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.
For further advice
Talk to a member of the Global Engagement Mobility Team in our weekly drop-in sessions at The Global Mobility Hub, Poole House (next to the Student Shop): Monday and Wednesdays 1-5pm during term time. At other times the team can be contacted by email or by telephone on 01202 965824