Why go abroad for a year?

Nothing influenced my life more than my first experience abroad in 2008. In case you need more encouragement to take the plunge, here are a few pros and cons…

UCL Year Abroad Work Placements blog


A year away from your degree is a long time taken out of your academic studies in the UK. When thinking about the pros and cons, consider the following;



  • Increased employability through an enhanced CV
  • Improve your foreign language skills
  • Add an enjoyable and valuable work experience to your CV
  • Work experience helps you to discover how much you like that line of work
  • Add to your contacts list and increase your ‘network-ability’
  • Make new friends & travel
  • Self-discovery and broadening your mind
  • First-hand experience of a new culture


  • Costs – supported by Erasmus grant? Student loan? Personal loan? Savings? Earnings?
  • Culture shock
  • Absence of your usual support network
Just about every person I have met has said they enjoyed their year abroad. If you have any concerns you would like to discuss with UCL Careers, give us a call on 020 7866 3600.

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