Studying abroad can be very appealing - studying your subject in another country, experiencing another culture, developing language skills.
If you are thinking about studying abroad during your current course, have a look at the information on summer schools, year abroad, and some postgraduate funding from Global Programmes.
Planning to study abroad
- 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
- 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 if you need to take a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
- Ensure your postgraduate qualification will be recognised if you plan to return to the UK for employment
- 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.
- Check visa regulations and likely total costs; you may need to provide evidence of sufficient funds for your course's duration
- 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)
- 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
- Have a look at our World Links page to find country specific links to information and resources.
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