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Exclusive exchanges 

Undergraduate Physics students can apply to study for an additional year abroad.

Please note that the number of places available at each exchange destination can vary from year to year. 


University of Lille B1 French required

University of Strasbourg

B1 French required


Ruhr University Bochum

B1 German required

Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg

B2 German required

University of Münster

B1 German required

Heidelberg University

B1 German required


University of Bologna

A2 Italian required

Summer abroad

Spending the summer abroad allows you to get a taste of living and working internationally without committing to a full year.  Find out more about summer opportunities and travel awards.

How to apply

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

University-wide Exchanges

Undergraduate Physics students may also apply, for an additional year abroad, to study at one of York’s University-wide partners, which are open to students from most other departments at the University. 

Masters students on the 4 year programme may be able to take a credit replacing year at a worldwide partner in their third year. This requires approval from the department at the application stage. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Dr Jing Wu:

Explore University-wide Exchanges

Work abroad

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

Find out more about work abroad.

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, Physics students have been to the following destinations:

Previous destinations

DegreeUG/PGCountryHost organisationProgrammeYear
Physics with Astrophysics UG New Zealand University of Canterbury Travel award June-Sept 2018
Physics PG France GANIL Grand Accélérateur National d'Ions Lourds Erasmus+ work placement  Jan-June 2018
Plasma Science and Fusion Energy   PG Japan Kansai Photon Science Institute Research/Placement Oct-Nov 2017


Romania Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) Research/Placement Sept 2017
Physics PG Italy University of Bologna Erasmus+ study placement 2016/17
Physics PG Switzerland CERN Research/Placement June-July 2016
Physics UG Germany University of Munster Erasmus+ study placement 2015/16
Physics UG Australia University of Western Australia

Worldwide Exchange study placement

Physics and Philosophy UG Germany Heidelberg University Erasmus+ study placement 2015/16