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Our global community

We are a growing global community with over 65% of our student members based outside of the UK.

We work in partnership with employers and have vibrant regional communities across the globe.

When you qualify as an Associate or Fellow with the IFoA, you are choosing a highly influential professional body that is respected worldwide. We have links with universities in the UK and abroad and regional representatives supporting our members in India, ChinaSouth East Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The technical skills and commercial acumen you’ll develop as an actuary or actuarial analyst, combined with advances in technology, will open up opportunities in exciting new fields like AI and data science. If you’re interested in a career that can make a real impact, that is challenging but hugely rewarding, then I very much hope you will join us.

Olawale Ayodeji, Consultant, EY, Nigeria


Regional information and Careers Information

We have regional communities all across the globe who can help and support you through your journey to become an actuary. Visit our webpages for China and South East Asia for more information about your region.

Careers Support

We have a number of Careers Ambassadors located around the world, who can share their advice about becoming an actuary, the kind of work you might do in an actuarial role and  the actuarial profession  in your region. If you would like to get in touch with one of our Careers Ambassadors contact us.

View our regional careers guide for South East Asia.

Studying in the UK

If you would like to study in the UK, take a look at our list of the university degrees that are accredited by the IFoA. Many of these universities offer exemptions for some of the IFoA exams that you would need to pass to qualify as an Associate or Fellow. To find out more about the entry requirements for UK university degree programmes, please contact the university directly.

Apprenticeships in the UK

If you are interested applying for an apprenticeship programme in the UK, please note that you must new living in the UK before you are eligible to apply.

Find out more about UK apprenticeships.  

Work Permits

Work permits for those interested in working in the UK are issued by the Borders and Immigration Agency, which is part of the Home Office. Work permit applications can only be made by employers based in the UK who wish to employ people from outside the European Economic Area. Individuals are not allowed to make applications on their own behalf.  More information can be found at

You can find a list of organisations that accept graduate scheme applications from students from outside the EU in our Employer Directory.

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  • The Growth Mindset for Actuaries

    13 October 2021 - 8 December 2021

    Fully booked.

    This practical course is aimed at actuaries at any stage of their career who want to develop their own growth mindset and apply it to their work setting and personal or professional lifelong learning. The content of the course builds on the lecture given by Dr Helen Wright on Growth Mindset as part of the President’s 2021 Lecture series, and will be delivered over a period of 2 months, from mid-October to early December.

  • Spaces available

    The importance of biodiversity for finance, business and policy is being increasingly recognised. While many studies highlight the overall economic impact that biodiversity loss could have, it is much more difficult to quantify and understand the particular impact that is may have on individual businesses or communities. The management and measurement of these risks is a field where actuaries are well placed to contribute.

  • Spaces available

    The climate crisis and the degradation of our planet will affect societies everywhere. How we address these threats will require solutions that transcend borders. As a global profession, the actuarial community is well-placed to consider and propose effective risk management solutions to help manage the climate crisis.

  • GIRO 2021 Webinar Series

    8 November 2021 - 19 November 2021
    Spaces available

    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas and new research across the general insurance sector.

  • Spaces available

    This is a free webinar with an expert panel providing their views on the ongoing IFoA consultation for proposals regarding changes to the regulatory framework on climate change and sustainability.

    The regulatory consultation sets out, for feedback some proposed approaches that the IFoA are considering in relation to charter commitments under the UK’s Green Finance Education Charter (GFEC) and the regulatory framework, including the Actuaries’ Code.

  • Life 2021 Webinar Series

    22 November 2021 - 26 November 2021
    Spaces available

    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas, and new research across the Life insurance sector.

  • Spaces available

    The role of actuaries within the health sector varies considerably from one country to another, due to differences in the local evolution of health systems and the funding models for health services. 

  • Spaces available

    Content will be aimed at all actuaries looking to understand the issues surrounding mental health in insurance and in particular those looking to ensure products and processes widen access for, and are most useful to, those experiencing periods of poor mental health.

  • The Many Faces of Bias

    2 December 2021

    Spaces available

    This webinar looks at the many types of biases, both conscious and unconscious and the impacts they can have in the workplace.  Raising our own awareness and understanding of the issues can help us avoid the pitfalls of unconscious bias in particular.  We’ve all heard the phrase ‘office banter’ but are we sure that’s how those on the receiving end perceive it and is it ok to go along with it?