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UCL currently has two funding options available for students undertaking an international internship. Click on the sections below to find out more about these, including eligibility criteria.
Global Internships Bursary - Closed

The Global Internships Bursary provides financial support for students who have sourced their own summer internship. Bursaries of £500 are available and can be used to offset costs associated with working overseas, including flights, visas, vaccinations and living costs. 


Eligibility

You must:

  • be a non-finalist undergraduate or a non-Tier 4 postgraduate student to apply 
  • have secured an internship before applying for funding 

To apply

The bursary will open for applications in February 2020. You will need to apply via the Global Internships Bursary scheme on your myUCLCareers account. Keep an eye out for communications in the UCL Careers news.

Applications should clearly articulate how the internship relates to your career or study goals and how it will develop your global skill set. Applications are expected to be highly competitive and funding is not guaranteed. Students are advised to also consider alternative financing options.

Full eligibility criteria for 2020 will be made available here in due course.


Deadline

The deadline will be in late April 2020. 

Erasmus+ Traineeship Grant - Closed

The Erasmus+ Traineeship Grant enables students to receive up to €450/month for summer internships that take place in the European Union (and outside of the UK). These internships can be self-sourced or part of the managed opportunities advertised via the Global Internships Programme.

Funding for 2020 is currently unconfirmed. Details will be published here as they become available. Keep an eye out for communications in the UCL Careers news.

The Erasmus+ grant for work placements that are part of a course is organised via your academic department and not UCL Careers.


If you are undertaking a study experience, research placement or volunteering, you may be eligible for the Global Experience Bursary which is managed by UCL Study Abroad.


Things to consider

Whilst all opportunities as part of the programme should meet the labour legislation of the country they are undertaken in, there are some cases and countries where internships may offer little or no salary. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they are satisfied that the internship is financially viable for their own situation and as a result, ensure that you budget well.

Things to think about covering when you are undertaking an international internship include:

Pre-internship costs

  • Flights
  • Visa (sometimes covered by the company but you'll need to check)
  • Vaccinations
  • Accommodation deposit
  • Travel insurance (some students will be able to receive insurance through UCL - you will be informed about this if you are eligible)

While you are away

  • Rent
  • Food
  • Bills,  such as phone contract, internet, heating
  • Leisure, entertainment and tourism

This list is by no means exhaustive and you will need to think about your own situation when making your budget. Use Numbeo's cost of living tool to help you budget for the country that you are going to.

Next Steps

Nearly ready to go? Take a look at the Prepare to Go section for information and advice about how to prepare for your overseas internship.