Working is a great way to boost your employability and gain valuable international experience.
This page provides information on working as part of your year abroad.
If you are not able to do a year abroad, you could still spend some time working or doing an internship overseas during the University holidays. We work with several partner organisations who offer placements abroad during the summer holidays. Find out more here.
Who can go
You can apply to work abroad for a year if you are a Modern Languages student, or are undertaking a course which includes a Year in Industry.
Make it happen
Find out how to secure a work placement abroad and what to do when you are overseas.
Finding a placement
Finding a placement is your responsibility, but the university can offer support.
Our Careers Service provides help and advice on finding work abroad. Discover more about the exciting work and study opportunities outside the UK.
Last year, students participated in almost 300 work placements for companies such as Christie's in France, Deloitte in Germany and the Coca Cola Group in Spain.
If you are a Modern Languages student, your Language Director will be able to help and advise you in finding a work placement.
If you are applying for a placement:
- within the EU - you should be able to participate in the Erasmus+ programme which provides grant funding to help with the costs of your year abroad
- outside the EU - be aware that there is no additional funding automatically available and this will limit the amount of funding you can receive from Student Finance.
See our advice on fees, funding and budgeting.
How to apply
School of Modern Languages
- Complete a School of Modern Languages Work Abroad Form and return it to the relevant Language Director from your department by the end of the autumn term.
- Your Language Director will then confirm that they approve you to work abroad.
- From December 2018 you will be able to register your plans with us, the Global Opportunities team via our online registration form.
Year in Industry
Generally students will need to achieve at least a 60% average in their first year to apply for industrial placements, but you need to verify the requirements with your Year in Industry Co-ordinator.
Depending on your department, you may need to find your placement independently, or you may be able to find a position via existing research collaborations.
Once your plan to complete a placement overseas is confirmed, contact us to confirm how you should register this with our team.
Before you go
Complete the Go Abroad Guide on the Global Opportunities Blackboard which will give you lots of information on all aspects of your year abroad.
- Get adequate insurance for your placement. Normally this is the European Health Insurance Card and travel insurance, unless your job/company demands extra cover.
- Give us your completed form by the end of the summer term.
When you arrive
Check Blackboard for any paperwork you are required to complete.
While you are away
Changes to your placement
Contact us as soon as possible - and make sure you let your department know - about any significant changes to the nature of your job, or any problems you experience.
Shortening your work placement
You can shorten the length of your placement if your host company agrees to it, but be aware that this will have implications for your grant if you are participating in the Erasmus+ programme.
Extending your work placement
You can extend the length of your placement if your host company agrees to it.
Withdraw from your work placement
If you want to withdraw from your placement, contact us as soon as possible for advice.
Keeping in contact
Keep in regular contact with your department and personal tutor while you are away.
Check your email
Check your University of Bristol email account regularly. This is the address we use to contact you.