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Study, work or volunteer abroad

Expand your horizons and prepare for a career in a global job market

Add an enriching dimension to your studies, enhance your CV and explore the world with our global opportunities.

At York, we aim to provide every student with an opportunity to develop a global perspective whether through study, work or volunteering. This global experience does not necessarily have to take place abroad, there are also ways to get involved here in York.

Why go abroad?

  • Enhance your employability
  • Broaden your cultural and social perspectives
  • Develop your language and communication skills
  • Build up your personal and professional networks
  • Boost your self-confidence, independence and ambition
  • Conquer challenges, solve problems and discover new strengths and abilities

I spent the second year of my degree studying in the USA. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it became a home. Studying abroad changes your life. Exploring my independence has developed my confidence and reshaped my ideas of what I want to do, and where in the world I want to be.

Caitlin, BA English


York has links with top academic institutions and employers all over the world. Though where you can go may depend on your area of study, you don't have to decide whether you'd like to apply to study, work or volunteer abroad as part of your degree until you arrive at York.

However long you go for, you'll have a challenging and rewarding experience, see a different culture and gain a new set of skills to impress potential employers.

Go for a year

Expand your horizons through our worldwide and European exchange programmes

Go for the summer

Immerse yourself in another culture with a short term course at one of our partner universities.

Learn a language

Build up your language skills and cultural knowledge before you go with our free language courses.

What our students say

Read blogs written by students about their global experiences.