Part-time and vacation work abroad

Vacation work abroad can be a good opportunity to combine earning money with travelling abroad, or to spend some time volunteering with people from different cultures.

There are many positive reasons for undertaking vacation work abroad: to experience a foreign culture; to improve your employability and language skills; to do something worthwhile; to stand out from the crowd and to have fun.

The options for working abroad during university periods are almost limitless.  You don't have to want to run an American summer camp, be a ski instructor in Canada or pick fruit in France for the rest of your life to really benefit from the experience.  There are many organised schemes available (check out our resource section for some good organisations) or you can approach employers directly.  

Going Global

The Going Global site is a fantastic resource for finding vacancies in many countries around the world, alongside tips on applying, culture, language, climate etc.  It is available as a site wide license, so you will need to be on campus to access this site.

If you are a graduate of the University of Stirling please contact the Careers and Employability Service on 01786 466022 or email us to gain access to Going Global. Please be ready to provide your name, country of residence, email and student number, or details of your study so we can confirm you as Stirling graduate. 

Technical Note: Students may create a personal account from a computer on campus and afterward use that account to log in to Going Global from any computer off campus through the same links listed above.

Top Tips


If you are considering spending some time working abroad, you will want to consider the following questions:

  1. Language/Culture - do you speak the language already?  Can you learn enough to get by?

  2. Climate - Would you be happy in a different climate?  Can you deal with extremes in temperature?

  3. Visa - Do you need a visa for where you want to go?  Will you be eligible?

  4. Distance - How will you deal with being a long way from home?  How will you cope in an emergency?

More information and some useful resources are available on our working abroad section.

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