The Students Abroad Representatives (STAR) programme gives you a chance to make the most of your time on exchange and to engage with students abroad and at home.
We’d like you to act as a student ambassador for the University of Edinburgh, engaging with students at your home and host institutions to promote the University and Go Abroad, while gaining valuable skills and practical experience to add to your CV.
There are three components to our STAR programme:
Make sure you stand out from the crowd – we’ll be awarding prizes to the STARs we think have best represented the University during and after their exchange!
Your activities are likely to take around 30 hours over your 4 month exchange period, or 60 hours over a full-year exchange. What we do ask is that you provide regular updates and plan your activities accordingly to cover your exchange period.
The standard tasks required are outlined in the timeline below.
Full details of the activities you’ll be expected to undertake can be seen in role description below.
Being a STAR is a chance for self-development – learning essential skills and how to use them both on exchange and in your career after university. It’s a great way for you to integrate into life at your host institution, so you can make the most of your time there.
Read our handbook for guidance on social media dos and don'ts.
If you’d like to share any other content, remember to tag your posts with #uoeabroad so we can find and share them.
Managing your digital footprint – the Institute of Academic Development’s guide to representing yourself online
University of Edinburgh Social Media Handbook – general guidance for students on using social media
On your return to Edinburgh, we’ll help you make the most of the experience and skills you’ve gained while on exchange. In conjunction with the Go Abroad team and the Careers Service, you can:
If you have already had a great time on exchange, we would love you to share your experiences with current students.
Please get in touch with us to find out more, by emailing email@example.com
We’ve put together a range of tools and resources that you may find useful during your role as a STAR. Whether it’s brushing up on your training or getting ready to write your first blog post, you’ll find resources to help you here.
We’ll be updating this page throughout the year, so if there is anything else you’d find useful, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with the STAR team.