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Durham University

There is a range of support available to make sure that barriers are removed so that students from all backgrounds and of all abilities are able to undertake a period abroad.

Why consider a Global Opportunity?

Travelling and experiencing life in another country can be a very rewarding experience. A Global Opportunity can boost your studies and give you that extra edge once you have graduated and are thinking of going onto further study or looking for employment.

While some students may wish to work or study abroad for a full year, we understand that some students may not want or be able to spend an entire year abroad. For this reason we have a range of short placements available during summer periods such as summer schools, global internships and international volunteering opportunities. Similarly, many opportunities have financial support from Student Loans, earning a wage on a placement year, scholarships or external funding. The funding page provides more information on the support available.

Just a few more reasons...

1) See (more of) the world
2) Experience a different style of education/work
3) Learn about another culture
4) Learn another language (or just some new words!)
5) Enhance your career opportunities
6) Discover undiscovered talents
7) Make lifelong friends


Funding is available for many of our global opportunities. Many year-long placements allow students to continue to receive Student Finance / The Durham Grant for the year and there is a tuition fee reduction for Placement and Study Abroad years. Additional financial support may also be available for students that may have entry barriers, such as caring responsibilities, medical support costs or from Widening Participation backgrounds.

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Educational & Disability Support

Each year we support students who require addtional support to successfully undertake a global opportunity. We recognise that students have a range of needs from dyslexia to physical impairment and a range of responsibilies, such as caring, and work together with both Durham's support services and those of our partners to facilitate placements.

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You don't have to speak a foreign language to undertake a global opportunity. Many of our study, work or volunteering partners offer placements in English. However, for students that would like to learn a language alongside their degree and for students where knowledge of a foreign language is a pre-requisite, support is available.

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Shorter Opportunities

There is a range of shorter opportunities for students who may not want to or be able to spend an full year abroad. These include global internships, summer volunteering opportunities and summer schools. These range from a few weeks to a few months in length and depending on your circumstances you may be eligible to apply for support by from our Global Internship Bursary or International Travel Support Bursary. Please visit the GO Funding page for details of scholarships / bursaries which may be available to you.

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