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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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 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. 

Summer schools

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.

FU Berlin

  • 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.

KU Leuven

  • 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.

Augsburg University

Augsburg are offering a wide range of online courses this summer, such as 'Apartheid, Mandela, and Post-Apartheid Southern Africa' and 'Citizen Participation within a Globalised Economy'.

Courses are $500 for the non-credit option. Find out more on the Augsburg University website.

Language courses

  • 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.

Sign up now on the Pagoda website.

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.

Eligibility Criteria 

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:

How to apply

  1. 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
  2. Apply for funding
  3. 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
  4. 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

Check out our guidance on how to submit a good application.

Application deadlines

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.

Applications are now closed

Applications are now closed. Please sign up for the Global Opportunities newsletter to keep updated about future opportunities.