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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 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.)
  • 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.

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.


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.