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Study Abroad

Studying or working abroad during your degree is a life-changing experience that can boost your self-confidence, independence and ambition. It also broadens your cultural and social perspectives, develops language skills and significantly increases your employability in the global jobs market.

Year Abroad

The Department of Physics offers an integrated Year Abroad programme alongside all of our Physics program. The Year Abroad programme comprises of four years in duration and involves spending a full year at one of our partner institutions. Students will spend the first two years in York studying the core physics courses and attend language modules as part of the Languages For All (LFA) scheme, offered at both intermediate and advanced level. This means that students applying for the Year in Europe programme should have at least a GCSE grade C in the appropriate language.

Further language courses will also be given at the host Universities during your studies in Europe. On return to York the awarding degree certificate will record that part of the degree was taken abroad.

Partner Institutions


Universite de Lille, France

Universite de Lille LogoUniversité de Lille, France

The Université Lille 1 is a science and technology center of the first order. Involved in future challenges, the internationally renowned laboratories are equipped with scientific equipment and technology platforms very high level. Researchers are heavily involved in the seven clusters and they fit into the dynamics of European science parks Lille Métropole.

‌ Universite de Strasbourg, France‌

Founded in the 16th century, the University of Strasbourg has a long history of excellence in higher education, rooted in Renaissance humanism. It offers a broad range of degree programmes and trainings in major academic disciplines. The University of Strasbourg has 72 research units that encompass all disciplinary fields. A centre of excellence in biology, biotechnology, medicine, chemistry and material physics, the University also actively participates in the development of social sciences and humanities.


Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster

‌ Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster Germany

Founded in 1780, the WWU Münster is a university with tradition with 250 courses of study and 15 departments in 7 faculties. Münster University has developed a strong research profile in natural sciences, humanities, medicine, law and business administration. It targets top-level research in high-performance areas for support.

 Universität Heidelberg, Germany

Universität Heidelberg Logo‌Universität Heidelberg, Germany

The University of Heidelberg founded in 1386, is the oldest university in Germany and one of the strongest research Universitys in Europe. With the current success in the Excellence Initiative and in internationally recognised rankings the University of Heidelberg has assigned their leading role and its excellent reputation in the scientific landscape.

‌ University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Founded in 1743, FAU has a rich history. It is a strong research university with an international perspective and one of the largest universities in Germany. Teaching at the University is closely linked to research and focuses on training students in both theory and practice to enable them to think critically and work independently. The research itself also strikes the perfect balance between a theoretical approach and practical application.


Università di Bologna, Italy

University_of_Bologna logo‌ Università di Bologna, Italy

The origins of the University of Bologna go way back, and it is considered to be the oldest university in the Western world. Its history is intertwined with that of the great names of science and literature, it is a keystone and a point of reference for European culture. The University of Bologna takes part in many exchange programmes giving students from all over the world the opportunity to follow part of their educational programme at the University of Bologna.

Year Abroad Degrees

Degree CourseMPhysBSc
Physics with a Year Abroad F305 F302
Theoretical Physics with a Year Abroad F348 F347
Physics with Astrophysics with a Year Abroad F3F8 F3F7
Physics with Philosophy with a Year Abroad - F3N7
Mathematics and Physics with a Year Abroad - GFD3

Integrated Masters Course

Students taking the Integrated Masters (MPhys) course with a Year Abroad will have a prescribed set of courses which they attend while away from York and may also have a small amount of directed reading to follow. Students are examined on their work while abroad and must obtain satisfactory marks in order to proceed with the MPhys degree. On return to York students will enter the fourth year of the MPhys degree.

Bachelors Course

Students taking the Bachelors (BSc) course with a Year Abroad will study recommended courses while away, chosen to complement the courses at York. Beyond this, students will be free to choose other courses of interest from a range of optional modules. On return students will enter the third and final year.

Students on European exchange programmes may be eligible to receive grants towards the cost of travel and living expenses although these cannot be guaranteed.

Worldwide Exchange Programme

The Centre for Global Programmes offers a structures worldwide exchange programme where students can study up to one year at a partner university overseas with full academic recognition. The University has links with top institutions in North America, Asia, Australia and South Africa.

Studying abroad through this programme gives you the opportunity to experience different academic and social cultures without extending the length of your degree at York. Undergraduate exchanges are open to any undergraduates across all University departments and are determined by a University wide application scheme.

Any questions?

If you have any queries concerning studying abroad, please contact

Year in Europe Coordinator: Dr Roland Kröger

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‌For further information on studying abroad please see the Centre for Global Programmes webpages

University of California

Physics Exchange Student Holly, Grand Canyon

"I packed more into my year abroad than I thought was possible."

Holly, Third Year Student