University of Birmingham International Work Experience scheme
The University of Birmingham International Work Experience bursary offers financial support for undergraduates (except final years) to undertake work experience overseas in the summer vacation. The International Work Experience bursary is available to students who source their own work experience opportunities and require funding to assist with the costs involved.
Applications for this academic year are now open. The application deadline will be midnight on 30 March 2014.
You are encouraged to read ALL the guidance and information available before submitting your application. If you have any questions or require further information, you can contact the Careers Network Internship Officer responsible for managing the bursary for which you are applying. Their contact details are provided in the application guidance.
Once the application deadline has passed, all applications received on-line will be assessed by Careers Network staff. Applicants who are successful in passing this first assessment stage will then be invited to attend a short panel interview and to deliver a five minute presentation, training for which will be provided. If you pass both of these stages, you may then be granted a bursary.
Who can apply
The scheme is open to all undergraduate students except those in their final year. You must source your own internship.
The scheme provides you with a bursary of up to £800 to cover the costs of undertaking work experience abroad. Two successful candidates will be able to request funding assistance of up to £1,000 each through the prestigious Enterprise Award, made available by Enterprise Rent A Car. If you are unsuccessful in applying for that award, your application will still be considered for the International Work Experience Bursary; however, the maximum award that you may be allocated will be £800.
The amount you apply for will depend on the individual circumstances of your proposed work experience. In the past awards have ranged from £100 to £800 to help with expenses including:
Living costs and utilities bills
What do you need to consider?
Does an internship overseas seem too daunting? It shouldn’t do! With a little bit of research and personal organisation, you could make it a reality. Find out what you need to do.
Language skills and cultural awareness
You can make the most of an opportunity overseas by ensuring that you integrate into the environment. Find out how to improve your language skills and cultural awareness before you go, with help from the University.
Many organisations exist to help students find work experience opportunities overseas as well as assisting with accommodation, visas, etc. Be careful! Many charge you for this service and you may find it cheaper to do some of this yourself. Find out more about working with third parties.
See details of previous winners of our work experience funding schemes and their experiences.