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A gap year abroad can range from volunteering in a developing country or travelling around the world to an internship or paid work, or a period of study
Some gap year organisations offer packages to combine gaining valuable experience and skills through working or volunteering with fun or travel
To find out about working and studying around the world, visit country profiles.
You will need to take into account:
There is a growing need for graduates to demonstrate competencies that equip them to work in a global environment, such as working in different countries, in multicultural teams and using language skills, according to the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE). Identify vacancies abroad at:
You may wish to work your way around the world or work to finance a period of travel. Working in a country can give you a deeper insight into the culture than just travelling through.
Many organisations, such as Gapwork and BUNAC , sell starter packages to settle you into a new country. This can include organising a bank account, medical insurance and accommodation on arrival, and helping you to find a job when you arrive.
Although internships do not usually pay a salary beyond immediate expenses, they provide more specialised training and experience than general voluntary work. For ideas, check:
For further information, see types of work abroad.
There are opportunities for voluntary work across a range of career areas. A good starting point for ideas is Projects Abroad . To match your specific skills and interests to volunteer projects that best suit you, visit Kaya Responsible Travel .
For further information, see volunteering.
Gap year companies can provide expertise in organising quality experiences that may be difficult or time-consuming to arrange on your own, including checking out safety issues, applying for visas, providing support with culture shock and settling in, and offering 24-hour emergency backup during a project.
Check what you get for your money and compare between companies. For example, insurance, flights and medical expenses are not usually included.
Talk to companies and seek feedback from people who have used them to assess the company's suitability and reliability.
Research the ethical stance of organisations that interest you. For example, how beneficial is the project to the local area? Where does your money go to? For advice, see Ethical Volunteering .
Gap year providers are listed in:
Issues to consider include:
This can vary from a year away to study before, during or after your degree, to a short-term summer programme. For general guidance, including information about sources of funding, go to UKCISA: UK Council for International Student Affairs .
For both undergraduate and postgraduate students, the Erasmus exchange programme provides study opportunities in partnership with European universities as part of your degree or postgraduate study.
For further information, see guide to studying abroad.
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