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There's a whole world out there

Other international opportunities

There are plenty of ways to have international experiences and gain intercultural competencies that don't involve a formal academic or professional commitment. You are welcome to organise your own activity that allows you to travel overseas. Among the options open to you are volunteering, field trips, short courses (i.e. language or summer schools), conferences and independent projects.

In many cases, these activities are facilitated by external organisations that may not necessarily be endorsed by BU, so it is important that you do your research carefully to ensure you have a valuable experience with tangible outcomes. 

Global opportunities

Volunteering overseas

Volunteering overseas

At BU, we encourage students who want to volunteer to look beyond the UK too and there are a whole host of opportunities overseas. 

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Conferences overseas

Attending a conference overseas is a great chance to interact with your academic peers while experiencing a new country.

Fieldwork being undertaken in the ocean

Field trips overseas

Field trips can provide invaluable experience in your subject area, and can give you a chance to see the world at the same time.

International student in weymouth house

Summer schools

Take the opportunity to uncover a new culture during your summer break by attending a summer school overseas. 

student at language school

Taught language courses

Learn a new language or improve your existing existing skills on a taught language course, either in the UK or overseas. 


As with any activity taking place abroad, embarking on such international experiences will incur costs. You can cover some of these costs by applying for Global Horizons funding. You can receive a grant of up to £2,000, which will go a long way in covering your expenses, and does not need to be paid back. Visit Global Horizons well ahead of your planned activity to find out about eligibility criteria, application requirements and deadlines.

Need more help?

If you require an appointment or further advice you can email the Global Engagement Mobility Officer or call 01202 965824.

Drop-in sessions

Talk to a member of the Global Engagement Mobility Team in our weekly drop-in session at The Edge: Wednesdays 1-5pm during term time. Outside term time the team can be contacted by email or by telephone on 01202 965824.