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Working as a Researcher

Global opportunities

As a researcher, you may have the opportunity of attending a conference or undertaking fieldwork overseas. Equally, you might be based for a while at a university in another country.

English is now often the common language among collaborative research teams. But the sometimes subtle differences between people from very different backgrounds can bring extra richness.

Here are some starting points to help you get the most out of an international setting.  

Hello and goodbye

It's a great investment to learn a few key phrases in the local language or dialect beforehand. 'Hello', 'goodbye', 'please' and 'thank you' can go a long way, especially with people you meet off-campus. In some locations, things can happen quite differently away from your hotel, conference suite and the airport shuttlebus.

The University's Modern Languages department, based at the Avenue campus, may be able to help with tuition in a range of languages. 

'Cultural awareness'

Online, the translation agency Kwintessential has a good general introduction, as well as top ten tips page.

At the University of Southampton, Communication & Cultural Awareness courses are run twice a year by the Doctoral College.

Top tips

The University has comprehensive Health and Safety and Risk Assessment guidance for researchers travelling overseas, for example to undertake field research.

If necessary, your line manager or faculty H&S officer will be able to advise.

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