Why study abroad?
There are many reasons to study abroad, but ultimately it all comes down to you making the most of it. Being away from home for a long time can be challenging, but immersing yourself in a new country will make it one of the most rewarding things you can do during your time at university.
As you'll be abroad for a full academic year, you're bound to make new friends. With that comes learning some of the language and experiencing a whole new culture. Seeing how other countries live can be both humbling and enriching, and you're sure to get something worthwhile out of it. It's always great to have friends around the world, giving you even more reasons to return to your favourite places.
You'll explore foreign environments and find your way around new places, giving you a confidence boost as well has being a really handy skill to master for when you travel the world beyond your studies.
Studying abroad can enhance your academic experience in many ways. You'll different teaching styles from expert academics prominent in their fields. You will have access to unique courses, making the most of opportunities you might not get at home in the UK.
You'll study alongside native students, helping you build a network of international contacts. This is invaluable if you want to pursue and academic career with an international community.
Employers value candidates who have international experience, cross-cultural skills, and a global perspective. You might also meet new professional contacts and gain insights into different industries and markets.
For those with language skills, experience with native speakers will help you stand out from the crowd. Industries that desire international language skills will be more attracted to your application.
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How does studying abroad work?
A large number of our courses offer the opportunity to study abroad for a year, normally in your second year. While studying abroad, you will study similar modules and classes as you would if you were at home.
After spending your second year overseas, you come home to finish your degree for your third and final year.
You will have access to financial support and more through our international exchange programmes, which are vital in getting you to where you want to go.
This provides a perfect opportunity to not only see the world beyond our shores, but to bolster your own personal and professional skills. Time spent abroad can be invaluable, and helps you stand out from the crowd in a competitive global market.
Want to try something different while you're away?
We also have the option for you to study a different course while you're away. This course has to be related to your current studies in the UK. This means that you can live in a new place and try out studying different modules than you would at home.
To do this, you add an extra year to your studies. This gives you the freedom and flexibility to try new things, while still being able to complete your full degree with us. If you take this option, your course would become four years long. Your time abroad becomes your third year, and your final fourth year will be back home in the UK.
Hear from our students who studied abroad
If you’re thinking of studying abroad, do it. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made and it’s not often you get the chance to spend so much time in a different country. Make sure to talk to new people and make friends. I’ve met some people that I’ll be friends with for the rest of my life.
Our exchange programmes for studying abroad
The Turing Scheme was launched in 2021 by the UK government to support international study and work abroad. It was launched to replace the Erasmus+ programme, which the UK has left following its departure from the EU.
The Turing Scheme provides universities with funding to offer grants to students to carry out either a study or work placement throughout the world*
Develop your personal skills, gain international experience, improve employability and secure life skills. With over 300 member universities in the USA, and over 50 additional countries to choose from, ISEP really does open up the world.
The International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP) is an international network that encourages student exchanges all around the world. These exchanges allow students to ‘swap’ places with other students at universities that are also members of ISEP. Exchanges can be for a semester or for the full academic year.
Please note that Erasmus is no longer available to our students. Students can still have opportunities to study at a number of our European partners.
Have you ever imagined living in the cosmopolitan city of Madrid? Always wanted to experience the Northern Lights? Or perhaps you’d prefer to spend your exchange sampling the diverse culture of France.