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Experience other cultures

Work overseas

Working abroad is a fantastic opportunity to combine professional development and cultural immersion, so many students choose this option for their placement year. Having a year's worth of industry experience by graduation is good, but having a year's worth of industry experience abroad is even better! Companies and organisations also benefit from hiring a foreign intern due to the fresh outlook and work ethic they bring in, so securing a placement abroad may be easier than you think.

Working abroad also requires less preparation and paperwork than a study exchange, so many students opt for this to gain the much sought-after intercultural skills which international experiences provide. Every year, over 100 BU students undertake employment abroad, either as part of their compulsory placement year or as an internship during the summer.

You can search for placement opportunities on MyCareerHub, or you can find a placement using your own contacts or by conducting research online.

There are two main types of funding available to help you cover the expense of an overseas placement - Erasmus+ and the Global Horizons Fund.

You can also use the ‘GoinGlobal Overseas Job Vacancy System’ in MyCareerHub to search for overseas job opportunities.

Your funding options

Erasmus+ for work

Erasmus+ funding is for placements that are two months or longer and take place in the European Economic Area (EEA).

Global Horizons Fund

The Global Horizons Fund is designed to help you financially if you undertake an overseas study exchange or work placement outside of the EEA. 

Eligibility criteria for funding

There are certain critieria you must meet to be eligible for funding through Erasmus+ or the Global Horizons Fund.

  • Your placement must have been approved by your faculty's Employability Coordinator on MyCareerHub
  • Your placement does not take place in your country of origin
  • Your application for funding must be submitted prior to the start of your work placement and in some cases, several months in advance.

Please note that additional eligibility criteria may apply depending on the funding strand. You can find more details about this, and how to apply for funding, on the Erasmus+ and Global Horizons Fund pages.