Finding international placements

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

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

Useful links

Work and volunteering abroad

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.

Summer study opportunities

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 example of courses they offer are below:

UniversityCountryMore information
Freie Universitat Berlin Germany http://www.fubis.org/
Cologne University Germany

https://portal.uni-koeln.de/en/cologne-summer-schools

HKU University of the Arts Utrecht The Netherlands utrechtsummerschool.nl
Humboldt University Berlin Germany huwisu.de
KU Leuven Belgium kuleuven.be
Pazmany Peter Catholic University Hungary https://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 Helsinki Finland helsinkisummerschool.fi
Not running in 2021
University of Luxembourg Luxembourg uliss.uni.lu
Not running in 2021
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.

Training

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.

Cultural programmes

Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance: The Confucius Institute provides scholarships for Goldsmiths students to experience Chinese culture in person.

The Study China programme - spend three weeks at a Chinese University over the summer Find out more at studychina.org.uk.

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.