Cardiff University


Cardiff University – Sustainable Global Experience 2023




In collaboration with the Carbon Literacy Project, this innovative and carbon-conscious programme includes a 5-night Sustainable Field Trip in Amsterdam or Brussels and a Carbon Literacy Training to improve students’ understanding of climate change and carbon emissions.

  • Sustainably travel to, and explore an exciting new country
  • Take part in an accredited CL training to become certified as Carbon Literate
  • Increase your digital, employability, cultural and workplace skills on Pagoda’s certified online skills courses
  • Enhance professional networks by joining the Pagoda Global Community and connecting with sector experts from around the globe
  • Develop a range of transferable skills through Enquiry-Based Learning (EBL) including comprehension, analysis, critical thinking, research, evaluation & presentation
  • Group travel between campus & Mainland Europe
  • Carbon emissions offset by 150%
  • Tours, masterclasses & networking events
  • Engage with public & private sector organisations
  • Sector-specific focus, with sustainability embedded throughout
  • Shared hostel accommodation included
  • Full on-site support from Pagoda
  • Understand the theory of climate change and sustainable practices
  • 2 mandatory 3-hour sessions
  • Opportunity to be awarded a uniquely-coded Carbon Literacy certificate



Pagoda will host a virtual pre-departure event where participants will have the chance to have their questions answered. A recording of the event will be provided to those unable to attend.

Accredited by the Manchester-based Carbon Literacy Project, participants will receive Carbon Literacy Training and an official certificate upon completion.

Carbon Literacy is defined as “an awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.”

The training, developed by the Carbon Literacy Project, is globally unique and was recognised as such by the UN at COP21, where it was awarded as a TAP100, one of 100 Worldwide Transformative Action Programs. It has been implemented by more than 1700 organisations worldwide, including the NHS, the BBC, and the Machester City Council.

By incorporating Carbon Literacy Training into this programme, we aim to equip students with a solid educational foundation and understanding of the importance of adopting a carbon-conscious lifestyle.

  • 5-night field trip to Amsterdam, giving participants hands-on industry experience in a global context
  • Introduction to a carbon-conscious culture
  • Any carbon generated will be offset 150% through Gold Standard offsetting projects
  • Sustainability themes weaved throughout each component of the programme
SUNDAYArrival & welcome dinner
MONDAYOrientation & project setupSustainable city tour
TUESDAYMasterclasses at sector-aligned businesses in the city/regionGroup project work and free time to explore
WEDNESDAYTours at sector-aligned businesses in the city/regionGroup project work and free time to explore
THURSDAYGroup-project presentations

Q&A with industry professionals

Networking opportunity

Farewell dinner
FRIDAYCarbon conscious tourist activityDeparture

According to the International Energy Alliance’s (IEA) 2020 Tracking Transport Report, ships, planes and road-vehicles make up almost three-quarters of global transport emissions.

Urban and high-speed trains are one of the most sustainable, long-distance transport methods. Eurostar’s high-speed trains are the most carbon-efficient option when travelling between London and neighbouring European cities.

On average, travelling on the Eurostar emits 10 times less carbon per passenger compared to a short-haul flight to the same destination.

In line with the programme’s core ethos, transportation during the programme is exclusively via public transport and walking.

To reflect the programme’s core ethos, participants will stay at high-quality hostels, which both support and demonstrate sustainable and environmental practices.

Hostels are situated in, or are in close proximity to the city centre, with excellent public transport links.

In addition to the other programme components, Pagoda will arrange for students to take part in guided tours around the best attractions the city has to offer.

All entrance fees are covered as part of the programme and the group will be fully supported and supervised throughout the activity by a friendly member of the Pagoda staff.

Participants will have their evenings free throughout the programme to explore the city and bond with their fellow teammates. A Digital Welcome Pack of the city’s (arguably) best sustainable attractions, shops and restaurants will be provided.

Pagoda’s app is built for communities and allows users to engage, share and communicate with each other whilst maintaining a high level of privacy.


Maintain communication with Pagoda before, during, and after the programme.

