Before you go... Before you go...

Studying, Interning, and Working Abroad

british council logoStudy Work Create with the British Council - Offers opportunities for UK students, recent graduates, and young professionals to go abroad to study, work, or develop their creativity


third year abroad logoThird Year Abroad - Provides useful articles, information about international CVs, Erasmus Schemes, and case studies of students who went abroad


go international logoGo International website - Shows the benefits of taking a global opportunity, an extensive pre-departure guide, next steps and more


going global logoGoing Global - Search jobs and internships in around the world! Also has country guides with information on work permits and visas, resumes and CV’s, cultural advice and job market trends



prospects logoProspects - Information about working in abroad, including useful links for job hunting





target jobs logoTargetjobs - Find information on language requirements, where you can work, job hunting tips, application methods and visa basics


global graduates logoGlobal Graduates – Database of overseas work opportunities for students and graduates


jobs logoJobs – Careers Advice - Country specific information and international careers advice. You can also search for work opportunities according to geographic regions and countries


aiesecAIESEC - The world's largest youth-led organisation, bringing you opportunities in leadership development and international experiences.


Teach English as a Foreign Language

teflsearch logoteflSearch - Find English teaching jobs and discover a wealth of information about TEFL.


tefl logoTeaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) - Comprehensive site with opportunities to teach English in different countries all over the world.




Further Guidance for Going to Work Abroad

workpermit - Commercial organisation offering information and advice on work permits in many countries.


foreign and commonwealth office logoForeign and Commonwealth Office - Information on travel and visas.



Pre-departure Checklist

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What Details Done
Print out all important documents

Flight bookings, other travel documents, documentation from your employer abroad, addresses and phone numbers to contacts. Keep the documents in your hand luggage and email them to yourself

Take a few photocopies of important documents Notably your passport, visa, credit and debit cards, in case of theft or if you lose them. Keep the copies separate from your actual passport and cards. You should also scan these documents and email them to yourself  
Have you got the necessary vaccinations? Check online or with your GP  
Have you got the required visa and is your passport still valid? Check this well in advance as visa application processing can take a number of months. Your passport needs to be valid 6 months after you return home as well.  
Will your debit and credit cards work in the country you're going to?  Check with your bank. As a safety measure some banks have restrictions on international transactions. You could also consider getting a currency card.  
If you are a British, EU, EEA or Swiss national going to Europe then register for a free EHIC card The application procedure takes seven days. This card will entitle you to low cost medical treatment in the EU.  
Make sure you have travel insurance Thirdyearabroad has comprehensive information on travel insurance. This is essential for any travel abroad  
Check if you need adaptors for your electronic devices and if your phone will work Try to sort out a mobile phone/internet deal, buy adaptors if necessary, and download some messaging apps (Viber/WhatsApp)  
Find out where your nearest embassy is  
Accommodation Make sure you have somewhere to stay for at least the first few days and find out how you will get there once you've arrived at your destination  
UK Government foreign travel advice For both home and international students it is useful to have a look at this to make sure you stay safe and healthy while you are abroad  
Have you got your Passport, visa, wallet, phone, chargers and toothbush? You are ready to go!