Organising your own study or work placement

As a GCU student it’s possible to arrange a semester or year abroad independently.

The first thing that you should do is check with your Programme Leader whether your period abroad will be credit bearing or time out of your studies. If you go abroad in this way, it's worth remembering that you are responsible for all of the arrangements, so you should start planning at least a year before you want to go.

In Europe and around the world you can find seasonal paid roles in hotels, catering, camping, sports, au pairing, farm work, teaching and other areas. There are many volunteering opportunities too, often in environmental conservation work or supporting remote communities. The Careers Centre has a list of the latest opportunities available, as well as links to relevant websites.

Please come along to our reception area outside H204 to let us know that you are thinking about doing this as you may be entitled to funding.

Please view some available work placements below:


IAESTE provides science and engineering undergraduates with training experience abroad in the second year of study and above.  The majority of these placements are for 6 to 12 weeks in the summer months, although longer periods are occasionally available.  IAESTE arranges paid course-related vacation training abroad on a reciprocal exchange basis so that in every participating country IAESTE trainees are both entering and leaving for placements.

Outgoing students who have a placement under IAESTE are eligible for an Erasmus grant (of up to €375 per month) provided that the placement fulfils all criteria for an Erasmus placement. 

Work experience gained abroad enhances your independence and flexibility, communication and foreign language skills, and contributes to your personal and academic development. Employers know that if students have successfully overcome the challenges brought on by international work experience, they will stand out from the crowd at interview.

More information about IAESTE can be found on the British Council Website. Step-by-step application information is provided by the British Council.

You can also contact students who have completed an IAESTE work placement to find out more information.