Studying abroad can be very appealing - studying your subject in another country, experiencing another culture, developing language skills.
Students considering studying abroad during their current course should visit the Centre for Global Programmes web pages; the page also has information about postgraduate study.
Things to consider
- Allow time to plan your application. Start as early as 12-18 months beforehand. Prospects Guide to studying abroad has a suggested checklist to help you prepare
- You will need excellent language skills and motivation. You may find some European institutions offer courses taught in English, especially in the Netherlands and Scandinavia
- Duration of courses and timing of academic year may be different from UK universities, eg a PhD may take five years or more (rather than 3-4 years in the UK)
- Check the acceptability of your existing academic qualifications. A First, 2:1 or Masters degree will meet most eligibility requirements, but British first degree programmes can be shorter than elsewhere, so views on academic standards can vary
- Check visa regulations and likely total costs. you may need to provide evidence of sufficient funds for your course's duration
- Ensure your postgraduate qualification will be recognised if you plan to return to the UK for employment
- Check if you need to take a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
- Which documents will you need to send to the admissions department? Start collecting them together well in advance. This may include a copy of your transcript, degree certificate and references (see Applying for further study)
- Have a look at our World Links page to find country specific links to information and resources