Study at top-class universities across Europe, North and Latin America, Asia, Australia and Africa as an exchange student. Some departments also offer work placements at host organisations.

Go global

Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to experience a completely different academic and social environment. This will help you stand out to potential future employers.

Depending on your degree programme the following options may be available:

Many of our courses offer an optional, additional year studying or working abroad with a partner university or an employer. These programmes will generally be four years with the additional year abroad in the third year of your studies. If you successfully complete your additional year abroad, it will be recognised in the title of your degree.

Some departments offer a credit-replacing year abroad. Your degree will remain the same length, and typically you will travel abroad in your second year, returning to complete your third and final year with us. On your return to York, the studies undertaken abroad will be credited to your degree and the grades you achieved will be converted to York grades and credits.

The credit-replacing year abroad is available on most of our undergraduate degree programmes that do not carry external accreditation.

Explore another culture

make new connections and experience student life abroad.

Enhance your career prospects

demonstrate your global perspective and ambition to employers.

Get support for your travels

our Global Programmes team are here to help you make the most out of your opportunity.

How much does it cost?

Students who study abroad for a year currently pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to York and no tuition fees to the host university.

You may able to apply for funding through the University to help with your cost of living while abroad. You will still be eligible to apply for Student Finance.

Whether you’re going abroad for the first or hundredth time, the Global Programmes team can help. We advise on many aspects of your planning and time abroad, allowing you to make the most out of any opportunity.

See full funding and eligibility for studying abroad

How do I apply?

For most of our courses, you can apply to add a year abroad after you begin your studies. You can also apply directly to a course with a year abroad.

When you arrive at York, you'll be able to attend events and speak to staff about things you should consider when applying to a partner university, including courses, accommodation, finance and funding.

Partner universities may change from year to year so we advise that you think about two or three destinations for your year abroad.

Life in Seoul is so fast-paced, yet efficient. While it’s hard to plan in advance, the subway system, convenience stores on every street, and high-tech services make anything possible and easy. I’m definitely becoming more of a spontaneous person! My time in Korea has made me a lot more confident and independent, given the completely different language and culture. Learning Korean is a skill I am grateful to have gained.

Rebecca, BA Social and Political Sciences (with a year abroad), Seoul National University, South Korea

Explore more opportunities

Go for the summer

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Learn a language

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