Working globally

A background to working globally

In an increasingly globalised world, international experience gives graduates a competitive edge in the eyes of employers. Working in another country is an ideal way to develop your skill set, and improving your language skills and adaptability to new working cultures will also be personally rewarding. Each year, many of our students choose to work abroad for these reasons and more.

Read more about the experiences of our students who have worked abroad.

Your Employability Team are here to support your international aspirations: 

We can offer one-to-one advice on applying for opportunities abroad through drop-in sessions on each campus.

Placement and graduate opportunities abroad with organisations looking to recruit NTU students.

There are many global opportunities available to NTU students:

Summer internships are a great way for students to gain international experience, especially if you are not undertaking a sandwich year. The types of opportunities available range from nine to five office jobs with large multinationals to summer camp positions in the USA.

Volunteering schemes could take you to any one of a number of destinations. In the past, our students have taken part in conservation schemes in Peru and taught English to children in China. In addition to taking part in a rewarding volunteering scheme, any downtime can be spent exploring the country and culture you reside in.

Graduate positions offer students the chance to jump straight into the world of working abroad, whether you want to kick-start your career abroad or take the opportunity to develop your skill set and employability. As an EU member, graduate positions are most abundant throughout Europe; however, some countries offer working holiday visas, including Australia, Japan, and New Zealand.

Sandwich year placements are offered by some courses at NTU and usually take place in your third year of study. The practical hands-on experience gained from a placement abroad can really help you in your final year!

If you plan to work abroad for the first time, it is essential that you prepare beforehand. The process of applying is important, but you must also think about issues such as visas, insurance, finance, and accommodation.

Funding and Scholarships

Erasmus Mobility grants - Students considering placements of three months or more in the EU, Switzerland and Turkey as well as other associated countries may be eligible for an Erasmus Mobility grant towards travel and living expenses. Please email NTU Global to find out more.

NTU Travel Scholarships - Students who are going abroad on work placements can also apply for a travel scholarship sponsored by NTU and Santander. Please email our Travel Scholarships coordinator for more information.

Need further support?

The Employability Team on your campus can help! Please drop in to see us.