External opportunities abroad

Widen your international experience with opportunities to teach, work, study and volunteer overseas.

These programmes are not organised or funded by NTU. You should research the opportunities and apply directly to the institution.

You can email NTU Global for advice and support.


Chinese Language Group Summer School (two weeks) | Short, summer courses and languages | Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Learn something new this summer. Choose from a wide range of short summer courses including:

  • Chinese language (Mandarin)
  • business classes.

You'll also experience one of the world’s most important economies.

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  • Global Volunteer — make a real impact on a community in the developing world.
  • Global Teach — teach abroad and impact a life.
  • Global Talent — kickstart your career.

AIESEC offers schemes facilitated by student members. This helps produce the best exchanges possible across the world. It connects students to:

  • 6 to 8-week volunteering projects
  • paid international teaching placements, running from 3 to 18 months, for final year students and recent graduates
  • paid international internship experiences lasting from 3 to 18 months.

There is a programme fee of £450 if successfully placed.

Visit the AIESEC website.


Work, intern, and volunteer abroad. BUNAC offers a range of exciting work abroad and volunteer abroad programmes


  • Make Australia, Canada or New Zealand your new home for up to two years.
  • Find your summer job in America.


  • Gain qualifications with our TEFL China Programme.
  • Get a professional internship in Australia or New Zealand for 1 to 6 months.
  • Get a professional internship in the USA for 1 to 12 months.


  • Teach in the Indian Himalayas.
  • Help with wildlife conservation in Kruger National Park.
  • Coach sports in South Africa.

Visit the BUNAC website

CRCC Asia international internship programme in either China, Japan, Vietnam or South Korea

CRCC Asia has launched a range of internships. These offer valuable work experience in the following exciting locations:  

  • China
  • Japan
  • Vietnam
  • South Korea.

Programmes last from one to three months. The internship programme fee varies depending on destination. It includes:

  • pre-departure support
  • accommodation
  • cultural and business events
  • airport pick-up
  • SIM card
  • metro card
  • 24-hour emergency support.

Those wishing to apply should apply directly to CRCC Asia via an online application form.

Visit the CCRC Asia website

Millennium Fellowship

The United Nations Academic Impact and MCN proudly present the Millennium Fellowship. It's a semester-long leadership development program on your campus. It's intended to take your social impact to the next level. Access to world-class training, connections and recognition is just an application away.

Take your social impact to the next level and be an undergraduate leader. Find more details and apply. The programme will run from August to November 2023.

​Applications for the Class of 2023 are open to undergraduate students around the world. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

The general application deadline is usually March 31.

The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) UK

IAESTE is managed by the British Council. It offers a range of paid traineeships in over 80 countries. This cutting-edge work experience is available to undergraduate students in:

  • science
  • engineering
  • technology
  • applied arts.

The traineeships run from 6 to 12 weeks during the summer and up to a maximum of one year. A fee is payable once you match. You'll earn a salary while on placement. This will cover accommodation and living costs.

Visit the IAESTE UK website


Summer Internship Program in Kashiwa

The University of Tokyo offers a seven-week summer programme. It provides hands-on research internship programme in the departments of:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Studies
  • Information Technology
  • International Studies
  • Materials Sciences
  • Advanced Energy
  • Ocean Science
  • Physics
  • Sustainability Science Studies.

There are two programmes:

  • Program A runs from the 29 May to 14 July.
  • Program B runs from the 19 June to 4 August.

Students will pay participation fee of ¥50,000. UTokyo provides a UTSIP scholarship of ¥130,000 and accommodation  to participants.

Apply by 16 January 2023.

Visit the University of Tokyo website


Vulcanus is a training programme for EU engineering or science students. It offers 12-month industrial placements from September to August. Students must enrol in at least Year Four of study.

The programme includes:

  • a one-week seminar
  • a four-month Japanese language course
  • an eight-month traineeship in a Japanese company.

A grant of ¥1,900,000 is available to cover accommodation, return travel to Japan, and living expenses. Applications open in November and close on 20 January for the September 2023 to August 2024 programme.

Find out more about the Vulcanus training programme

Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme (JET)

JET is an opportunity for recent graduates. You'll work as an assistant English language teacher in schools across Japan. This is a one-year contract which starts in July or August.

Your annual salary will cover your:

  • rent
  • pension contributions
  • insurance.

Air travel and visa costs are paid on the presumption that you will fulfil the terms of your contract.

No prior knowledge of teaching or Japanese is required. Applications usually close in November for the following years programme.

Visit the JET website

Daiwa Scholarship

A unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement, and homestay in Japan. It follows a month of Japanese language tuition in the UK.

This scholarship will cover your:

  • tuition
  • accommodation
  • living costs
    economy-class travel to and from Japan.

To apply you must be:

  • a British citizen
  • aged between 21 and 35
  • a graduate, or due to graduate a time of departure.

The application deadline is usually the 1 December.

Find out more about the Daiwa Scholarship

USA and Canada

BUTEX UK Scholarships

The BUTEX UK Scholarships are available to students studying abroad. You must be abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. Scholarship awards are £500. They're paid to successful students on arrival and registration at their host university. These scholarships are open to undergraduate students who have been:

  • offered a study abroad or exchange place that is not eligible for an ERASMUS grant.

