Gaining experience in another country provides opportunities to:
You may need a Visa to undertake a placement abroad. These can take 3-4 months to put in place and there is a fee. Contact the Immigration and International Student Advice team for further information and advice:
It is recommended that you get medical insurance as well as civil liability and accident Insurance.
Seeking opportunities in a different country can be challenging, but there are plenty of resources available. We have highlighted some useful starting points below.
If you are undertaking a sandwich year abroad, you can find the fee information here: https://studentmoney.southwales.ac.uk/student-funding-advice/student-finance/placement-or-studying-abroad/
Internship Abroad Programs- if you’re a student who is drawn to sharpen your soft skills, but also wouldn’t mind coming home with some new professional skills in your repertoire too, then interning abroad is the international experience for you.
Rate my placement - it's important to stand out from the crowd when applying for a placement or internship. One of the best ways to ensure you do is to have international work experience.
Placement Year International - they arrange work placements abroad for undergraduates, graduates and those already working in related jobs.
Gap Year- taking on some work experience abroad can comfortably fit into a longer backpacking adventure or tour, with placements lasting anything from a few weeks to a whole gap year.
GradConnection - for graduate jobs and internships in China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
TARGETjobs: Working Abroad - options for finding jobs and internships abroad. For each country there is information on language requirements, major industries, shortage occupations, recent growth areas and job hunting tips.
Prospects - includes information on the job market, immigration, vacancy sources, application advice and much more.
AGCAS 'Starting your career in....' series - aimed at returning international students who have studied in the UK. These contain lots of useful information on the economy, routes to employment and vacancy sources which would be equally useful for any graduate considering a career in a particular country.
EURES- from the EC, has lots of information, advice and job listings for countries throughout Europe. It also has a section aimed specifically at graduates.
ERASMUS - work placement programme enabling you to complete a work placement in another European country.
It is required by French/Spanish law that any student completing an internship in France/Spain must complete a Convention de Stage/Convencio de Colaboracion.
This is a form required in French/Spanish (but for USW it is required to be in both French/Spanish and English) and outlines the tripartite agreement between the USW, the student and the organisation where the placement/internship will take place.
The Convention will detail:
The form must be completed well in advance of commencing any placement, and students are expected to have met all requirements, in addition to following the procedures as outlined below.
Should you wish to undertake an internship it is your responsibility to identify and secure the placement/internship opportunity. You are further responsible for coordinating all necessary arrangements incumbent to the opportunity. If proof of registration is required then student status letters can be found on UniLife. In addition, if the host organisation requires a university stamp this can be gained through the Advice Zone.
Should you ask USW to sign a Convention de Stage/Convencio de Colaboracion (an agreement between you, USW and the company), you must:
All these requirements should be completed well in advance of the due commencement date for the internship. The University of South Wales, as much as the firm or company in question, operate on very busy schedules, and so may not have the capacity to process Conventions as quickly as sometimes anticipated by students. Please bear this in mind when arranging and completing your Convention.