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Expand your horizons and prepare for a career in a global job market

Add an enriching dimension to your studies, enhance your CV and explore the world with our global opportunities.

At York, we aim to provide every student with the opportunity to gain an international experience, either on campus or by travelling abroad. This can range from a study placement for a full academic year to a two-week academic and cultural programme at one of our partner universities abroad.

You'll develop your leadership skills, cultural awareness and self-confidence while making new friends. With today’s employers looking for people with international experience, studying abroad will give you an advantageous edge for your future career.

Why go abroad?

  • Enhance your employability and gain a competitive edge in the global workforce
  • Broaden your cultural and social perspectives and experience a new culture as a local, not a tourist
  • Add an international aspect to your qualification
  • Develop your language and communication skills
  • Expand your personal and professional networks
  • Boost your self-confidence, independence and ambition
  • Conquer challenges, solve problems and discover new strengths and abilities

My study abroad experience in Vancouver was amazing. I loved learning about new topics that I would not have had access to at York. It's definitely influenced the direction of my future career path.

Ellie, BA History (with a year abroad)

Destinations

York has links with top academic institutions and employers all over the world. You can choose options such as a year in an American college town, a bustling capital city such as Singapore or Seoul, or in a regional town in Europe closer to York. International Study Centres travel to different destinations across the world every year.

However long you go for, you'll have a challenging and rewarding experience, see a different culture and gain a new set of skills to impress potential employers.

Go for a year

Expand your horizons through our worldwide and European exchange programmes

Go for the summer

Immerse yourself in another culture with a short term course at one of our partner universities.

Learn a language

Build up your language skills and cultural knowledge before you go with our free language courses.

What our students say

Read blogs written by students about their global experiences.