Other opportunities

There are other programmes that you can also consider, which enable you to study/work abroad for up to a year.

China Internships 

Generation UK is a new three year campaign that aims for over 15,000 UK students to participate in study abroad or internship programmes in China by 2016. The campaign seeks to actively promote UK outward mobility to China, including the benefits of studying and working abroad.

The objective is to help create as wide a range of opportunities as possible, to help young people in the UK develop global mindsets and boost their employability.

Fulbright Summer Institute Programmes

The Summer Institutes are designed to give British students with little foreign travel experience the opportunity to live and study (for up to five weeks) at a top US higher education institution alongside students from other European countries.

The Fulbright Commission, in partnership with the US Department of State, is thrilled offers two exciting and unique study abroad summer programmes. 

These programmes will run in 2014 and are especially aimed at students with a passion for business or the environment and the desire to experience another culture first-hand.  However, the institutes are open to students in all courses of study.

  • Summer Institute on Social Entrepreneurship
  • Summer Institute on Environmental Stewardship

The Fulbright US Summer Institute on Social Entrepreneurship will offer participants the opportunity to learn and gain practical experience with basic business skills and social entrepreneurship while receiving an introduction to American business and culture.

The Fulbright US Summer Institute on Environmental Stewardship will explore current themes in environmental studies, which may include natural resource management, sustainable development/sustainable agricultural practices, food security, ecotourism, energy generation (new and traditional forms) and water management and treatment.
In addition to the academic focus of each institute, the programmes are intended to introduce European students to US higher education and society. The institutes will include cultural activities that allow students to become familiar with their American host community.
UK participants will be joined at their US institution by students from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden, making the Summer Institutes a true global education experience.

The Summer Institutes cover all participant costs including:

  • Round-trip airfare from the UK to the US
  • Tuition and fees at the host university
  • Accommodation and meals; a small daily allowance
  • Health and accident insurance
  • A small book allowance
  • Visa processing

Individuals from a broad range of ethnic, religious, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All participants must be at least 18 years old.
For further information contact the US-UK Fulbright Commission or visit the Fulbright Commission website.

IAESTE Placements

Are you currently in further or higher education and doing a science, engineering, technology or applied arts related course? If so, you may be interested in spending 6-52 weeks working abroad under the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience programme.

Please remember that application deadlines are dealt with at country level. The official British Council IAESTE website is full of useful information.

Study China

Study China provides a three-week study experience in Chinese language, culture and business. Interaction with Chinese students, academic staff, local families and businesses is structured into a programme of accredited language courses, academic modules, workshops, trips and excursions.

Study China Programme is managed by The University of Manchester and funded by the department for Business, Innovation and Skills. All tuition and accommodation fees are funded, students finance their own travel costs and additionally there are a small number of bursaries which can be applied for.

Study India

For more information about this programme, please visit the official Study India Programme site, where you can register your interest and be kept informed of similar opportunities.

Study USA

Study USA (SUSA) is a scholarship to study business related subjects at a US College for one academic year. The programme is administered by the Department for Employment and Learning and delivered by the British Council.

Study USA aims to equip Northern Irish students with international experience and essential business skills and to raise the profile of Northern Ireland in the United States.
An online application form will be hosted on the Study USA website.

Please download our most recent Study USA presentation here.

Study Work Create

"Open your eyes to a world of international opportunity with Study Work Create. This is the British Council's go-to site for the chance to travel and work abroad or in the UK, develop your creativity and increase your chances of finding a job."

Thailand English Teaching Programme

The British Council and the Ministry of Education in Thailand are once again running the 'Thailand English Teaching Programme' (TET) in 2014 to help improve the English language skills of children in Thai schools and develop cultural links between Thailand and the UK.

This is a great opportunity for undergraduates or recently graduated UK University students to come to Thailand for placements in schools and colleges in order to gain valuable work and life experience and learn about the unique culture of Thailand.

Following successful programmes in 2012, 2013 and 2014 the British Council have agreed with the Ministry of Education of Thailand to run an expanded project in 2015. From June to August, we will bring 300 students from the UK to work in Thai schools. You can find out about how to apply for this year's programme below. As in previous years, the initial recruitment will be managed by participating UK Universities and Higher Education Institutions. 

For a flavour of what to expect from the TET programme, have a look at two previous teaching assistants blog posts, Charlotte Ogilvie and Tomas Badger.
For more details on the programme, the role of English Teaching Assistants, what skills you will learn and if you are eligible to apply, see here.

Washington Ireland Programme

For over 19 years, WIP has supported the peace and reconciliation efforts in Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Identifying young people with a commitment to service and a track record of leadership, we build their skills through work experience, educational opportunity and hands-on citizenship both at home and in the US.
Through these efforts, WIP is building the next generation of leaders that will achieve a peaceful, stable and prosperous future for Northern Ireland and Ireland.

The Washington Ireland Program (WIP) is a prestigious and competitive program that provides the opportunity for students from the island of Ireland to engage in leadership development through a summer internship experience in Washington DC. For more information about the program and how to apply please see the following presentations.
Further information can be found in the FAQs. Please check back for the call for applications for WIP 2015.