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Summer Opportunities Fair

Summer Opportunities Fair 2020

Wednesday 22 January, 1pm to 4pm, James Hall, Campus West

The Summer Opportunities Fair is the perfect event to find out all about studying, working, or volunteering abroad. Get advice from international employers, non-profits, and University departments on what programmes and bursaries you could benefit from, as well as what destinations you could spend your summer exploring.

Featuring external stands from:

International Study Centres (ISCs)

Short summer courses open to York students of all disciplines and all levels of study (including postgraduates).  You will travel in a group of around 20 students from York and spend around two weeks exploring a topic and visiting areas of interest.  No prior knowledge of the subjects is required.

Languages For International Mobility (LFIM)

Get ready to go global with a free language and intercultural competency course. A free Languages for International Mobility (LFIM) or Spotlight on LFIM course is available to University of York students who register their interest in studying, working or volunteering abroad through the Centre for Global Programmes.

Short courses

These offer York students global opportunities on campus such as being a paid Student Intern or Mentor, being a Buddy, attending International Conversation Afternoons and attending Intercultural workshops.

Summer Schools

The University of York offers places to undergraduate students in their first and second years to summer schools at the following Universities: Aarhus University, Seoul National University, Remnin University of China, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (priority to Derwent and James College Students) National Chengchi University (Management students only), and Peking University. 

Travel Awards

If you organise an international travel project during your studies at York you can apply for funding through our Travel Bursaries or Santander International Connections Awards to help towards the cost. Speak to us if you have been inspired by some of the other stands and want to apply for funding towards a project you’re organising in Summer 2020.


The University of York is partnering with the Academic Internship Council to offer 8-week summer internships in five locations in 2020: Singapore, New York, Vancouver and California (San Francisco and Los Angeles. Participants will be assessed and matched to internships in a wide range of fields that correspond with their course of study and will have the opportunity to discuss their strengths, interests and professional goals. Visit the stall for more information including costs and the package offered by AIC.

Laidlaw Research and Leadership Scheme

This scholarship combines the opportunity for students to undertake a unique research project and an innovative and accredited leadership development programme. The research project will take place over two Summer periods commencing in the Summer of 2019 - shortlisted scholars will be funded for the duration of their research project. Speak to staff at the fair about how to apply.

Careers and Placements

The Careers and Placements team can advise you on a range of opportunities.  Find out how to get support for your personal and professional development, including international opportunities, with York Futures Scholarships of between £250 and £6,000.  Learn about how the York Strengths programme can help you to discover your strengths and find a career to match.  Discover the opportunities available for most undergraduates at York to take a placement year before their final year of study. 

Student Support 

Talk to the Student Hub team about the support offered at York both before and during your time abroad, including finance and welbeing issues.




Academic Internship Council

Independent internship providers that offer opportunities to work with companies in locations across the world. They match you in a role relating to your degree and/or professional aspirations.

Camp America

Established in 1969, Camp America is the biggest international summer camp staff provider recruiting thousands of young people each year to work on hundreds of summer camps across the USA!


The UK's top summer camp and international work specialist, offering value for money on a range of possibilities, such as summer camp in the USA or spending the summer working in Canada.


An award-winning global internship provider, specialising in organising internships in China, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea and the UK.

East Africa Playgrounds

A charity focused on East Africa, primarily Uganda, which in the past 9 years has become the leading play-based charity in the region, resulting in their impact being recognised by UNICEF and the Ministry of Education and Sport. 


An international non-profit volunteering organisation that runs over 450 conservation and community development programmes in over 60 countries.

HSE University, Moscow

The International Summer University is open to students, Ph.D. candidates, post-docs and professionals from around the world and offers a broad interdisciplinary selection of courses. Many of the courses, taught in English, focus on the politics, history, economics, and culture of Russia and Eurasia.

HSE University, St Petersburg

Saint Petersburg HSE Summer School is a chance for you to explore one of the most exciting cities in the world while getting high-quality education. In 2020 there are courses in Economics and Finance, Data Analysis, Marketing, Politics and International Relations, History, as well as Russian Language and Culture taught by experts from Russia.

Karen Hilltribes Trust

A community led organisation working with the Karen people living in Mae Hong Son, one of Thailand’s poorest provinces. Their mission is to empower Karen communities to improve their health, livelihoods and education.


A mental health organisation providing degree-specific volunteer placements in Sri Lanka and Bali, Indonesia. Placements offer participants a chance to gain psychology-focused work experience in professional environments from classrooms to a psychiatric facility.

Smaller Earth

Smaller Earth is one of the UK's leading work and travel providers in meaningful travel and cultural exchange. They send thousands of travellers abroad on life changing adventures each and every year to travel and experience working abroad.

Sporting Opportunities (Working Travel Group)

Sporting Opportunities is for anyone who loves sport and wants to travel with it. They have a number of different ways that you can get involved, whether it be coaching sports to kids on a volunteer project abroad, getting qualified as an instructor in a new sport like skiing or snowboarding or taking your game to the next level whereby you will be placed with a top club overseas so you can work on your own fitness and skills development.

The Intern Group

An award-winning social enterprise promoting skills and employability with international internship programmes, partnered with top universities in the world and leading companies/goverments/NGOs in 15 programme destinations.


Offering volunteering projects in Sri Lanka in English Development, Sports Development, Marine & Wildlife Conservation and Textiles & Design.

Vocational Impact

A supporter of global international development who link tailormade student research, career enhancement and work experience opportunities with NGOs in Africa and India.