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Study abroad

More UK students are choosing to spend time studying abroad

However, the implications of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) and people studying in Europe are fully known. For example, it has affected the fees UK students have to pay at universities in the EU, access to Erasmus+ has gone and the right to the freedom of movement within the EU is no longer avaialbale, so check the latest information.

There are three main ways to study abroad:

  • By taking a degree which includes spending part of your course abroad. This could be a language degree or many other courses also offer the opportunity to spend a year abroad such as law, sciences, business and engineering. Many university websites have a facility to search for courses that include study abroad
  • Through the Alan Turing scheme that replaces the Erasmus+ programme. This offers students taking a wide range of subjects the opportunity to study for part of their degree abroad
  • Studying the whole of your degree abroad, joining programmes taught and examined in English.

Reasons to go

So you can:

  • Enjoy the culture of another country
  • Learn or improve your language skills
  • Expand your career opportunities
  • Improve your confidence and independence
  • Save money - currently it can be cheaper to study abroad
  • Enhance your CV and profile especially when applying to firms doing business abroad or multinational companies.

In addition, by choosing to study a whole course abroad you may be able to access popular and oversubscribed courses such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and physiotherapy.

Points to consider

  • The quality of the institution and course – you can check this out for institutions across the world at www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings
  • Recognition of qualifications – check that the course is recognised by relevant professional bodies in the UK
  • Costs – details of tuition fees and living costs are in the ‘International’ section of university websites. There may be scholarships to cover some of the costs. You will have additional costs for travel and health insurance and exchange rate fluctuations to factor in.
  • Can you cope with living abroad?
  • Do you need a visa? Embassies will advise on these.
  • You will need to research the entrance and language requirements, application systems and procedures. You need to start planning 12 to 15 months before you go. See www.astarfuture.co.uk

Alan Turing Scheme

The new Turing Scheme will support thousands of students to study and work abroad replacing the UK's participation in the European scheme, Erasmus+. It will provide students the opportunity to study anywhere in the world as part of their degree or training. You will probably be able to take part at any time during your degree or training (except during the first year) although it will depend on the structure of your course and the arrangements your university or training provider sets up with its partners. You should investigate now whether universities you are considering will offer opportunities under the Turing scheme as part of the course you want to do. Students from all academic disciplines can take part.

English speaking countries

Courses taught in English abroad

A number of websites offer advice about courses taught in English abroad:

  • To search for courses try www.bachelorsportal.eu
  • Eunicas offers advice to UK and Irish students interested in studying in Europe. For a small fee they offer an application support service, see www.eunicas.ie 
  • UK Council for International Affairs has information about studying a complete degree abroad, see www.ukcisa.org.uk
  • A Star Future offers information and advice about courses taught in English at universities abroad, see www.astarfuture.co.uk
  • Study in Europe offers information and advice about all aspects of studying in Europe, including tuition fees see www.studyineurope.eu
  • British Council offers study placements abroad for Year 10 to post graduate see www.britishcouncil.org/study-workabroad