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Study Abroad

Develop your language skills and experience life in another country.

Why Study Abroad?

This is an optional arrangement that extends the duration of your degree for one year, and offers you the opportunity to experience an alternative university system, improve your language skills and gain an understanding of a country that can only be obtained by living and working in it. As well as developing new skills, you'll also make some amazing memories, meet new people and explore everything your chosen country has to offer.

10 reasons to study abroad

Get the Student Perspective

Hear Keshav share his experience of studying in at the University of Waterloo in Canada and how it has shaped his future.

Keshav also provides advice to students who might be considering studying abroad as part of their degree course.

View video transcript

Application Process

Applications for the Study Abroad year are made in Year 2 of study (usually in November). The application process is split into two stages:

  • Stage 1 - Apply via the Department of Economics.
  • Stage 2 - Should your application be successful, you will then need to apply directly to the institution that you hope to study with, with the support of the Department and Study Abroad Office.

Please note: You are not able to apply directly into the Study Abroad year via UCAS.


To be eligible to apply for a Study Abroad year you will need:

  • To achieve 60% or above on average in your first year of study.
  • Complete a short personal statement of why you want this opportunity.
  • To hold a Level 5 in the language of the institution you are applying to.

Prior to applying, you will be invited to an information session that will outline further details of the application process.

Our Partner Universities

We partner with various institutions across the globe. Please note partnerships are regularly reviewed by the Department and Study Abroad Office each academic year and are subject to change. In the academic year 2019-20, we partnered with the following institutions:

  • Ca'Foscari in Venice (Italy)
  • Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan (Italy)
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany)
  • Universität Mannheim (Germany)
  • Universität Konstanz (Germany)
  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France)
  • Sciences Po - L'Institut d'Études Politiques (IEP) de Paris (France)
  • Université Catholique de Lille (France)

*There are also University-wide partnerships with institutions in Canada, Hong Kong and America that are offered. This information will be given to you at the stage of application however we cannot promise what the allocation will be in advance.

Discover more

The University's Study Abroad Team offers plenty of support and advice for studying abroad.

We also have a dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator within the Department who can provide more specific information and assistance to you. Details of the Study Abroad programme will also be included in your Student Handbook upon enrolment.