Summer abroad opportunities

If a year or semester placement is not the right option for you, there are still plenty of ways to gain international experience and develop new skills.

Update for 2020/2021:

Due to the pandemic and the ongoing uncertainty around international travel, all in-person summer programmes have been cancelled for 2021.  

You can still gain international experience and develop new skills by taking part in a virtual international activity. Have a look at some of the virtual opportunities offered by our partners. For virtual opportunities with a fee, you can apply for a Global Opportunities Scholarship to help cover the cost. 

Some UoB summer programmes will run in a virtual format, although participation will be limited to students from certain schools. If you would like to be on the waiting list for a virtual UoB summer programme, please register your interest.  

Advocating for Justice in South Africa

Gain insight into issues of social justice in South Africa through this virtual programme.

Business Management in South Africa

Engage with different companies and gain insight into current business challenges in South Africa through this virtual programme.

Social Transformation through Activism and Art in South Africa

 Explore the relationship between art and activism in South Africa through this virtual programme.

Global Leader Experience - Online

Take part in a four-day online programme, working with other students to explore a global challenge.

GO China: Culture and Language

Explore China’s capital and immerse yourself in the culture and language on a course hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology.

GO China: STEM Futures

Take part in an intensive engineering course hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology, while exploring China's capital and experiencing Chinese culture. 

The Tiger Economy: An Introduction to Business in China

Gain an insight into how to do business in China through this 6-day virtual programme with Zhejiang University.

Bristol Interns in China

Spend eight weeks in Shenzhen, China and experience life overseas, enhance your employability and develop cross-cultural skills. 

Summer schools

An excellent way to broaden your academic horizons and access the study abroad experience without the time commitment of a semester or year overseas.

Virtual Law School Exchange

Collaborate with students from O.P. Jindal Global University, India and develop your mediation skills through this 6-day online programme.

Other opportunities to study, work or volunteer abroad

Make your CV stand out and make a difference by volunteering or working abroad during your summer holiday.

Contact us


Tel: +44 (0) 117 39 40205
In person: 3rd Floor, 31 Great George Street, University of Bristol, BS1 5QD


If you find a virtual international opportunity, you can apply for a Global Opportunities Scholarship to help cover the cost.

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