Other International Opportunities
The opportunities listed below are only a small sample of the global
opportunities available. While the list below provide a taste of what
is out there, it is by no means exhaustive, so do investigate other
countries or institutions if you can't find the right opportunity for
If you apply for an opportunity listed below, you will (with some exceptions) do this independently without direct involvement from the UCL Study Abroad team. However, you will be welcome to apply for a bursary to support this activity. Further information regarding short-term funding can be found here.
- Study China Programme
The Study China Programme, managed by The University of Manchester is currently recruiting students for the Summer 2019 programme.
Study China provides a three-week student experience of Chinese life, language, culture and business.
This distinctive three week programme offers the opportunity to interact with Chinese students, academic staff, local families and businesses, providing profound access to this fascinating country. Throughout the programme you will be immersed in a vibrant campus environment at a leading Chinese university, ensuring that your Study China experience is truly unforgettable.
You will also complete an intensive Chinese Mandarin course designed to develop your written and spoken language skills. Your Study China experience will not be confined to classroom learning. Through a curriculum of workshops, trips and excursions you will be introduced to the real China.
Dates: 11th August - 31st August 2019
Tuition Fee: As the programme is financed by the UK Government, there are no tuition or accommodation fees. Students are expected to cover their own visa, flight and spending money costs though. Participants will also be welcome to apply for additional funding through UCL Study Abroad.
The partnership universities participating in this programme are:
- East China Normal University (Shanghai)
- Beijing Normal University (Beijing)
- Zhejiang University (Hangzhou Province – one hour from Shanghai)
Further information and application instructions: https://www.studychina.org.uk/programme/
Application Deadline: 15th February 2019. Please note that applications will be processed in the order they are received and the objective is to fill the places as early as possible. With that in mind, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Alexandra Willems was one of the UCL students on the programme in 2017. Read about her time in Shanghai on her Study China testimonial.
- Generation UK - China Programme
Companies across the world are looking to engage with China and value employees with experience in China immensely. New industries and work opportunities in China are rising faster than the skyscrapers that accommodate them, and China may soon overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy.
Work experience in China will give you an inside view into Chinese culture and business practice, making you aware of cultural differences and similarities between China and the UK.
Developing a connection with China could be the smartest choice you can make right now and help you stand out from the crowd in future job applications.
The Generation UK - China Internship Programme provides two-month long internships in China over a wide range of industry sectors, including IT, legal, marketing, design, engineering, and hospitality.
Generation UK – China funding will cover all placement fees, accommodation and comprehensive travel insurance, as well as your airport pick-up and dedicated support throughout your placement.
As part of the programme, you will also receive weekly Chinese language classes and take part in business/cultural activities, offering you valuable insight into the customs and traditions of China.
You’ll need to budget for your day-to-day expenses, which largely depend on where you’re living and your own lifestyle. Previous interns have been able to get by perfectly happily on the equivalent of about £50 a week, but it’s entirely up to you.
You’ll also need to pay for your flights, visa and any other expenses related to your travel.
Further Information: https://www.britishcouncil.org/study-work-abroad-china
- IAESTE UK Work Placements
Administered by the British Council, IAESTE UK is a member of the IAESTE international association which includes 85 other member countries united by the aims:
- To provide science, engineering and applied arts undergraduates with training experience abroad relevant to their studies;
- To offer UK employers well qualified and motivated foreign trainees;
- To be a source of cultural enrichment for trainees and their host employers.
Founded at Imperial College in 1948, IAESTE arranges paid course-related vacation training abroad on a reciprocal exchange basis so that in every participating country IAESTE trainees are both entering and leaving for placements.
Since its foundation IAESTE has exchanged in excess of 300,000 students worldwide, playing a key role in the development of engineers and scientists able to make their mark in a global economy. Over 22,000 of these students have been from the United Kingdom.
IAESTE provides a service to three target constituencies: employers, students, and academic institutions. The programme is employer-led in that no exchange can be arranged until a commitment has been made by an employer to host an international student. Participating employers may be in industry as well as research and academic institutions.
The exchange of trainees is conducted on a reciprocal basis between member countries. The pivotal point is the annual conference which is held each January in one of the member countries. At the conference offers of placements are exchanged between member countries. IAESTE offices are also responsible for the administration of all stages of the placements through visa/work permit applications (where necessary) to accommodation arrangements and setting up social/cultural activities for the visiting trainees.
Over the years IAESTE has created lasting friendships around the world, fostered international business and research links, assisted in the preparation and recruitment of an international workforce and enhanced international cultural relations.
For further information, please visit the British Council IAESTE Programme website.
- UCL Institute of Education - Hong Kong University: Short Stay Programme
The UCL Institute of Education and the Faculty of Education at Hong Kong University have signed an agreement to provide short term mobility opportunities for PhD students.
Applications are now open for up to 2 IOE PhD students to take part in the Faculty of Education, HKU Postgraduate Research Conference (24 and 25 May 2019).
Students will be expected to present a paper at the conference and network with students and staff from HKU and other universities attending the conference.
There will be up to £500 funding available to cover part of the travel costs. Students will be required to fund the rest of the costs.
How to apply:
Please submit the following details to IOEinternational@ucl.ac.uk
1. 200-250 word abstract (12 point Arial, justified, single spacing). You may use up to 2 references in the abstract. Please use APA style. The abstract should include the following in relation to your study (or equivalent for theoretical papers):
- aim/research questions/hypothesis (whichever is applicable to your study)
- methods (to include design, sample, data collection and analysis)
2. A covering note of no more than 500 words, including full name and student ID and specifying how the trip would advance your doctoral work; how you will fund the rest of the costs; and confirmation of your supervisor’s support for the visit.
Deadline to apply is Monday 4th March 2019 (5pm London time).