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Working or Studying Overseas

Are you hoping to work or study somewhere else in the world?

From country-based CV and Application advice to general tips about local customs and jobsites, we can support you in making the first steps in a global career.

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Careers Tagged is a useful online careers library with information on a range of  topics related to working and studying overseas.

Use search tags such as "Working Overseas" or "Study Abroad" and / or the name of a country to get listings of resources including:

  • Guides to working in different countries
  • Information about further study and funding in different countries
  • Online job sites for some countries - search for the country + "job site"

*This is a subscription-based resource. Current UCL students will need their UCL userid/password to log in. Recent graduates will need to log in to My UCL Careers and use the graduate userid/password provided on the home page.


Going Global

GoinGlobal has more than 10,000 pages of advice and guidance on over 30 different countries with everything covered from CV advice to cultural awareness. You can also search for jobs and internships all over the world.

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*This is a subscription-based resource. Current UCL students will need their UCL userid/password to log in. Recent graduates can access the subscription at UCL Careers.


Overseas Internship Agreements / Convention de Stage

Overseas recruiters often require a three-way agreement between the University, the student and themselves (as the internship provider), which may cover a range of different things depending on the job and the company.

Will UCL sign it for me?
If the internship forms part of your degree through a year abroad programme, the Study Abroad Office can provide more information on how you can get it approved before you start work.

If however it is not part of your degree and is an opportunity you’ve found / organised yourself, the Study Abroad Office may be able to provide a modified version of the agreement which confirms that you are enrolled as a current student at UCL and give advice on dealing with requests for this type of agreement from recruiters.

How should I approach the employer if they ask for one?
It's a good idea to talk to the employer directly about what exactly they need and what it needs to say. Most larger companies will be used to receiving applications from UK students and will be aware that not all students can get the recruiter's own version of the Convention de Stage document from their University. If you talk to them about it, you may be able to agree an acceptable alternative.

Some of our events and workshops will be useful to those thinking about work overseas.

Most events require advance booking so follow the links below for more information on:

  • Employer Presentations (Autumn and Spring Terms): Talks by individual companies, some of which will be interested in recruiting to roles outside the UK.
  • Sector Specific Recruitment Fairs (Autumn Term only): A chance to network with large numbers of major graduate recruiters from sectors popular with UCL students and ask informally about opportunities overseas.
  • International Students' Programme (Autumn and Spring Terms): A series of Careers Consultant led talks aimed at International Students which includes talks on marketing yourself overseas.

Alternatively, check our Events Calendar for an overview of all current events and/or register with UCLAlert! to be notified about events you're interested in by email.

Short Guidance

If you would like to discuss your career plans overseas, a 1-1 Short Guidance Appointment with one of our team of Careers Consultants is a great start point.

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Applications Advice

The 'Resources' tab on this page will give you country specific guides for CV and application writing. Our advisers don't have a detailed knowledge of country specific formats or styles, but if you'd like advice on how to promote your skills to employers, then you can book a 1-1 Applications Advice appointment with one of our Applications Advisers.

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Alumni Mentoring

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UCL graduates are all over the world and if you're interested in working in a particular country, you could contact alumni based there to ask for advice on job searching or build up your network in that country.

Through the Alumni Office, all UCL students and graduates have access to the  UCL Alumni Web Community.

Once logged in*, simply follow the "Careers Mentoring" link and you can then search for contact details of UCL Alumni by:

  • UCL Course or Department
  • Year of graduation from UCL
  • Current occupation / field of work
  • The country they're now based in

*Note: Any queries relating to the Alumni Web Community should be directed to the UCL Alumni Office.  


Overseas Internship Agreements / Convention de Stage

Overseas recruiters often require a three-way agreement between the University, the student and themselves, (as the internship provider), which may cover a range of different things depending on the job and the company.

Will UCL sign it for me?
If the internship forms part of your degree through a year abroad programme, the Study Abroad Office can provide more information on how you can get it approved before you start work.

If however it is not part of your degree and is an opportunity you’ve found / organised yourself, the Study Abroad Office may be able to provide a modified version of the agreement which confirms that you are enrolled as a current student at UCL and give advice on dealing with requests for this type of agreement from recruiters.

How should I approach the employer if they ask for one?
It's a good idea to talk to the employer directly about what exactly they need and what it needs to say. Most larger companies will be used to receiving applications from UK students and will be aware that not all students can get the recruiter's own version of the Convention de Stage document from their University. If you talk to them about it, you may be able to agree an acceptable alternative.