The application deadline is usually in October each year.

Visit the BUTEX website

Frank Knox Fellowships

Up to six fellowships are available for graduate students from the UK. Each of them is worth at least $32,000, plus tuition and health service fees, per annum.

You'll study for up to two consecutive years in one of the Faculties of Harvard. The competition is open to British citizens. You must be normally resident in the UK at the time of application.

Applications open in August and close in October.

Visit the Frank Knox Fellowships website

Fullbright Summer Institute

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders are intensive short-term academic programs which intend to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.

The Institutes consist of a four-week academic residency with a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  There is also opportunity for site visits, leadership development, cultural activities, and community service to complement the coursework and academic sessions.  Each Institute has 20 participants from all over Europe.

Programmes consist of a balanced series of:

  • interactive classroom activities
  • discussions
  • lectures
  • readings
  • site visits
  • workshops
  • leadership development activities
  • community service

The Institutes are fully funded, with all participant costs covered, including:

  • return air fare and some domestic travel allowances
  • tuition
  • housing and meals in shared university accommodation
  • small daily allowance
  • health and accident insurance, although pre-existing conditions won't be covered
  • if the program is conducted virtually a technology stipend will be provided to all participants

To apply, you must be between 18 and 25 years of age, a permanent  UK resident, have at least one year of study remaining after the institute finishes, and have little or no prior experience in the United States or outside of Europe.

Applications open in October and close16 December,

Visit the Fullbright website

Thouron Award or Penn State Scholarship

This is an opportunity for graduates. You'll study at one of the University of Pennsylvania's 12 graduate schools for up to 2 years.

The Thouron Award pays:

  • full tuition
  • fees
  • insurance
  • an annual stipend to cover living costs.

This is a very competitive scholarship. It opens in August each and year and closes on 1 November.

Visit the Thouron Award website


Artistic collaboration in Kenya — Summer 2023

Explore African music, art and performance this summer. Study Abroad EDU Africa is offering the opportunity to spend four weeks in Limuru, Kenya. This includes a weekend wildlife safari excursion into the Maasai Mara region.

The programme runs from 23 July to 20 August 2023. It's preceded by one week of virtual programming in two sections — 3 to 6 July and 10 to 12 July.

You'll collaborate with local performers in the areas of:

  • art
  • music
  • theatre performance.

You'll create a presentation around a current social issue in Kenyan communities.

The programme is ideal for students who are:

  • in the visual or performing arts, and
  • culturally aware and open-minded.

This opportunity costs US$5,280. That includes room, board, tuition, and scheduled activities. A £500 travel scholarship may be available to help you with the cost. Find out more about mobility funding.

Applications close on 1 June 2023.

Find out more about artistic collaboration in Kenya.

Ecology and conservation in Kenya

Spend four weeks in Kenya with Study Abroad EDU Africa. This programme is ideal if you have a background in:

  • environmental science
  • conservation biology
  • agro-ecology
  • horticulture
  • development studies
  • wildlife studies
  • any related subjects.

If you're interested in conservation in Kenya, join this programme and study:

  • forestry and agro-forestry
  • ecological restoration and monitoring techniques
  • indigenous vegetation and biodiversity
  • wetlands health and ecosystems services.

This opportunity costs US$5,105. That includes room, board, tuition, and scheduled activities. A £500 travel scholarship may be available to help you with the cost. Find out more about mobility funding.

Applications close on 25 May 2023.

Find out more about ecology and conservation in Kenya.

Maasai Mara conservation internship

Join this eight-week internship in the Maasai Mara. It's presented by Study Abroad EDU Africa.

It runs from 5 June to the 6 August 2023. From 5 to 9 June, you'll take part in the virtual element of the programme. You'll then be in-country from 18 June to 6 August. You'll be based at our Brackenhurst learning centre, and then in the Maasai Mara.

You should have a background in:

  • environmental science
  • conservation biology
  • agro-ecology
  • horticulture
  • development studies
  • wildlife studies
  • other related subjects.

You should also be culturally aware and open-minded.

This opportunity costs US$6,545. A £500 travel scholarship may be available to help you with the cost. Find out more about mobility funding.

Applications close on 15 April 2023.

Find out more about the Maasai Mara conservation internship.

Rest of the world

British Council English Language Assistants 2021/22

Now's the perfect time to make plans for your year ahead. The global English Language Assistants programme is now in its 115th year. It offers paid placements for UK students and graduates to teach English. There are 15 destinations to choose from. See the world, develop your skills, and boost your CV. Apply by 1 February 2023.

Visit the British Council English Language website

The Intern Group Global Internship Programme

The Global Internship Programme takes place all year round. It's designed for comprehensive professional and personal development. It combines first-class professional experience with cultural immersion and community. You'll gain the professional experience, skills, knowledge and network you need to succeed.

The programme spans all career fields, from finance to fashion and everything between. Internships last from four weeks up to six months. They're partnered with broad variety of organisations. These range from some of the most prestigious in the world through to start-ups.

The programme includes:

  • accommodation
  • professional development workshops
  • cultural events
  • transportation
  • visas
  • 24/7 support
  • an international network of students and professionals.

Visit The Intern Group website

  • Last updated: 14/12/2022