Language Learning Support - Working and studying abroad

Working and studying abroad


The government has launched a new Outward Student Mobility Strategy to encourage more students to gain vital international experience from overseas study and work placements, allowing them to compete in the global race for jobs and skills.

'Against a background of continuing globalisation and technological change,
employers need graduates who can compete in global marketplaces and meet global challenges.'

Find out more in: Global Graduates into Global Leaders, a report by the Council for Industry and Higher Education (2012)

'There is no substitute for having to live in, cope with, and ultimately learn to function
successfully within the rules and unwritten conventions of a foreign culture.'

Find out more in: Valuing the Year Abroad, a position statement by the British Academy and University Council for Modern Languages (2012)


The Language Centre receives many requests for advice about studying and working abroad, as it is mainly through our CULP courses and independent learners taking advantage of the John Trim Centre and our language advising services that Cambridge students gain the confidence to take up such opportunities. Applicants to the A.J. Pressland Fund for language study bursaries will particularly want to do their research on destinations.

We have therefore provided some links to get you started, but we can not take responsibility for the quality of the information provided on other sites.

We would strongly recommend students visit the social networking site: for advice on placements, handy tips and other services. While the majority of users are linguists taking a year abroad, the site is increasingly being used by a wide range of university students. Of particular interest will be the graduate case studies.


British Council: Study, Work, Create

You may also wish to consult some of the links on the next page.