International Study Centre

Student career skills

Get the best start to your career

Preparing you for working life after your degree is at the heart of everything we do at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre. This continues when you progress to your degree, where you'll benefit from practical, real-world learning and gain skills that will impress employers when you graduate.

Employment-focused learning at the International Study Centre

The job market for graduates can be very competitive so it is essential that you stand out from the crowd in your field. Our CareerAhead activities are built into all teaching programmes at the International Study Centre providing you with a variety of learning opportunities to develop your employability skills, including self-assessment, business/industry research, individual and group work.

Through these activities you will identify your personal qualities and strengths. You will build your confidence by developing key employability skills, such as problem solving, teamwork, time management and communication. Finally, you will receive help to create a personal development plan to work on when you progress to the University. Our tailored support will helping you achieve your career goals when you graduate from the University.

Work experience while you study

You will also have the opportunity to build up work experience through part-time employment or a work placement during your pathway programme or degree. Find out more about working rights as part of your visa.

Virtual Internships

Benefit from an online internship placement in a career field of your choice with Virtual Internships. Having access to a virtual work placement experience will help prepare you for the world of work, by enabling you to put the knowledge you have gained from your academic studies into working practice*.

Once you begin your journey with us at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre^, you will be able to utilise Virtual Internships at no extra cost and start gaining real-world industry experience while you study with us**.

Benefits of a Virtual Internship

  • Develop your CV whilst you complete your studies.
  • Improve your employability with evidence of work experience from a range of prestigious employers.
  • Prepare for the future workplace by gaining experience of working remotely.
  • Put what you learn during your pathway programme into practice and develop outside the classroom.

You will also gain access to CareerBridge, a professional development hub. Here, you will be assigned a supervisor who can help you develop your CV and interview techniques, as well as deliver key insights that will be useful once you have started your career.

* Under your Student visa you are permitted to work for up to 20 hours per week – this includes any hours you choose to devote to a virtual internship. Please see full terms and conditions for more information.
** Please note that a virtual internship is usually an unpaid experience.
^ Please note that the 1 term Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme is excluded

Opportunities at the University

The University of Strathclyde creates degree programmes that are relevant to the real world and give you the best possible start to your career after you complete your degree. Each university faculty has strong connections within industry who help students to become graduates that are ready for the workplace. Many degree programmes at the University are fully accredited by professional institutions.

You will have access to one-to-one Careers Service support at the University of Strathclyde throughout your degree and for up to five years after graduation. You’ll take part in careers advice and guidance sessions that help you achieve your career goals, and you’ll be able to network with employers and industry professionals.

94% of graduates in work or study within six months of graduation.

(Provided by the University of Strathclyde Strategy & Policy team 2018)

Strathclyde Student Maha

I feel proud and the International Study Centre and the University of Strathclyde made me really ready to face challenges. They made me get ready for a career by doing workshops and practice job interviews.

"I’ve got an internship at PwC Middle East. It’s a six-month internship in different areas, like technology and government, where it will use the management strategies I studied at Strathclyde. I’m going to face harder challenges but I think that’s what makes life more interesting."

Maha from Saudi Arabia Studied Undergraduate Foundation Programme in
Business and Social Studies
Progressed to BA (Hons) Hospitality & Tourism Management

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