Study and Work Away Service

External opportunities

Need some inspiration? Here you can find some of the international opportunities which we are aware of from partner institutions and other organisations.  

Remember, to apply for the Go Abroad Fund, your activity must take place entirely between (or including) 24 May and 31 August 2024. 

Internships and volunteering

Getting work experience abroad will give your employability a huge boost, and it’s easier than you think! 

Saltire Scholar Programme

The Saltire Scholar Programme offers summer internships around the world to students in their penultimate year at Scottish universities.

Saltire Scholar Programme

Generation UK internships

Generation UK offers 2-month funded internships for UK students across a wide range of industries in 6 cities in China.

Generation UK

The Careers Service

The Careers Service can help you find internships abroad or create your own.

Find out more about internships

Their Employ.ed Overseas programme can also help you find summer work abroad.

Find out more about Employ.ed Overseas

The Careers Service can also help you find international volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering opportunities


Volunteer in Peru with Surf Cerrito by empowering boys and girls of the local community through surfing. 

Surf Cerrito


Student-Led, Individually-Created Courses (SLICCs) offer first and second-year undergraduate students the opportunity to earn 20 academic credits for involvement in a professional development, internship, work experience or research project experience of their choosing during their summer vacation.

Apply for a SLICC


Conferences are a great opportunity to learn more about an area of interest, to meet other people with shared interests, or to make international connections.

There are many student-friendly international conferences planned for this summer. Here are a few you might consider:

International Conference for University Students, Buenos Aires

Tedx Events

Courses, summer & winter schools abroad

No matter what your subject area or interest, there will be a course running for you. Why not consider one of these courses in exciting locations from Japan or Spain to Germany?

Universitas 21 summer schools 

Universitas 21 is an international network of 25 research-intensive universities, including the University of Edinburgh, located throughout the world - this network offers a wide range of opportunities for students at member universities to experience education abroad. 

Find Universitas 21 international summer schools 

Fulbright Awards Programme 

Fulbright US Summer Institutes give British students with little foreign travel experience the opportunity to live and study (for up to five weeks) at a top US higher education institution. 

Fulbright Summer Institutes