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Global opportunities by subject

Study Abroad. Go Global: enrich your education with a life-changing experience.

Brush up on your language skills before you go abroad by registering for a free Languages For International Mobility course. 

York has study exchange partners all over the world; browse global opportunities available to you as part of your degree programme through the opportunities by subject links below. 

Summer Abroad opportunities, including our International Study Centres can also give you the chance to travel to different destinations across the world every year.

Opportunities on our web pages are currently for exchanges available for study in 2024/25 and universities that require a foreign language are listed using the CEFR framework (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2).

Find out more at our one of our events or contact us for a virtual appointment.

There are also several things to consider when you are contemplating where to go abroad and what to do before you apply for a global programme

Search your opportunities by subject

University-wide Exchanges

Students can also select destinations from our list of university-wide partners. Please ensure that you check carefully if your subject/course is available and speak to your Departmental International Officer about your choices. 

Explore the University-wide Exchanges 


When researching global programmes and placements you might hear the following options:


Credit-replacing = Does not add additional time to your degree but your grades for modules passed at the partner university will be converted back to credit at York using a University of York Grade Conversion Table.

You can apply for credit-replacing Study Exchange once you have started studying in York and applications will open in the Autumn Term for students to go abroad in the next academic year.

Most undergraduate students taking a study exchange as credit-replacing study apply in the first year, study abroad in the second year and then return for the third and final year.

If accepted on credit-replacing study exchange, you must discuss the grade conversion process with your department/supervisor prior to your departure.

Additional Year

Additional Year (also sometimes referred to as a ‘3+1’) = a four-year degree programme where your degree title specifically references the year abroad (or year in industry).  

Students taking a study exchange as an additional year abroad usually have two years at York, the third year abroad and then return to York for the fourth and final year.  If you are going abroad on a programme with an additional year you must understand how you will be assessed for the time abroad prior to your departure. The assessment for this “additional” year will be confirmed by your department and you will need to speak to them about transferring onto this type of degree programme. It is not possible to transfer onto an additional year programme if you have started a replacement credit year.

If you’re unsure which option you can go abroad for, check with your Departmental International Officer, Supervisor or email the Global Programmes team at

Please note that the University of York does not permit travel to any country where the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advise against all travel