Virtual Global Opportunities

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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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 Sarah’s experience of an Erasmus Virtual Exchange.

Watch this webinar for tips on what to consider when looking for a virtual global opportunity.

Virtual Study Abroad

Build your international skills with online study. Areas you might consider could be:

  • Global Citizenship
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Foreign languages
  • International business and entrepreneurship
  • Virtual Study Abroad placements

Online universities and websites

Here are some examples of international universities or study abroad providers offering online study abroad. Do check out the websites of other universities from around the world to see what they have on offer:

The following websites are hubs for online courses including from universities around the world:

Virtual internships or volunteering

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 virtual internship. and may give some ideas on the kinds of opportunities available.

Erasmus virtual exchange

Join students from around Europe to discuss topical issues.

This includes the Social Circles programme where students will discuss areas such as:

  • How to balance local culture and globalization? 3-14 August

Participation is free. Find out more and apply now.

Santander funded virtual experiences

The Santander Becas portal includes a number of virtual international opportunities.


Applications for funding for virtual global opportunities are now closed.

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