Working abroad is a great way to boost your employability and gain valuable international experience.
Who can work abroad
To work abroad as part of a year abroad in year three of a four-year degree, you should enrolled on either:
- a degree within the School of Modern Languages;
- a degree with a 'Year in Industry' or
- a degree with a 'Year with Industrial Experience
If you are not able to work abroad as part of your degree, you could still gain invaluable work experience abroad during the University holidays.
Find out more about short-term opportunities to work abroad on our summer abroad pages.
Make it happen
Find out how to secure a work placement as part of your year abroad.
Finding a placement
Finding a placement is your responsibility, but the university can offer support.
If you are a Modern Languages student, your Language Director(s) will be able to help and advise you on finding a work placement.
If you on a programme with a Year in Industry or Year with Industrial Experience, speak to your placement coordinator for support in finding a placement.
How to apply
If you are enrolled on a degree in the School of Modern Languages
- Discuss your placement options with the Language Director(s) in your academic department.
- Submit your placement choices to the School of Modern Languages as per their instructions in TB1 of your second year.
- Confirm your year abroad placement choice(s) with your Language Director(s).
- Register your planned year abroad placement(s) by early January 2022 with Global Opportunities via an online registration form.
If you are enrolled on a degree with a 'Year in Industry' or 'Year with Industrial Experience'
- Check you meet your department's academic requirements to apply for a work placement.
- Discuss your work placement options with your Year in Industry or Year with Industrial Experience coordinator in your academic department.
- Follow your departments guidance on finding and securing a work placement.
- Confirm your work placement with your Year in Industry or Year with Industrial Experience coordinator.
- Register your work placement abroad with Global Opportunities via an online registration form.
Before you go abroad
You will be enrolled onto our Global Opportunities Blackboard organisation which contains essential advice, guidance, and information to help you before, during and after your placement abroad.
Global Opportunities will contact you about pre-departure requirements before you go abroad e.g. risk assessment, travel insurance, student finance.
While you are abroad
Changes to your placement
We understand that changes to your placement can happen while you are abroad. These can include changes to your job role and the duration of your placement.
If you experience any changes or any problems with your work placement, contact your placement coordinator in your academic department as soon as possible. You should also report any changes to Global Opportunities via email@example.com
Your academic department
Stay in regular contact with your placement coordinator and your personal tutor while you are abroad.
Check your email
Check your University of Bristol (UoB) email account regularly, as this is the address we use to contact you. Access your UoB email using your username and password to log in.
Download and access the SafeZone app while you are abroad. The app allows you to alert the University's Security Services via your mobile phone if you ever need urgent assistance, or if you want to let Security Officers know where you are. Read the SafeZone for travel pages for more information.
Global Opportunities team
We are always here to help if you need support or advice while you are abroad. You can:
- Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone us: +44 (0) 117 39 40205
Before your return
There will be steps you need to take as you come to the end of your placement abroad. These will be outlined in our Global Opportunities blackboard organisation.
You should also check with your employer abroad, in case there are any steps you need to take for them before you finish your placement.