Students looking for work, volunteering and short term study placements are responsible for finding a suitable placement before applying for the grant.
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In order to be eligible for Go Abroad funding students must find placements that meet the following criteria:
- The placement must be hosted by an organisation
- It should include a structured programme activity
- It should be relevant to your degree or future career
- The placement has to take place outside of the UK
International students cannot undertake a placement in their home country
- Host organisations must have processes in place to manage the risks of Covid-19
How to find an international placement
Think about your objectives
- What do you want to do – study, work, volunteering, a virtual placement?
- What skills and experience are you looking to gain? More guidance.
- What kind of placement would suit me?
- Where in the world would you like to go?
- What are the local attitudes, what support is in place, what languages do I want to learn?
- Start researching
- Ask your department if they can suggest possible hosts through research collaborations or networks
- Speak to the Careers Service for guidance on identifying and approaching potential hosts
- Get in touch directly with an organisation that you are interested in working with
- Read the advice on the international volunteering page
- Read our blog on how to find a placement
The following websites are useful starting points to research working or volunteering abroad:
- erasmusintern.org - a website that advertises internships across Europe.
- eurodesk.org.uk - Eurodesk
- europa.eu - European Solidarity Core
- aiesec.org - AIESEC is a non-political, independent, not-for-profit organisation run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. They offer volunteer placements and internships worldwide
- ivsgb.org/long-term-volunteering - IVS is the UK member of Service Civil International (SCI), a worldwide network of like-minded branches and partner organisations supporting the mutual exchange of volunteers to work on projects of direct benefit to local communities. They offer affordable and grassroots volunteer opportunities worldwide
- bunac.org - work abroad, summer camp and volunteering
- globalchoices.co.uk - casual and professional work abroad
- globalplacement.com - placements and internships website, searchable by location and sector/profession
- ihipo.com - international jobs and internships, both paid and unpaid
- internjobs.com - Intern Jobs - global database of internships
- istplus.com - IST Plus - professional internships around the world + teaching
- summerjobs.com - Summer Jobs - summer jobs and seasonal positions worldwide
Once you have found a placement we can help with funding to cover the travel and living costs of working or volunteering abroad.
Some of the options you could apply for funding for include:
International Summer Schools
Universities around the world organise summer schools for international students. You could apply for funding to study at one of our partner universities. Some examples of courses they offer are below:
|Freie Universitat Berlin||Germany||http://www.fubis.org/|
|HKU University of the Arts Utrecht||The Netherlands||utrechtsummerschool.nl|
|Humboldt University Berlin||Germany||huwisu.de|
|Pazmany Peter Catholic University||Hungary||ppke.hu/en/international/summer-school|
|Trinity College Dublin||Ireland||Samuel Beckett Summer School: tcd.ie|
|University of Amsterdam||The Netherlands||https://gsss.uva.nl/summer-programmes/summer-programmes.html|
|University of Bologna||Italy||unibo.it|
|University of Copenhagen||Denmark||economics.ku.dk/studyeconomics/summer-schools/|
|University of Gothenburg||Sweden||gu.se/en/study-in-gothenburg/exchange-student/summer-school-for-sustainability-on-campus-2022|
|University of Malta||Malta||https://www.um.edu.mt/studentlife/internationalopportunities/erasmus/incoming|
|University of Trento||Italy||unitn.it
You will need to be nominated by Goldsmiths for the Trento Psychology summer school. Apply by 29 March via our summer study placements page.
|University of Vienna||Austria||https://international.univie.ac.at/en/student-mobility/incoming-students/|
|University of Zagreb||Croatia||unizg.hr|
Fees and application deadlines vary.
Foreign Language courses
The best way to learn a language is to study it in a country where it is spoken. You could study Spanish in Spain or South America, Italian in Italy or Arabic in Egypt or Morocco. Apply for funding to help with the costs. Below are some examples of reputable language courses you might want to consider:
German courses at the Goethe Institut – find out more at goethe.de
French courses at the Alliance Francaise – They run French language courses in a number of cities around the world and in France, for example in Toulouse and Paris.
In the past we have sent a student from Theatre and Performance on an acting course in Los Angeles, a Computing student to a Hackathon in Berlin, and a Psychology student to a week-long training programme. Find similar opportunities and apply for funding now.
Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance: The Confucius Institute provides scholarships for Goldsmiths students to experience Chinese culture in person.
Other opportunities in Germany
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers funding for a variety of courses for both graduate and postgraduate students.
Opportunities in China
Exciting opportunities to study in China are offered through the Confuscius Institute Scholarship which can fund eligible undergraduate students to study in China. The Beijing Municipal Government Scholarship aims to fully or partially fund undergraduate and postgraduate students to study in China.
There is also the opportunity for an International Language Teachers Scholarship for non-Chinese citizens with some proficiency in Mandarin. This is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Students can study in China for four weeks over the summer. Please email Confucius (@gold.ac.uk) if interested in applying.