External opportunities

There are a range of fantastic, independent opportunities available to you to enable you to widen your international experience by teaching, working, studying and / or volunteering overseas.

These programmes are not organised or funded by NTU and so students should research the opportunities using the web links below to apply directly. However, NTU Global are here for advice and support.



Chinese Language Summer School

Start dates: 1 July/ 15 July/ 29 July
Duration: 2/4/6 weeks
Suitable for: Zero beginners to those wanting to quickly accelerate their language skills. Minimum age is 16. Find out more and apply.


Chinese Language Group Summer School (2 weeks) | Short, summer courses and languages | Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Learn something new this summer. Spend two weeks learning Chinese language (Mandarin) while experiencing one of the world’s most important economies.

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China Studies - Social Change in China

Start date: 30 June
Duration: 4 weeks (ends 27 July)
Suitable for: Those looking for a full immersion program about China’s social and political change over the last 40 years. The program starts in Suzhou and then travels to Chengdu, Xian and Nanjing, taking in a variety of regions and looking at aspects such as social inequality, economic policy and cultural change.

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China Studies Summer School | Short, summer courses and languages | Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

The XJTLU China Studies Summer School is a place to be, a course to follow, and an experience to be had. The academic course at the heart of this year’s summer school, taught in intensive mode, is social change in China.

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IBSS - Doing Business in a Changing China

Start date: 1 July
Duration: 2 weeks
Suitable for: Anyone with an interest in knowing about the fundamentals of the Chinese economy and the business environment, examining topics such as the Chinese consumer, E-commerce and key foreign policy objectives through a business lens. The level is pitched at undergraduate degree level but no prior subject knowledge is required. The course will also include site and company visits. Minimum age is 18.

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Doing Business in a Changing China Summer School | Short, summer courses and languages | Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

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Language Centre | Centres | Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

The Language Centre has grown rapidly since and currently has more than 100 administrative and teaching staff members, who have experience of teaching English, Chinese and Spanish at leading universities and institutes around the world.

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Research-led, global outlook | Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a pioneering, international joint venture university located in the city of Suzhou on China's east coast.

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Global Opportunities


AIESEC – Global Volunteer – make a real impact on a community in the developing world, Global Teach – teach abroad and impact a life, and Global Talent – kick-start your career. AIESEC offers schemes facilitated by student members to produce the best exchanges possible across the world. It connects students to:

  • 6 to 8 week volunteering projects
  • paid international teaching placements, running from 3 – 18 months, for final year students and recent graduates
  • paid international internship experiences lasting from 3 – 18 months.

There is a programme fee of £450 if successfully placed.

BUNAC – Work, Intern, Volunteer Abroad. BUNAC offers a range of exciting work abroad and volunteer abroad programmes

  • Work – make Australia, Canada or New Zealand your new home for up to two years, or find your summer job in America
  • Intern – gain qualifications with our TEFL China Programme, or get a professional internship in Australia or New Zealand for 1-6 months, or USA for 1-12 months.
  • Volunteer – teach in the summits of the Indian Himalayas, help with wildlife conservation in Kruger National Park, or sports coach in South Africa.


CRCC Asia international internship programme in either China, Japan, Vietnam or South Korea – 5 scholarships

CRCC Asia has launched a range of funded scholarships to support those from underrepresented groups to intern and gain valuable work experience in some of the most exciting locations in the world. The scholarship campaign will provide 5 funded places for students from underrepresented groups to participate in a one-month CRCC Asia international internship programme in either China, Japan, Vietnam or South Korea.

The scholarship programme will officially open for student applications in October 2019. Those wishing to apply should apply directly to CRCC Asia via an online application form.


IAESTE UK – managed by the British Council, the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, offers a range of paid traineeships in over 86 countries. This cutting edge work experience is available to undergraduate students of Science, Engineering, Technology or Applied Arts, and run from 6 to 12 weeks during the summer and up to a maximum of one year. A fee of £200 is payable once you are matched. You will earn a salary while on placement which will cover accommodation and living costs.

Student Finance Travel Grants – Grants, to help cover travel expenses, are available to eligible students who are studying abroad as part of their course. Open to students whose permanent address is in England and whose study abroad is for at least half of each academic term.

For other UK Student Finance companies see below:



Work in India as a Teaching Assistant – part of a KPMG-funded initiative offering UK students with some formal experience of working with children a five-month placement in an Indian NGO school. Your host school will organise and cover accommodation and at least one meal a day. You will also receive a monthly contribution to your living costs.



Summer Internship Program – Offered by the University of Tokyo, this seven week summer programme provides undergraduate students with hands-on research internship opportunities in the fields of natural sciences, IT, and International Studies. There are two programmes: Program A runs from the beginning of June to mid-July; Program B runs from the end of June to the beginning of August. Participants will be awarded a scholarship which covers accommodation and living expenses, and a partial subsidy for air fares.

Vulcanus – is a training programme for EU engineering or science students which offers 12 month industrial placements from September to August. Students must be enrolled in at least Year Four of study. The programme includes a one week seminar, four month Japanese language course and eight month traineeship in a Japanese company. A grant of 1.900,000 YEN is available to cover accommodation, return travel to Japan, and living expenses. Applications open in November.

Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme (JET) – is an opportunity for recent graduates to work as an assistant English language teacher in schools across Japan. This is a one-year contract which starts in July / August. Your annual salary will cover your rent, pension contributions and insurance, and air travel and visa costs will be paid on the presumption that you will fulfil the terms of your contract. No prior knowledge of teaching or Japanese is required.

Daiwa Scholarship – A unique 19 month programme of language study, work placement, and homestay in Japan, following a month of Japanese language tuition in the UK. This scholarship will cover your tuition, accommodation, living costs, and economy-class travel to and from Japan. To apply you must be a British Citizen, aged between 21 and 35, and be a graduate or due to graduate a time of departure. Application deadline is 7 December 2017.

New Zealand


Dream NEW Scholarship – an amazing opportunity for students from EU to study in New Zealand for a semester in 2019. The scholarship will cover part or full tuition fees at one of the seven New Zealand’s universities and three Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics. Application deadline is September.

USA / Canada


BUTEX UK Scholarships – available to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. Scholarship awards are £500 and paid to successful students on arrival / registration at their host university. Open to all UG students who have been offered a study abroad or exchange place which is not eligible for an ERASMUS grant. Application deadline is July.

Fullbright Summer Institutes – Five week academic summer programmes for UG students to improve their understanding of the USA and develop leadership skills. Programmes consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations and lectures. Includes educational travel, volunteering and site visits. The award will cover all participant costs. To apply you must be a UK citizen and have at least one year of study remaining after the institute finishes. Applications open in November.

Thouron Award/Penn State Scholarship – this is an opportunity for graduates to spend up to two years studying at one of the 12 graduate schools at the University of Pennsylvania. The Thouron Award pays full tuition, fees and insurance and an annual stipend to cover living costs. This is a very competitive scholarship which opens in August each and year and closes mid-October.