Field trips overseas

A field trip overseas offers a great opportunity for you to take part in activities that enable you to learn more about your particular subject in a new country. It can also be invaluable for course-related research projects, which may involve you volunteering your services at the same time.

Field trips can range in duration from one week up to a couple of months and may be arranged through your faculty at BU or through a specialist organisation. There is generally a cost involved for participation in the activity, as well as travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.

Field trips can be for undergraduate and postgraduate students and may be included as part of your degree or as an extra-curricular activity you arrange for yourself.

Funding available for field trips overseas

If you decide to undertake a field trip overseas you might be able to benefit from funding to contribute towards some of the costs of your activity.

If your field trip activity takes place in the EEA and has a duration of at least 60 days, you may be able to benefit from BU Erasmus+ funding. Please note, the Erasmus+ funding will be able available for BU students for mobilities overseas until May 2023 only.

You may also be able to benefit from BU Turing Scheme funding which is available to all BU students undertaking mobilities globally with a duration between 2 weeks and 12 months. Please note, BU currently offers Turing Scheme funding for mobilities taking place ending before 31 August 2022. Availability for funding in 2022/23 will be announced in due course.

If you would like to know more information about the Erasmus+ funding or the Turing Scheme funding and the eligibility and quality assessment requirements, please visit the relevant webpages or email the team at: [email protected] for queries about the Erasmus+ funding and at: [email protected] for queries about the Turing Scheme funding.

Organisations who could help you organise your field trip

Please remember though that all of the opportunities listed below have been provided in good faith. BU is not responsible for the content of the websites or any of the activities these organisations are running. Students are responsible for any financial costs which they may incur.

  • Gap Force - adventure travel programmes, volunteer projects, conservation placements, outdoor training courses conservation, wildlife volunteering
  • Grampus Heritage - placements in Environmental, Archaeological and Traditional Skills in Europe
  • Archelon - Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece offering monitoring and research projects
  • Atlantic Whale Foundation - cetacean educational awareness, research and conservation programmes
  • i-to-i - international volunteering projects and paid internships in teaching
  • Working Abroad - volunteer and internship projects abroad in the fields of climate change, marine conservation, rainforest and wildlife conservation.
International summer programmes

International summer programmes

Learn about another country’s language and culture; a summer school gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new way of life abroad.

Man giving speech at conference

Conferences overseas

Attending a conference overseas is a great chance to interact with your academic peers while experiencing a new country.

student at language school

Taught language courses

Learn a new language or improve your existing skills on a taught language course, either in the UK or overseas. 

Volunteering overseas

Volunteering overseas

At BU, we encourage students who want to volunteer to look beyond the UK too and there are a whole host of opportunities overseas.