Students inspired to look beyond the horizon at the annual Global Opportunities GO Abroad Fair
The Global Opportunities team hosted their annual GO Abroad Fair last week on Monday 16 October, giving students the opportunity to find out about various programmes on offer, which are designed to provide an international experience.
These experiences are offered through QMUL’s International Exchange, Erasmus+ and Summer School programmes, as well as options available through partner institutions and externally.
Throughout the event, Global Opportunities and school staff, partners from host institutions and students from our partner schools were on-hand to discuss the opportunities available and give insight into how you can benefit from a global opportunity; as part of or in addition to your degree.
Speaking at the event, Student Alizée Currell said: “I’m vising the Global Opportunities GO Abroad Fair today to find out about what overseas opportunities are available to me at Queen Mary that I wouldn’t be able to experience just from studying in the UK for three years. It will be interesting to see how the experience overseas differs academically from the UK, but I’m also excited to experience life in another country and all that this entails.” School of Geography student Isabella Rousell added: “It’s great that the option exists to be able to go abroad for varying lengths of time based on your own personal circumstances and interests.”
Hear from past students who have travelled abroad on our programmes as well as current students on their search for global opportunities here.
Programme Manager Christine Gregory from Red Tree Study, one of the external companies in attendance, said: "We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to discuss our Peacebuilding and Public Health courses and Film Internship Programme in Colombia with Queen Mary students at the fair last week. We felt very welcomed by the friendly students and hope to introduce some of them to our programmes in the future."
Also in attendance were representatives from QMUL’s student support services. The Advice and Counselling Service was on hand to provide information on the support they offer to students who are preparing to undertake a period of study or work abroad, including planning for funding, Student Finance queries, advice on cost of living, as well as other practical guides for living abroad.
Ceri Bevan, Head of Global Opportunities at QMUL, said of the event: “We were delighted to see over 500 students attend the GO Abroad Fair on Monday 16 October. I would like to say a big thank you to all the QMUL students who studied abroad and attended the fair to talk about their experiences, overseas students on exchange at QMUL and all our colleagues from schools and professional services who helped make the event such a huge success.
“With the recent introduction of new ‘With a Year Abroad’ Degrees across QMUL, more students than ever before will have opportunities to go abroad. We are constantly adding to the programmes and destinations available to students and this year are pleased to welcome several new exchange partners, adding even more choice to our existing range of prestigious exchange partners around the world.”
Some of these new exchange partners include:
- Monash University (Australia and Malaysia)
- Northeastern University (USA)
- University of Monterrey (Mexico)
- Yale NUS College (Singapore)
- University of Iceland (Iceland)
- National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia)
- Makerere University (Uganda)
Interested in a global opportunity?
If you couldn’t make it down to the GO Abroad Fair last week, the Global Opportunities team will be holding a talk about exchanges and summer school options available to you on Wednesday 1 November, 2–3pm in Mason Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building, Mile End campus. There will also be a Q&A session to answer any questions you may have about gaining international experience while at QMUL.
The Global Opportunities team are also excited to bring you a new opportunity called QChallenge Abroad – a pilot programme for the QMUL Model – QMUL’s ground-breaking cross-curricular programme. You’ll gain an international immersive experience, challenging you to adapt and thrive in a new context. Along with students from Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) Royal Institute of Technology and University of Malaya, you’ll step into a different cultural setting and play a part in tackling the biggest issues facing businesses, governments and societies worldwide. Applications opened to undergraduate students on Monday 16 October and will close at midnight on Sunday 19 November.
More information is available on the Global Opportunities website.