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There are a lot of things to think about when considering your finances for an overseas internship. To help you think about the things you will need to pay for, there is a dedicated Finance area within our Prepare to go section. It will be your responsibility to ensure that you are satisfied that the internship is financially viable for you as a student and your own situation. There are various ways to secure funding through the help of family or university. Click on the sections below to find out more about these, including details and eligibility criteria for the two funding options currently available for students at UCL undertaking an international internship. 

Global Internships Bursary - Suspended for 2020

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19, the Global Internships Bursary will not be opening for summer 2020. UCL Careers has not taken this decision lightly and we appreciate this will impact students who may still be undertaking overseas internships this summer. The decision to withdraw funding for 2020 is due to UCL’s travel ban being extended to 1st August and because of the current UK government advice to avoid all non-essential outbound travel. It is also in line with other outbound summer activity being cancelled for this year. We appreciate that some students may be undertaking internships at a later date in the summer, or that some countries are not as impacted by the coronavirus as others. However, the situation is continuously evolving and we believe it would be unfair to allow some students to benefit from the bursary and not others.

If your internship has been impacted by the current situation, you may wish to refer to our Careers Coronavirus FAQs for some ideas of what to do. This includes suggestions for what to do instead of an internship, how to master online networking and information about virtual internships.

Erasmus+ Traineeship Grant - Suspended for 2020

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19, the Erasmus+ Traineeship Grant will not be opening for summer 2020. UCL Careers and UCL Study Abroad have not taken this decision lightly and we appreciate this will impact students who may still be undertaking overseas internships this summer. The decision to withdraw funding for 2020 is due to UCL’s travel ban being extended to 1st August and because of the current UK government advice to avoid all non-essential outbound travel. It is also in line with other outbound summer activity being cancelled for this year. We appreciate that some students may be undertaking internships at a later date in the summer, or that some countries are not as impacted by the coronavirus as others. However, the situation is continuously evolving so we are unable to commit any funding this year. We hope to open for applications in 2021 – please keep an eye out for updates.

If your internship has been impacted by the current situation, you may wish to refer to our Careers Coronavirus FAQs for some ideas of what to do. This includes suggestions for what to do instead of an internship, how to master online networking and information about virtual internships.

Self-funding

If you are not eligible for the two funding schemes within the Global Internships Programme, it is essential that you consider in advance how else you will be able to fund your internship abroad and ensure you allow enough time to execute your plans!

Family funding and crowdfunding, or a mixture of both, are other possible ways, alongside working part-time to earn some extra cash.

To get an idea of the cost involved in doing an internship abroad, please see the Finance section of our Prepare to go page.

You may wish to undertake a short-term international opportunity outside the academic terms and it may not be an internship. You may be eligible for the Global Experiences Bursary. For more details, please visit the Funding section of the Study Abroad page.