With the global pandemic restricting travel, it may seem impossible to gain international experience. In fact, there are a number of opportunities that will allow you to bring the world into your home.
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Students can apply for funding to cover the cost of a virtual global opportunity. Examples include virtual study abroad and exchanges, remote internships or online professional development courses with a global focus. Ideally, they should involve interacting virtually with participants from across the world.
Why go abroad virtually
In an increasingly digital world, virtual global opportunities support you to gain vital skills and expertise to succeed in the international workplace.
They can help develop communication skills, intercultural awareness and confidence giving real-life and relevant experience to demonstrate to future employers on your CV and in applications.
Read about some of our previous students’ experiences taking part in virtual opportunities.
Who can apply
This opportunity is available to all full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students. You must be in good academic standing and must not be in debt to Goldsmiths.
Priority will be given to students who meet our widening participation criteria and those who have not already received Goldsmiths or Santander Universities funding.
Finding a virtual global opportunity
Watch this goabroad.com webinar for tips on what to consider when looking for a virtual global opportunity.
Virtual global opportunities can include online summer schools, online language courses, virtual internship, professional development courses, or online volunteering. We have listed some opportunities below, but there are lots of others available.
Lots of universities are currently offering online courses over the summer. These courses are an excellent opportunity to meet students from around the world and engage deeply in a specific subject area.
- Online German language courses
- Online subject courses such as: ‘Europe, Migration, Refugees’; ‘History of European Art’; ‘Economic Ethics: Can the market be moral?’; ‘Communication and Cooperation across Culture at a Distance’.
Courses generally cost between €800 - €1200. More information is available on the FU Berlin website.
University of Amsterdam
- Online subject courses such as: ‘Epidemics and Social Science: a Holistic Approach’; ‘Migration and Integration: Refugees, Rights & Realities’; ‘Summer Institute on Addiction’; ‘Multilateralism, Globalization & Corporate Diplomacy’
Fees vary. More information is available on the University of Amsterdam website.
- 10-day online summer school: ‘Europe Inside Out’
- Open to postgraduates and final year undergraduates. Applicants should be from relevant areas of study, e.g. Arts, Economics & Business, Law or Social Sciences
The course is €500 for students from partner institutions. More information available on the KU Leuven website.
University of Geneva
- Online summer courses in ‘Children at the Heart of Human Rights’; ‘Digital Law’; ‘Foresight and Digital Technologies’; ‘Global Citizenship Education’; and ‘Sustainability Transitions & Resilience: Design, Diplomacy and Data’
Fees vary. More information is available on the University of Geneva website.
University of Copenhagen
- Online summer course: ‘Privacy challenged in past, present and future: a multi-disciplinary approach’. This course will take place from 9 August to 20 August 2021, and costs approximately £460. More information is available on the University of Copenhagen website
European Studies Summer School
- Online summer course: ‘Crisis and Power Shifts inside and outside of Europe’. You can participate in this course in the July class (5 – 23 July) or the August class (2 – 20 August). More information is available on the European studies website
Singapore Management University
- Online summer school themed ‘Asian Insights’ taking place between 28 June and 23 July. Find out more on the SMU website
Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona – Barcelona International Summer School
- UPF are offering multiple summer school courses online, including ‘Health and Wellbeing Consequences of Demographic Changes’, ‘Law and Economics – Why should we obey?’, ‘Modern Statistical Computing in R’, and ‘Music and Applied Neuroscience’. Find out more on the UPF website
Online modules that are taught by an in-country guide. Recreating the experience of studying abroad through virtual teaching.
Find out more on the EEAbroad website.
Several online module options, including a virtual internship option.
Classes cost $1,125. More information is available on the IFSA-Butler website.
- Alliance Francaise: Online French language courses. Find out more on the Alliance Francaise website
- Institut Linguistique Adenet: Online French language courses. Find out more on the ILA website
- Goethe Institut: Online German language courses. Find out more on the Goethe Institut website
- Cervantes: Online Spanish language courses. Find out more on the Cervantes website
- Universidad Pablo de Olavide: complete a Spanish course online this May. Find out more on the UPO website
- Dostoevsky Omsk State University: online Russian language learning. Find out more on the OMSU website
- University of Haifa: online intensive beginners Arabic class. Find out more on the Haifa website
Free opportunity – Intercultural Fluency course
All Goldsmiths students have free access to an Intercultural Fluency skill course, via Pagoda Projects. This course focuses on 'work readiness' in a post-pandemic world, and will help you develop vital intercultural communication skills necessary for an international workplace.
The deadline to register is 30 April 2021, and you can complete the course at your own pace throughout the remainder of the academic year. You will be awarded a certificate upon completion. Please note there is no funding available for this course as it is a free opportunity.
Tips for finding your own placement
The following website are hubs for online courses including from universities around the world
Many international education providers are also offering virtual internships. These often come with a participation fee.
You may also wish to approach companies who you are interested in working for and seeing if they might offer you a paid internship.
Please also take a look at the Go Abroad blog to see the virtual opportunities students participated in last summer.
The activity must be delivered by an organisation and should take place between 27 March and 30 September 2021. It should meet the following criteria:
- Be relevant to your future career
- Include live learning or interaction e.g. with students, colleagues, course leaders, lecturers, internship managers
- Develop an understanding of different approaches and attitudes from around the world
- Develop skills to make you more employable in particular in an international setting, e.g. intercultural communication and collaboration, problem-solving
- Delivered by an organisation from outside of the UK
- The opportunity to work on a shared project in teams virtually with an end product
- Alignment to your studies
- Use of technology for joint working/studying
Funding is provided by Goldsmiths and Santander Universities and is available to cover the placement fees charged by a virtual global opportunity:
- Up to £500 for all students
- Up to £1,500 for students who meet the widening participation criteria
How to apply
- Find a virtual global opportunity you would like to participate in (see guidance above). Opportunities must meet our eligibility criteria to be able to apply for funding
- Apply for funding
- Applications are considered on a monthly basis by a review panel. We will contact you to confirm if your application has been successful or unsuccessful
- If your application is successful you will be required to complete some paperwork before your funding can be paid. We pay 80% of the funding upfront. At the end of your opportunity, you will be required to submit some final paperwork before you can be paid the remaining 20% of your funding
Applications are considered by a panel on a rolling basis, with a deadline on the first day of each month (1 March, 1 April, 1 May etc.). The last deadline is 1 August. We will confirm the outcome of your application within two weeks of the deadline.
We recommend that you apply for funding two months in advance of the start of your opportunity. This is to ensure that there is enough time to complete pre-placement paperwork and process funding payments. If you apply less than two months before the start date of your opportunity then we cannot guarantee that your funding will be paid before you start.
If you meet our widening participation criteria please submit your application using the Santander Becas portal. You will be eligible to receive up to £1,500 of funding. Please note you must register on the Becas portal before you are able to access the application form.
If you do not meet our widening participation criteria please submit your application via this online form. You will be eligible to receive up to £500 of funding.