Study, work or volunteer abroad

Why go abroad?

  • Stand out from the crowd (less than 5% of UK students have studied abroad)
  • Boost your self-confidence, independence and ambition
  • Broaden your cultural and social perspectives
  • Discover new strengths and abilities, developing yourself and enhancing your CV
  • Develop your language skills
  • Pay up to 85% less tuition fees while you're abroad

Departmental opportunities

View opportunities open to you, according to your level and subject of study.

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Come along to our Autumn Term sessions to find out more about opportunities to study, work or volunteer abroad.  See our study abroad calendar for more details.

Go for a term or a full year

Study abroad as part of your course

York has links with top academic institutions and employers all over the world. We offer short and long term international opportunities in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and South Africa.

Go for the summer or just a few weeks

Boost your employability skills

If you don't fancy a full year or term abroad, we offer short CV boosting international alternatives!

  • Summer schools and study centres: Immerse yourself with a 2-3 week intensive academic and cultural experience at an international partner university or take a language and cultural exchange.
  • Independent travel: Apply for funding for independent travel experiences, such as a volunteering project or learning a language.

“Studying at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign gave me a completely new insight into my subject, within the contrasting American educational system.

On my return to York it dawned on me how uniquely rewarding my study abroad experience was. I have become a much more independent person, confident about travelling on my own and being responsible for my own future.”

Megan, BA History, 3rd year

Can I get funding?

There are various grants and scholarships available to help fund your time abroad.

  • Exchange programmes: Apply for an Erasmus grant if you're on a study or work placement in Europe as part of your degree - or a number of scholarships are available to students on our Worldwide Exchange Programme, subject to eligibility criteria.
  • Postgraduate funding opportunities: We advertise funding available for postgraduate and Post Doc researchers.
  • Independent travel awards: We have a number of financial awards for students wishing to pursue organised and independent international travel projects during their studies at York.

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