Skills Courses

Pagoda Projects have developed a series of skills courses set to encourage the development of the learner’s current skillset and improve their ‘work readiness’ for a post-pandemic career.

These courses prepare the learner with the knowledge required to communicate effectively within an international working-group or team, tackle the job market with confidence and have a strong understanding of ‘digital’ implications of work. As qualifications remain a vital measure of achievement, a certificate is provided following each completed Pagoda skills course.

Global Alumni Community

Connect with other participants and students from other programmes all around the world.

Application Deadline: 14th April 2023

Brussels Programme Dates (Field Trip): 25th June to 30th June 2023

Amsterdam Programme Dates (Field Trip): 6th August to 11th August 2023

The info sessions are completely non-commital and if you can’t make it you can always register and we’ll send you the recording after. The only people with cameras on will be the hosts and we’ll use the Q&A box to ask questions.




Amsterdam is currently ranked 5th in most eco-friendly cities and has pledged to be emission-free by 2030. Home to front-running green initiatives, this city is the perfect location to explore sustainability. Wander around the Amsterdam canals, taste a stroopwafel, and try not to get hit by a bike!



Being home to the EU parliament and commission, Brussels is hugely influential in fighting climate change. It is one of the greenest capitals in Europe working towards a circular economy. Stroll through the cobbled streets, try Belgian waffles and visit the world’s biggest beer selection!


Cardiff University is providing £1300 of funding per eligible student. Students will need to pay £200 GBP to help cover accommodation, transport, some meals, and some activities.

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds may also be eligible to receive an additional university funding grant to help offset these costs, meaning the programme will be fully funded for qualifying students.

In addition, a £50 GBP refundable deposit will be invoiced to students who have been allocated a place on the programme. Deposits are refunded at the successful end of the programme, deducting any cleaning fees or damage to the accommodation. If the deposit is presenting a barrier, please reach out to Pagoda and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Cardiff University – Summer Internship Programme 2023



Pagoda are delighted to be working with Cardiff University, to offer our fully supported overseas internship opportunities, for summer 2023!

Students taking part will have the option of completing an 8-week internship with a host company based in Spain, Portugal or Vietnam, choosing across a variety of sectors. Your programme will be split into half working remotely and the other in-country, where you’re provided accommodation, on-site support and an amazing internship experience!

Programme Dates – 26th June to 23rd August 2023




8-week full time internship, either all in-county or a blended half/half format when you’ll spend 4-weeks overseas and 4-weeks completing the internship online.


Private accommodation, inclusive of all bills & Wi-Fi, on good transport links, sharing with other students on the programme.

Visa assistance and comprehensive travel/medical insurance as an optional extra.

Airport pickup, transfer to accommodation, welcome pack & detailed orientation.

Regular organised events, trips & activities throughout the programme.

24/7 on-site emergency and general support from the friendly Pagoda team.

Access to Pagoda’s online Skills Courses to improve your employability, cultural fluency & digital skills.

Join over 5000 previous students in the Pagoda exclusive alumni network for future employability opportunities across the globe.


Cardiff University is providing £2250 in funding for eligible students.  All students will be required to self-fund £745 GBP for EU destinations or £250 for Ho Chi Minh City. Accommodation is provided within the destination country.

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds may be eligible to receive an additional £200 GBP university grant to help offset these costs.

In addition, a £200 GBP refundable deposit will be invoiced to students who have been allocated a place on the programme. Deposits are refunded at the successful end of the programme, deducting any cleaning fees or damage to the accommodation. If the deposit is presenting a barrier, please reach out to Pagoda and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Please note that flights and daily spending money for food and transportation are not covered by our programme fees.


Pagoda will be taking applications from students from the beginning of the 2022/23 academic year, with the aim of providing confirmation and acceptances onto the programme throughout the year until all places are allocated.

There’s a generous number of places available, so we encourage any student thinking about taking part to apply as the application process is very simple and easy to confirm your place!

Application Deadline – 6 February 2023



Apply through the link below and we will be in touch within 24 hours. You will be asked to submit a video interview or complete a phone interview (your choice!) so your application can be assessed as part of the initial selection process.



