International Work Experience bursary 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 are now closed


Careers Network has provided the below information to support you with completing your Work Experience Bursary application form. Please click on the relevant hyperlink to find out more.

It is highly recommended to read each section of information in detail to ensure you complete your application to a suitable standard. 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, by emailing

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, including international students, except those in their final year. You must source your own internship / work experience.

Support available

The scheme provides you with a bursary of up to £800 to cover the costs of undertaking work experience abroad. 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:

  • Accommodation costs
  • Travel expenses
  • Living costs and utilities bills
  • Insurance

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 Passport Career.

Third parties

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.

Would you like to find out more about working abroad? Target Jobs provides a huge amount of information about working in a vast range of countries.

Interview skills

If you are successful in your initial application, you will be invited to attend an interview. For more information about interview skills, visit our interview resources:

  • Preparing for an interview

Previous winners

ASee details of previous winners of our work experience funding schemes and their experiences.

The Intern Group - Funding University of Birmingham

If you are applying to the Gateway and/or International Work Experience Bursary and it is for an opportunity with The Intern Group, you may be entitled to additional discount on your budget due an exclusive scholarship. Please state in your applicaiton, within the budget section, that you would like to be considered for this scholarship.


Each year many students fundraise themselves  to cover all or part of their costs, particularly for opportunities overseeas. ICS is a UK Government funded programme providing overseas volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds and Team Leader placements to 23-35 year olds. They have put together a handy guide on how to fundraise yourself (PDF - 673KB).

Find out more information on ICS and the opporunities they offer.


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