Where do I start?
If you are thinking about looking for work experience abroad, it is important to do your research and preparation properly.
Firstly, think about what you really want to do. What is your career aspiration? What skills and experience do you want to gain? With this in mind, you can look for opportunities that compliment these requirements.
Secondly, think about whether you want to use an agency or not. An agency might set up a placement for you but there may be a fee, or you can source your own opportunity and make the arrangements yourself.
Whatever you decide, make sure you ask all the questions you need to decide if you are happy with the offer. Not sure what questions to ask?
The link below takes you to the questions we suggest you ask when selecting a gap year provider. Those questions will help you to assess whether an work experience provider or agency is right for you.
We would also advise you to take a look at Go Overseas where you can read reviews about placement providers
Take a look at some questions to think about asking
Passports and visas
Depending on where you plan to travel, you may need to have six months left on your passport. Check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for more information on this and which countries you need visas to enter.
International students needing advice on passports and visas should contact the International Office.
Passport Career is a great place to start when searching for advice.
You can also look for online reviews from others who have used the agencies or providers you are interested in, or try to find other students who have taken part in work experience abroad and might be able to answer your questions.
If you are applying for the International Work Experience Grant (IWEG) then we may be able to put you in touch with a student who has been through it before.
You can also email us at IWEG@nottingham.ac.uk.
Health and safety
Always make sure you have adequate health insurance for your stay. Don't scrimp on this as it is important to be properly covered.
If you are from the UK, the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you can apply for the European Health Insurance Card, but this does not replace travel insurance.
Employer insurance practices in overseas countries vary widely. You should check that both you and the placement provider have suitable cover in place for your placement activities.
Our Information and Guidance for Students on Placements provides comprehensive advice on the minimum types and level of insurance cover recommended for your protection.
It is important to always have an emergency contact in place, with a plan of how to contact them.
The Fit for Travel website is a great place to look for advice on how to stay safe and provides advice on travel insurance.