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Global opportunities

Explore the world while you learn with Study Abroad or volunteer in another country.

Student volunteering in Bali

Study Abroad

The Study Abroad programme is an enriching opportunity for you to experience living in another country while studying abroad at one of our partner universities.

This popular programme allows you to spend a semester or a year abroad and earn academic credits that count towards your York St John University degree, at no extra tuition fee or time.

Find out more about Study Abroad

Summer global opportunities

White sand beach with palm trees in Fiji.

From summer schools to international volunteering and summer camps, there is a summer opportunity for everyone.

During your next summer break, you could find yourself anywhere from Nepal to South Korea, from Uganda to Fiji. These short-term global opportunities start from just 1 week and are available for all students on any degree*.

You can read more about these opportunities in the booklet below, as well as read testimonials from students who have taken part in global opportunities and learn more about your funding options.

*Final year students are ineligible for the South Korean and Japanese summer school.

International volunteering

You can choose from a range of volunteering projects across the world. Find out more by expanding the menu below.

Volunteer in Fiji and experience the unique culture, customs, and way of life of the incredible South Pacific islands.

You can join a traditional village, become a member of a Fijian family and work as a team to contribute to youth empowerment, community development, sports development, or mental health projects.

Read more on the Think Pacific website.

Think Pacific

Choose from a range of volunteering opportunities and locations to engage with local communities and schools to make a lasting impact overseas.

Projects include social impact in Cambodia, creative arts in Nepal, climate action in Peru, and health and wellbeing in Thailand (plus even more)!

Find out more on the Challenges Abroad website.

Challenges Abroad

Volunteer in Uganda or Kenya to develop children's learning opportunities by building playgrounds.

Projects emphasise the importance of play and arts in children's development, so you will help facilitate these as well within your placed school.

Find out more on the Play Action International website.

Play Action International

Volunteer with Travelteer where your work will help positively impact local communities.

Projects vary from Marine and Wildlife Conservation to Community Development and Mental Health projects.

Find out more on the Travelteer website.


Study in international summer schools

Coming Soon for Summer 2024!

Travel to Japan or South Korea where you will have the opportunity to learn in a different country, experience cultural activities, and immerse yourself in language. These summer schools are designed for students to study for a short time in Japan or South Korea, all whilst getting an enriching view of the countries’ culture.

More information is soon to come on these exciting opportunities, so please keep an eye out on our ‘Global opportunities’ webpage here or sign up to our mailing list below where we will send out live updates.

*This is open to all students from any degree type, excluding final year students.

Sign up to our mailing list (Microsoft Forms)

Train and teach English

TTI Recruit (Thailand)

Train and teach English abroad in Thailand for 11 weeks over the Summer. Spend 4 weeks in-country earning a TEFL certificate and then for the next 7 weeks spend your time teaching in a local school whilst earning a salary!

This is a wonderful opportunity to develop your career prospects whilst getting the opportunity to immerse yourself fin Thai culture.

Find out more on the TTI Recruit Website.

TTI Recruit

Work in summer camps

Head over to the USA or Canada for a summer of a lifetime working at a children's summer camp.

Get enriched in American culture, teach a skill you're passionate about, gain experience of working with children, and even get paid.

We are partnered with many summer camp providers, and you can find more information about these opportunities on their websites below.

Summer camps (apart from BUNAC) are exempt from any funding as they are paid positions.

BUNAC   CCUSA Camps   USA Summer Camp   Camp America


Funding is available for travel abroad through the government's Turing Scheme and York St John's Volunteering Fund.

Find out more about funding by using the links below:

Turing Scheme funding   York St John Volunteering Fund

William A Gauld Scholarship

The William A Gauld Scholarship is a scholarship for students who are care leavers or estranged. Students who are allocated this funding may receive between £250 to £1000.

If you believe you are eligible for this scholarship, you do not need to apply for this separately to Turing Funding. Funding will be allocated as part of the Turing application process.

Contact us

To find out more about funding and opportunities, email us at