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Work Abroad

Working abroad can be a very rewarding and enriching experience. It can allow you to improve your linguistic skills, enhance your work prospects, meet new people and experience new cultures.

Getting Started

Finding opportunities in different countries will require effort and research on your part. This section provides information, advice and links to help you to get started.

  • TARGETjobs - In partnership with AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) find information on working and living abroad in specific countries; including language requirements, where you can work, job hunting tips, application methods and visa basics.
  • Prospects – The working abroad section of this website provides comprehensive coverage of over 50 countries, with links to other relevant websites and resources.
  • Going Global - This database provides country specific career information, vacancies, employer directories/profiles and country guides.
  • Venture - For gap year options (including volunteering, backpacking and working holidays), work opportunities abroad, visa information, advice on job hunting, info on countries with no tuition fees and top universities around the world. Username: Loughborough; Password: 0103epinal3tu
  • UK Trade & Investment - This is a government organisation devoted to helping British business to export their products and services overseas.  The site provides useful country profiles.

What can I do abroad?

Teaching

Teaching abroad is a great way of doing voluntary work or getting paid to see the world.  Some counties will expect you to have some kind of teaching qualification, whereas others may employ you without it. See our Teach abroad information (link below) about teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). 

Volunteering

You can work as a volunteer all over the world. There are a wide range of opportunities in a diverse range of areas from conservation and the environment, education and arts to support for children and families. Projects can last from a week to several years. 

Graduate opportunities including placements and internships.

There are many opportunities available for graduates overseas.  You will need to consider the type of work you are interested in, the countries you would like to work in, the pay and whether you require a visa. The country specific information on the Prospects website can provide a good starting point.

Opportunities for researchers

There are opportunities abroad for researchers in academic research and in non-academic positions.

Student Exchanges

Loughborough University is part of the Erasmus scheme, a European Union exchange programme which provides students with the opportunity to study abroad at other European Universities as part of their course.  The University also has a limited number of student exchange places with other international institutional partners in Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and the USA.  Have a look at the Erasmus and International Exchanges pages for further information.