroad and information about funding optionsJoin their mailing listTeams group, or attend one of their drop-in sessions for more information
  • research the visa processvia the relevant UK based embassy for the country you’re interested in. Contact them directly and try to get instructions or information in writing 
  • speak to relevant members of staff if you’re planning on going abroad while studying. For an overseas placement year, speak to the team managing your placement. For study abroad, speak to your School Exchange Coordinator 

If you’re thinking of spending time overseas, but not sure exactly what you want to do, you can book a guidance appointment via MyCareer, or come to King’s Gate during our drop-in hours. Our careerconsultants can help you with exploring your options or planning your career. 

Use the options below to find out about studyinggaining experience and graduate jobs overseas. You can also access our international resources to help you find worldwide opportunities and information on writing CVs for other countries. 

You may also be interested in volunteering abroad, looking at international awards and competitions, or being part of an overseas research expedition.

If you’re considering working for yourself, most of the guidance our START UP team offer can be applied to any business anywhere in the world.

Our Graduate Framework pages include more advice on how to increase your global and cultural awareness while at university.