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Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

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.

Worldwide exchanges

The School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics offers two distinct study abroad opportunities.

First year students students can 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. In this scheme, your year abroad marks count towards your final degree mark. Your degree will remain three years long.

Second year PPE students can apply to take part in an additional year abroad, after their second year of study. You can apply for a partner university as part of the general worldwide opportunities, or European exchange through the partners listed for Politics, Economics or Philosophy depending on your PPE programme (e.g. Politics and Economics students should look at Politics or Economics, but not Philosophy). In this scheme, the year abroad mark does not count towards your final degree mark, although you must pass the year abroad. You will re-enter your degree progamme at York at Stage 3. This adds an extra year to your studies, making your degree four years long. Your degree title will recognise your year abroad (BA with a year abroad).

Explore worldwide opportunities

Please contact the Director of the School, Dr Alex Hall (, to discuss the departmental requirements of your degree programme and to ensure that you are aware of the mandatory modules for your year at the partner university.

How to Apply

In previous years students from PPE have taken part in an exchange year at the following universities: Canada; York University, Australia; University of Sydney, USA; University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and Rutgers University.

Please note that Philosophy, Politics and Economics students studying Economics cannot apply for National University of Singapore, University of Illinois, or University of Hong Kong through the worldwide exchange programme for a replacement credit year.

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, PPE students have been to the following destinations in recent years:

Previous destinations

DegreeUG/PGCountryHost organisationProgrammeDuration

Philosophy and Politics

UG USA Camp Kippewa Travel award 2 months June-Aug

Philosophy, Politics and Economics

UG China GotoCo Travel award 1 month July
Philosophy, Politics and Economics  UG USA University of Pennsylvania  Worldwide Exchange study placement Full academic year
Philosophy, Politics and Economics  UG Hong Kong City University of Hong Kong Worldwide Exchange study placement Full academic year
Economics and Politics UG USA Rutgers University Worldwide Exchange study placement Full academic year