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

Learn something new this summer. Choose from a wide range of short summer courses including Chinese language (Mandarin) classes and Business classes, and experience one of the world’s most important economies.

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Global Opportunities


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.


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.


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.

Application deadline for next summer is end November so apply now!

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:

Santander Universities Scholarships

Join the Santander Scholarships website and look for scholarship opportunities world-wide. It only takes a couple of minutes and you can sign up for alerts when new opportunities arise. Look for scholarship opportunities that say ‘Any university’.


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.#


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: 5 December.

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: June.

Frank Knox Fellowships

Up to 6 fellowships, with the value of at least $32,000 plus tuition and health service fees per annum, are available for graduate students from the UK to study for up to two consecutive years in one of the Faculties of Harvard. The competition will be open to British citizens at the time of application normally resident in the UK.

Application deadline: 23rd October 2019.

Fullbright Summer Institute

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.

Kennedy Scholarships 2020-21

offers generous funding to enable British Graduates (British citizens only) to undertake postgraduate study (Master’s, PhD) in the USA at Harvard or Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The award offers: full tuition fees and health insurance; means-tested tax free stipend of $27,250; generous contribution towards flights; additional vacation travel grant of $2,500; and the opportunity to be part of a scholarship programme valued by the Kennedy family.

Application deadline: 23rd October 2019.

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 1 November.

Other areas of the world

Common Purpose

Common Purpose is offering all UK university students doing short term outbound mobility programmes the chance to participate on its Cultural Intelligence (CQ) online course and to earn the 'CQ for Global Experiences' micro-credential, at no cost. Participants will develop skills and competencies key to success in the 21st century.

The Intern Group

Students will be eligible to undertake a 4-week professional internship program in Bangkok in August 2020, receiving a placement in a career field of their choice. Accommodation, professional development workshops, cultural events, transportation, visas, 24/7 support and an international network of students and professionals are included.

Pagoda Projects

Pagoda Projects is excited to offer three scholarship places for their award-winning internship programmes in Taipei, Ho Chi Minh City and Mexico City. The scholarships give UK students an opportunity to gain work experience and develop language skills in three incredible destinations, supported throughout by the Pagoda Projects team.

Study of the US Institutes Summer programme

The five-week SUSI Summer Institutes work towards developing student curiosities in topics such as Civic Engagement into a practical learning experience. The SUSIs are open to all students irrespective of their current field of study.