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Work Abroad

Working abroad can be a very rewarding and enriching experience. It will help you to continue developing many more transferable skills, such as communication, curiosity, creativity and critical thinking, and you will pick up knowledge of other countries and cultures and become more confident, open-minded and self-aware. These skills can be applied to a wide range of different jobs, activities and industries and are highly sought after by future employers. While you are busy broadening your horizons, you will acquire some great life-skills for the future.

Getting Started

Things to consider

Below are some useful websites which provide information, advice and links to help you get started so that you can prepare mentally, financially, and physically and make the most of the opportunity:


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  • GoinGlobal - This database provides 180+ pages of in-depth career advice from local employment experts in the relevant country. Topics include: Job search resources, hiring trends, industry overviews, professional and social networking groups, work permit and visa regulations, financial considerations, resume/cv guidelines, interview tips and cultural advice.. (To access this you will be asked to log in again and you will need to be connected to the University Network, either on campus or via the VPN.)
  • 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.


You can also read our Cultural Awareness section at the bottom of this page.


Finding opportunities abroad

The below websites can provide access to a range of different types of opportunities abroad.

  • GoinGlobal - This database provides vacancies and employer directories/profiles as well as country specific career information and country guides. (To access this you will be asked to log in again and you will need to be connected to the University Network, either on campus or via the VPN.)
  • Prospects – Visit their 'Working abroad' section (within the Jobs and Work Experience area) to find comprehensive coverage of over 50 countries on visas, language requirements, and where to look for jobs abroad as well as links to other relevant websites and resources.
  • Target Connect * - Loughborough University's own vacancy system has thousands of graduate jobs, placements, internships, part time work and voluntary roles a year. 
  • Jobboard Finder - This site offers access to over 932 job boards in over 244 countries.
  • Jooble - Searching jobs around the world.
  • EURES - The European Job Mobility Portal, for help and advice searching for work within Europe.

*PLEASE NOTE - whilst we do our utmost to evaluate each role advertised via Target Connect please assess each opportunity carefully and consider whether or not your personal circumstances will be affected by taking up the opportunity. Whilst we have made every effort to check the roles advertised, we cannot always guarantee their authenticity*

What can I do abroad?

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.

Summer Internships & Turing Funding

There are a host of exciting summer internships abroad to apply for – all of which will give you invaluable global employability skills and widen your cultural experience. 

PLUS: Funding available!  Did you know that if you successfully secure work abroad you could apply for Turing Funding to help cover your travel and day to day costs while abroad?   For more information contact:

You can also find useful practical advise and support about visas, finance and insurance as well as how you can improve your language skills on the Exchanges pages.


Talent Match Global: Opportunities & Insights of work abroad 

Developed to give you access to a variety of virtual internships and in-person work experiences with organisations based around the world.  These are designed specifically to give you access and insights of the workplace abroad, as well as develop employability skills sought after by employers.

Our schemes provide different experiences:

VIRTUAL INTERNSHIPS:  Open for applications - access here!                                       Paid short-term virtual internship experiences (50 hours), working with companies abroad on a project or tasks, increasing your employability by gaining valuable global skills and experience. Open to all 1st & 2nd year undergraduates from any discipline and taking place July - September 2024.

IN-PERSON SUMMER INTERNSHIPS:  Open for applications - access here!                  Paid in-person internships (150 hours) located abroad working with companies at their offices on a project or tasks, increasing your employability by gaining valuable global skills and experience. Open to 1st & 2nd year undergraduates from any year or discipline and taking place July - August 2024.


Additional Opportunities

Check out some more opportunities below which will be updated regularly.  Underneath the table you'll also find a list of useful websites to search for opportunities:

Job Title Company Location Deadline to apply
Part time Analyst (ref: MK67L) IPwe Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hongkong, Tokyo, Paris, Munich, Dallas, and New York 28 April 2024
OECD Internship Programme (OECD) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Paris Ongoing
Marketing & Strategy Internship 2024 King Barcelona Ongoing
Financial Economics Internship 2024 Compass Lexecon Madrid Ongoing
Data Science Internship Amsterdam 2024 Optiver Amsterdam Ongoing
Technology Internship Programme 2024  Marshall Wace New York Ongoing
Account Analyst Internship Munich 2024 PIMCO Munich Ongoing


Additional Vacancy websites to search:

NOTE: Some Summer internships may require language skills and be unpaid.  In addition, some providers who organise summer internships on behalf of employers often charge a fee to take part. We strongly recommend you carefully read the details to understand what is involved.

Prospects – List of countries each of which has links to opportunities


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Teaching abroad is a great way of doing voluntary work or getting paid to see the world.  Some countries will expect you to have some kind of teaching qualification, whereas others may employ you without it.

See our Teach Abroad information (link at the bottom of the page) about teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). 


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. 

Opportunities for researchers

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