Summer Opportunities Fair

Summer Opportunities Fair 2019

Wednesday 23 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:

Go Global stands

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) and National Chengchi University (management students only). Come and talk to students who went in summer 2018.

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 2019.


The University of York is partnering with the Academic Internship Council to offer 8-week summer internships in three locations in 2019: Tokyo, Vancouver and California. 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.

Departmental stands

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.


Crowdfunding is a great way to fund your international experiences. With tailored fundraising advice, guidance and support and the chance to reach out to alumni to fundraise for your experiences, the YuStart team are here to help you take the steps you need to fund your opportunities abroad. 

External stands

The British Council - Beth White and Jo Grogan-Ainsworth‌ 

Beth and Jo are final year Language and Linguistic Science students working on behalf of the British Council to promote the Language Assistants programme. They have spent 6-9 months working as assistants abroad and will be at the fair to share their experiences.‌

Camp Canada

An established summer camp programme and winners of the silver 2017 British youth travel customer service award, offering a nine-week summer camp in Canada.

Camp Leaders

An established front-runner for cultural exchange programmes around the world, offering a nine-week summer camp in 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.


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

Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange

ICYE UK is an ethical, international volunteering charity, which works in partnership with a network of ICYE organisations throughout Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe to provide supported international volunteering opportunities that directly benefit local communities.


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.

The Student Language Bureau

A full support network for students and recent graduates working, travelling, studying and living abroad. The SLB provides job opportunities world-wide, including full-time placements, part-time work, summer work, graduate programmes and more.

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.