Other international opportunities

A range of opportunities are available to give you a wider international experience as part of your studies.

If you are a full-time student currently enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and planning an international experience, who has been assessed for a Brookes bursary, you may wish to apply for a Santander Student Award.

Partner University Summer School Options

If you are not interested in studying for a full semester abroad, why not consider applying for a summer school instead? Summer schools provide a great opportunity for students from a diverse range of backgrounds to experience a period of study abroad.

In addition to the academic programme, summer schools also offer a range of social activities, so you have plenty of opportunities to get to know other students, as well as your new environment.

Want to know more? Please see the information we have put together about opportunities, which are being offered by some of our international partners.


Taking part in a BUNAC overseas work/volunteer programme gives you the chance to live and work in a new and exciting country and do something really worthwhile with your time off from work or studies.

Programmes last from as little as five weeks to as long as two whole years. Participants can take part in a BUNAC programme as part of their summer vacation, during a gap year, after graduation or as a career break.

For more information about various programmes, costs and application process visit the BUNAC website.

British Council Generation UK China study abroad scholarships

Academic scholarships offered through Generation UK are for periods of non-degree study ranging from a single semester to a full academic year at mainland Chinese universities.
Applicants for all Generation UK academic scholarships must be:

  • A British passport holder (for NI domiciled only, British or Irish passport holder)
  • A student enrolled at a UK higher education institution or a recent graduate (applying within one year of your graduation date)
  • Aged 18 or above

All Generation UK academic scholarships cover: Tuition fees (in China), accommodation, monthly living stipend and medical insurance.

For more information, please visit the Generation UK webpage.
If you are chosen to be part of this programme, please contact studyabroad@brookes.ac.uk

Omprakash EdGE-programme

Omprakash EdGE offers students a unique opportunity for professional development, personal growth, and immersive experiential learning within the Omprakash network of grassroots health, education, and environmental projects in over 30 countries. EdGE supplements traditional field placements in an international network with a 12-week pre-departure curriculum, personalised guidance and support, and a capstone project. By training and supporting students throughout their engagement with the international network, EdGE helps them become more inspired and critically informed agents of social change.

See their video for Oxford Brookes students on the right of this webpage or view their YouTube channel.

For more information, please visit the Omprakash EdGE website.

Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange UK (ICYE-UK)

Do you see why development issues matter in Africa, Asia and Latin America? Do you see why exploring local communities can be more exciting than visiting tourist hotspots? Do you see why volunteering overseas can build skills which can assist you in your future career?

ICYE-UK is a registered charity and is part of an international federation of exchange NGOs that place volunteers on social, community and environmental projects worldwide for between 3 weeks and 12 months. Their placements enable individuals to live and volunteer in another country, learn a new language, gain a true insight into another culture, and a better understanding of their own and other people’s lives. ICYE-UK also provides voluntary placements with local charities in the UK for individuals from all over the world.

Volunteering with ICYE is a fantastic opportunity for a placement year, after graduation or as a career break.

To find out more about the projects, support and training, please visit the ICYE-UK website.

British Council Language Assistant Scheme

If you are in your second to final year of university or have recently graduated this could be the programme for you. You can choose from various countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America or North America.

English Language Assistants support the teaching of English in a school or university overseas. You will be paid for your work, however there may be some initial cost for visas and work permits. The financial requirements will vary depending on which country you wish to work in.

The experience will stay with you for a lifetime, giving you the confidence and skills to stand out from the crowd and compete in a global job market. It may even spark a long-term passion for teaching.

Information including deadlines is updated regularly on the British Council website.

If you are chosen to be part of this programme, please inform studyabroad@brookes.ac.uk

If you would join the scheme as part of your French or Spanish language degree studies here at Brookes, you might be eligible for Erasmus funding.

British Council Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme

The majority of Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme participants work as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs), assisting with English teaching in schools across Japan. As an ALT your role will be to assist Japanese Teachers of English rather than lead classes on your own.

English teaching in Japan has traditionally focused more on reading and writing skills than on oral communication. Even at Senior High School level, students’ spoken English is generally quite basic.

As an ALT, you will play a key role in promoting communicative training in the classroom. Contact with an ALT also provides your students with a valuable chance to become familiar with another culture.

Please find more information on their website.
If you get chosen, please contact studyabroad@brookes.ac.uk

Study China Programme

The Study China Programme offers students a unique opportunity to experience Chinese life, culture, language and business. The programme is managed by The University of Manchester and funded by the Government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

This distinctive programme offers the opportunity to interact with Chinese students, academic staff, local families and businesses, providing profound access to this fascinating country. Throughout the programme you will be immersed in a vibrant campus environment at a leading Chinese University, ensuring that your Study China experience is truly unforgettable!

Please note, that if the programme dates collide with Oxford Brookes semester dates, you will need to contact your academic adviser to discuss if you can apply for the programme and are allowed to miss some days of teaching.

Please visit the Study China website for application deadlines and information on the application process. You need to apply directly to the programme via Study China website.

Should you get accepted, please contact studyabroad@brookes.ac.uk

“From the friendly and caring culture to the diverse range of food I loved every second I spent in China and will never forget my time spent there.”

Brookes LLB Law student who took part in Study China