Options Abroad

Explore international opportunities in Europe and further.



This site is to help you learn about different opportunities abroad – mainly about studying, but also about gap year options like work and volunteering. The focus is mainly on Europe since it’s the most simple, safe and affordable option. But there are a few options in more distant countries as well. If you have any additional questions, you can contact us via the option below. Safe travels!


> Study Abroad

continue your studies in another country, either in a university or a specialised trade school.

> Volunteer Abroad

taking a gap year before rushing to university can provide you with a lot of useful experience and help you get to know yourself better.

> Work Abroad

finding a job can give you the same benefits as volunteering, while also helping you save for the future.

> Short-term options

not quite ready to move to a foreign country but still want an international experience? No worries, there are plenty of opportunities for that as well.


Why go abroad?

1. Living in a new country and new culture is a really enriching experience, you learn a lot of new things and discover a whole new perspective on life.

2. The experience is a great addition to your resume, showing employers that you are courageous, open-minded and independent.

3. Improving your language skills or learning a whole new language is another great benefit for future jobs – or simply expanding your horizons.

4. Adapting to life away from home and learning to do things on your own means a lot of personal growth that will make you more confident and self-reliant.



Why not go abroad?

1. Being far away from your friends and family can be a really demanding experience and takes time to get used to, especially if you’re used to relying on them.

2. In a new country you often begin from zero: there are organizations that help young people get settled in but rebuilding your daily life can be a lot of effort.

3. Learning new languages is a huge benefit, but the learning process can be difficult and lead to communication problems.

4. You can often rely on scholarships or EU funds, but depending on your project and personal lifestyle, living abroad can still be quite expensive.

Considering this, it’s important to remember that going abroad is not for everyone – and that’s okay. But it’s also not impossible! You can discuss the decision and plans with your family, search for information online and contact career counsellor in Santa María – Rafael Quesada will be happy to help you! Remember: no wrong choices, no drama.

So, if you’re interested in taking the exciting step of living abroad, you can read more about the specific options: studying, volunteering, working.

If you feel like living abroad is too big of a step right now but still want to get involved with international experiences, you can read about: short-term options.



Here are some testimonials from former Santa María students who have participated in different projects!

Got your attention? Learn more about studying, volunteering or working abroad, or start with some short-term options.

Contact us

Contact our career counsellor in Santa María:

Rafael Quesada rafaelquesada@santamariadelosangeles.es

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