If selected, a member of the Pagoda team will be in touch with the good news and for you to confirm what destination and format you prefer.

If we have capacity in your choice, your place will be confirmed and you can begin the final stages of arranging the specific internship for the programme.



We’ll work with each student on an individual basis to assist with the application for an internship. The students taking part can select from any internships that are listed on our website here.

Once you’ve finalised a role, Pagoda will be on hand to help with any questions before travelling and be waiting at the airport to assist with transfers to the provided accommodation.  







Choose from over 1,000 global internship opportunities, across a wide variety of sectors, company sizes and roles.

Our team goes to great lengths to source meaningful internship opportunities for our participants, with extensive vetting of each company. Our internships are enjoyable, high quality and align with students’ academic and career goals.

The process of securing an internship will begin in early 2023, where you will be able to review the full position and company outline for the huge number of opportunities.

You select which to apply for, interview direct with the companies and accept an offer of an internship from whichever you’re happy to complete!




The on-site Pagoda team in each destination sources and manages apartment accommodation for participants, in line with our accommodation quality policy.

You will always be provided your own private bedroom and any shared facilities will always be with Pagoda participants only. Female-only accommodation is available and provided at no additional cost, with all located on good transport links in secure area of the cities where Pagoda delivers programmes.




Our Student Support Outline gives a comprehensive guide to our support. 24/7 emergency support is included in every in-person programme.

Our local teams organise regular optional social, networking and travel activities for participants. This includes weekly dinners and weekend trips to fit around participants’ schedules. Our local knowledge helps students discover hidden gems and visit sites on a student budget.





Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the capital of Vietnam. This bustling city is the business and financial hub of Vietnam. With it’s classic French architecture, sleek skyscrapers and mixture of French, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine it’s no wonder why millions of tourists visit the capital each year.


Known for being one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, Madrid is the heart of the country. In the city you can find a range of cultural and historical treasures such as the Royal Palace. Also known for its renaissance and contemporary art museums, sunny blue skies and unique neighbourhoods. There is an endless amount of things to do in Madrid.


Lisbon is the stunning capital of Portugal. Blending traditional heritage with modernism, Lisbon holds a rich and varied history with a buzzing nightlife. As a safe and friendly city, it’s easy to explore with so much to see. Famed for its rattling tram lines and oozing colourful architecture. Visiting Lisbon is a win all round.



Your university will confirm your eligibility for the programme before Pagoda finalises your place on the programme. Before agreeing to any overseas experience, your university will outline what funding you will be able to access to help towards the costs of your flights and spending money. The full programme fee will be covered by your university, so don’t forget to show your appreciation should you take part!Pagoda Projects will be following government travel advice and we will keep you updated should any restriction changes affect your programme. In the event of a programme cancelation, your deposit will be refunded in full**. Alternatively, you will also have the opportunity to switch to a remote internship if an in-person programme is not possible and your university agrees to this format.

**Please note: As flight costs are not covered by the programme funding, Pagoda would not refund flight costs in the event of a programme cancellation. Therefore, as a precaution, we strongly advise that all flights are booked as refundable.All Pagoda internships can be found here.The deposit is £200 and it is a refundable sum of money which guarantees your place on our programme and covers your accommodation deposit. If your accommodation is left in the same standard as it is found, your deposit will be refunded within 6 weeks after your internship programme. See our Terms & Conditions for more details.Vaccinations will depend on which destination you decide on and what the relevant government and travel advice is at the time.

Once you have decided on your destination, Pagoda Projects will direct you to your GP for vaccine recommendations and COVID-related vaccine advice. You can also contact Pagoda for any additional information.Established in 2007, Pagoda Projects have over a decade’s worth of experience in successfully delivering international programmes on behalf of governmental bodies and universities worldwide.

Our internship and employability programmes have spanned over 20 destinations worldwide, and have welcomed over 5000 students and counting. We are confident in our team’s ability to deliver meaningful career developing opportunities to prepare the next generation of global graduates!Step 1: Submit an application and secure your place on the programme.
Step 2: Select an internship opportunity and complete the interview process with specific host companies.
Step 3: Book flights, obtain relevant visa and go to your GP for vaccine advice.
Step 4: Ready to go!

