Year 4 Studying at an Overseas University

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The development of the European Union has seen an increase in the number of companies who have bases both in the UK and on the continent. This is creating a growth in the demand for chemistry graduates who are fluent in a second European language, particularly if this includes scientific terms, and who have direct experience of living in another culture.

As well as the career advantages of the year of study abroad, it also represents an opportunity:

  • to explore a new city and country
  • to make new friends
  • to experience a different lifestyle.

Student profiles

Alice, an MChem with a year in Boston

Lucy, an MChem with a year in Sydney

Bill, an MChem with a year in Mumbai

Our student exchanges bring students from continental universities to York, and give you the opportunity to spend an academic year in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India,  Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Spain. The following universities are involved:  

During your year abroad you will have:

  • a University of York supervisor with whom you are encouraged to stay in regular contact
  • a supervisor at your host institution

The exact programme undertaken will vary according to which overseas University you attend, but all involve a research project. Dr John Slattery, who has responsibility for all our student exchange programmes, can provide details (email:
If you wish to study in France or Germany, where we have exchange agreements with more than one university, your final choice of university can be left until the middle of year 3.

Students on European exchanges receive financial support from the EU to help with extra expenses, such as travel, through the SOCRATES scheme.

Language Requirements

Students applying for this course are generally required to have a minimum of GCSE grade B in an appropriate European language.

  • Further training in the language of the country in which you wish to study is also provided by the University during the first three years of the MChem course through the "Languages for All" programme.
  • This is free of charge to Chemistry students on the Year Abroad course who will be spending their 4th Year at a European university.
  • Note that in Helsinki courses are given in English, so a knowledge of Finnish is not required.

Other Opportunities to Study Abroad

There are also opportunities to study at universities in the United States, Canada and Hong Kong under the University of York’s exchange arrangements with its partner institutions there. However, applications are not required until after you have started your course at York. View further information about study opportunities abroad.


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I am really enjoying my year abroad in Boston, and I am very grateful that I can be the first from York to come to this placement

A‌lice, Year 4 MChem (Abroad)

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