Where can I study abroad?
You can study abroad pretty much anywhere there’s a university or college you want to go to. Popular destinations for UK students include the USA, Australia, China, Canada and France.
If you want to study for a year abroad as part of your current university course then your choice may be limited depending on your university or choice, however, if you want to study your entire degree abroad then you have thousands of options to choose from; you can literally apply anywhere you want to.
How long can I study abroad for?
It’s completely up to you and depends on what type of course you want to study.
If you want to study for an entire undergraduate degree you could be there for around 3 or 4 years, alternatively you could choose to just study abroad for a year as part of your degree in the UK, or you could go abroad just for a term or as part of a summer school programme.
How much will studying abroad cost me?
The cost of studying abroad is going to differ from country to country but there are some things to be aware of, like the fact that China is one of the cheapest countries to live in or that the USA has some of the highest tuition fees.
It’s worth looking around to see what best suits your budget as well as considering what financial support may be available to you.
The price is also going to differ depending on what you study; you’ll pay different amounts for an entire degree in one country than you would for an Erasmus year or a summer school program.
If I study abroad full-time, can I still get Student Finance?
If you’re studying your entire degree in another country you are not entitled to receive Student Finance in the UK.
Some countries may offer their own version of funding in the form of loans, grants, scholarships or bursaries to international students but you will not receive anything from Student Finance UK.
I’m just studying abroad for a year, can I still get Student Finance?
If you’re enrolled in a course in the UK and eligible for Student Finance here but your course involves studying abroad for a year, you are able to receive Student Finance for this year.
If you’re studying abroad as part of an Erasmus program you can find out more about the funding available to you here.
Will I need a Visa?
Whether you need a Visa or not depends on where you’re studying.
If you’re a member of the EU and study in another EU or EEA country then you will not need a Visa, however you will need a valid passport and possibly a residency permit.
However, if you are studying in any other country, for example, China, USA, or Australia then you will need to apply for a student Visa, details can be found on each country’s student Visa page.
I only speak English, does this mean I can't study abroad?
No! There are two options for you; you can study in an English speaking country, such as Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, or you can study in another country where courses are taught in English. While a lot of courses and universities, in countries where the first language isn't English, may ask you to demonstrate a knowledge of the native language, not all will require this if you choose a course taught in English. This is possible in Denmark, Spain, The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy and China.
However, just because you're studying a course in English doesn't mean you won't need another language - it can make life a lot easier and it's a great skill to have but you can always learn this or pick it up while you're studying.
Will studying abroad guarantee me a job?
While no degree or type of study can necessarily guarantee you a job after you graduate, study abroad may give you a better chance as it teaches you skills that employers are interested in, such as fluently speaking a language, being culturally aware, independence and confidence, the ability to get on well with many types of people and increased sensitivity, tolerance and understanding.
What do I need to take?
Specifically what you need to take will depend on where you're studying but the main things to remember are to pack everything you need - it'll be much more difficult and expensive to just pop home and pick up something you've forgotten - but don't pack too much - you'll need to take these things with you however you travel so make sure you can carry what you have and don't go over any baggage allowances if you're flying.
- Before you leave make sure you have all your flight tickets and information both the journey there and your return
- Passport and possible a Visa
- Any other forms or documents you need specific to the country
- Multiple photocopies of your passport and other important documents
- Enrollement forms and university documents
- Laptop / Tablet - this'll be a lot easier than taking a computer!
- Optional: Webcam - if you want to Skype with your friends and family back at home
- Plug adapters
- Suitable clothing - depends on what the weather will be like, and when you're studying there and how long for
- Cards / Cash
- Optional: Digital camera - a nice way to remember your time abroad!
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