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Summer abroad 

Spending the summer abroad allows you to get a taste of living and working internationally without committing to a full year. Summer schools or International Study Centres (ISCs) can enhance your global awareness and improve employability, leadership and advocacy skills.

Find out more about summer opportunities and travel awards.

Exclusive exchanges

Undergraduate Biology students studying abroad for credit-replacing worldwide exchange or additional year in Europe degree can apply to one of the following universities for 2020/21:

Aarhus University Study in English

Université Grenoble Alpes English and high B1 / low B2 French required
University of Strasbourg B1 French required

Freidrich Schiller University of Jena B2 German required


Autonomous University of Madrid B1 Spanish required
University of Valencia B1 Spanish required

How to apply

For academic queries, including joint honours options, contact your supervisor or the Departmental International Officer, Dr Katie Smith:

Worldwide exchanges

Undergraduate Biology students may also apply to study abroad on credit-replacing exchange at one of York’s worldwide exchanges, which are open to students from most other departments at the University.

Explore worldwide opportunities

Work Abroad

Explore the Year In Industry, Placement year options, or summer international internships, if you are interested in work opportunities outside the UK.

Further information can be found on our web page.

Postgraduate opportunities

Depending on your programme of studies, you may be interested in:

What to expect

Previous destinations

As well as attending International Study Centres, in recent years Biology students have been to the following destinations:

Previous destinations

DegreeUG/PGCountryHost organisationProgrammeDuration
Biology UG Indonesia Operation Wallacea Travel award 2 months June-July
Biology (With a Year in Europe)  UG Germany EMBL Heidelberg Erasmus+ work placement 10 months Sep-June
Biology UG Denmark Aarhus University Erasmus+ study placement Full academic year
Biomedical Sciences (With a Year in Industry) UG Germany Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG Erasmus+ work placement 11 months July-June
Biochemistry (With a Year Abroad) UG Netherlands Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience Erasmus+ work placement 11 months July-June
Biochemistry (With a Year Abroad) UG Spain Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona Erasmus+ work placement 10 months Sep-July
Biology UG USA University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Worldwide Exchange study placement Full academic year