Pagoda Projects will be here to support you throughout the entire process. We will keep you updated regularly and provide detailed information each step of the way.Yes, many! Pagoda Projects works with many universities from all over the world. Therefore, it is highly likely that other students both from your university and other universities will be participating in the programme across the same dates as you.Accommodation costs are covered by the programme funding. However, there are daily costs you should budget for, including food, drink, social events and transport.

It may be useful to refer to our blogs about budgeting in our various destinations, found here:

Use this link to find out the current daily exchange rates: short-term internships (8-12 weeks) are unpaid; however, our short-term internship programmes are university-funded where the cost of Pagoda supporting you throughout the process and in-country, along with your accommodation is typically paid for on behalf of Pagoda participants.Fully comprehensive travel and medical insurance will be provided either by Pagoda or your University. This is subject to review depending on the latest government travel advice, but no student completing any Pagoda programme will be able to take part without the appropriate insurance.Pagoda Projects will be here to support you throughout the entire process, including the visa application. Once you have chosen a destination, we will send the steps you need to complete to apply for your visa. The visa type will depend on your chosen destination and the passport you hold.

IMPORTANT: To avoid any complications with the visa process, your passport must be in date for more than 12 months from your programme start date, i.e. if your programme start date is 20/06/2022, your passport expiry date cannot be any date before the 21/06/2023.





Cardiff University funded participants in Qingdao

Andriy’s International Business Internship in Qingdao

Name: Andriy Zapotichny
Nationality: British
Destination: Qingdao
Accommodation: Apartment
Programme details: 6 week University funded internship
University: Cardiff University
Year: 2018

Andriy recently completed a 6 week International Business internship programme in Qingdao.

“It’s not being able to come here and someone telling you what to do, it’s your own ambition and what you want to learn. So if you come into this with the mindset of ‘Yes, I want to bring something back’, this is definitely the experience for you.” 

This internship programme was funded by Cardiff University, and organised through InternChina. Not only do InternChina find participants internships, but we also offer a support system in the city of your internship and organise participant activities, trips and dinners – including trips to Beijing and Shanghai this summer which included participants from each of our destinations!

“Qingdao has exceeded my expectations. I came into this country with all my friends and family telling me that China is completely different to what I’ve seen myself. Qingdao is filled with wonders of the world, it has a tall mountain called Laoshan, temples and beaches as well, which I didn’t anticipate”  

If you’re interested in working abroad and dicovering a new culture, why not APPLY NOW?

Mumbi in Qingdao, China. Internship Reference Video 2017

Name: Mumbi Mulenga
Nationality: British
Destination: Qingdao
Accommodation: Apartment
Programme details: 6 weeks, Cardiff University Funded Internship Programme
University: Cardiff University
Year: 2019

Mumbi completed a 6 week journalism internship in Qingdao, where she noticed some cultural differences.

“In terms of the culture, I’ll take back the community spirit and leave behind the individualistic spirit that I came with from the UK, because everything here is done as a community.”

At InternChina, we say we offer “more than just an internship”. We aim to provide our participants with an all-rounder, life-changing experience!

“I didn’t just gain skills in the internship, I gained everyday skills and life lessons and I also learned so much about Qingdao just from working here”

If you would like to immerse yourself in a new culture and gain invaluable professional and life experience, why not APPLY NOW?

Jess’s internship in Zhuhai – InternChina

Name: Jessica Rafter
Nationality: British
Destination: Zhuhai
Accommodation: Apartment
Programme details: 6 weeks, Cardiff University Funded Internship Programme
University: Cardiff University
Year: 2016

Jess spent 6 weeks interning for an Engineering company in Zhuhai.

“It was a lot more hands on than I thought it’d be and I’ve been given a lot of responsibility.”

InternChina not only helps interns with their internships, but also the lifestyle side of living in China, so that participants can truly enjoy the real China.

“I didn’t really realise they’d [InternChina] be so hands on when we’ve been there. So it’s been a great network to have other people in the same shoes as you.”

If you’re interested in finding an internship in China and seeing what China is really like, why not APPLY NOW?