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If you're a current student, you may be eligible to spend a period of time studying or working abroad as a credited part of your degree. 

Overseas placements

There are many very worthwhile personal and professional benefits to having a period of study or work abroad. These can include an increase in confidence, intercultural communication and organisation skills.

According to research produced by Go International in March 2015, most students who work or study abroad experience the following benefits: 

  • Students who work or study abroad are less likely to be unemployed when they graduate, compared to students who don’t do an overseas placement.
  • In most subject areas, students who do an overseas placement are likely to earn a higher graduate salary compared to their non-mobile peers.
  • Students who do an overseas placement, especially students from widening participation backgrounds, are more likely to graduate with a First class degree compared to their non-mobile peers.

Who can go?

Solent University is seeking to increase the number of students able to undertake overseas placements, but the opportunities available will depend on students' individual circumstances. In general, you must:

  • be enrolled as a student at Solent University,
  • have completed at least one year of higher education but are not in final year, and
  • have the agreement of your course leader.

Where can I go?

Solent University has bilateral agreements with universities around the world. You can see the full list of partner universities, the majority of which teach in English.

Some placements with our partner universities will be better suited to students on particular degree programmes. Please contact the study abroad and exchange team to discuss your options.

Getting there

While the academic partnerships office will assist as much as possible with advice and general information on non-academic issues, it is your responsibility to arrange transport, transfers, accommodation etc. 

Visas

If you wish to study in North America, please note that you will require a visa. It is your responsibility to make arrangements to obtain a visa in good time before your departure.

United States of America visa information 

Canada visa information

If you are a student from a non-EU country and you require a visa to study in Europe, you must ensure that you apply for one in good time for the country you are willing to go to on exchange. The international student support adviser in the Student Hub will be pleased to advise you in this matter.

Apply to study abroad in 2020/21

Before you apply, make sure you know what options are open to you by checking our partner institutions. You can also speak to the International Office to discuss your options: international.exchanges@solent.ac.uk

Depending on the availability of funding, and provided you meet the eligibility requirements, you may be entitled to some funding under the EU-funded Erasmus scheme (only available for EU countries).

If you are considering studying abroad for one semester only or a full year starting in September 2020, you can apply now.

Apply now for September 2020

Applications must be received by 10 April 2020.

If you would like to study abroad for one semester only, starting in January 2021, you can apply now

Apply now for January 2021

Applications must be received by 1 October 2020.

Please note that exchanges can only occur during the second year of your degree, or as a sandwich year (between your second and third year). 

All candidates should be prepared to have a meeting with the International Office before their place can be confirmed. Some destinations have limited space available. Contact international.exchanges@solent.ac.uk for more information.

European summer schools 2020

Current Solent students who are interested in experiencing new cultures and ways of learning in another country have the opportunity to participate in a European summer programme offered by our partner universities in:

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • The Netherlands

For some of the summer schools, current students are offered places without programme fees.

Sponsorship may also be available for successful applicants as a contribution towards the cost of travel and accommodation.

View full details of the 2020 European Summer School opportunities here, or click below to register your interest.

Register your interest

European work placements

Work placements under the Erasmus programme provide an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand work experience in an international environment. They can be undertaken as part of your degree, or immediately after graduation.

Depending on the availability of funding and provided you fulfil the eligibility requirements, you may be entitled to some funding under the EU-funded Erasmus work placement programme. To be eligible, the placement must be either a credited part of your degree, or a graduate placement. Please speak to the International Office to receive advice on what placements are eligible.

Solent Futures offers careers advice and support for Solent students seeking work experience or graduate employment.

Find out more about Solent Futures

What do students say?


Aaron Wallace

BA (Hons) Graphic Design student, Aaron Wallace spent a semester studying at Kristiania College in Oslo, Norway - this is what he had to say about his experience.

"Norway is an adventurous place with nature and outdoor activities. The university course was flexible, and I appreciated the feedback I received for my work. The Norwegians I met were friendly and seemed to be interested in other cultures. My favourite places in Oslo were the Viking ship museum, Sognsvann Lake and the ski jump. It has been an adventurous experience for me - one that I'll remember for years to come."

Graphic design student Aaron Wallace on a cliff in Oslo during his semester studying abroad

Anushka Monteiro

BSc (Hons) Web Design and Development student, Anushka Monteiro studied at Hogeschool Rotterdam, The Netherlands, as part of her second year.

"I had various opportunities to meet Dutch students, but also many other international students living there, and learned about their cultures. The programme was fun! We worked on designing an innovative solution for a real-world problem, and also enjoyed study trips to Barcelona, Antwerp and Dusseldorf. I have learned many things - the most important being how to apply what I've learned in the real world."

Group of students posing in a studio

Ed Sawyer

When BA (Hons) Journalism student Ed Sawyer spent a year studying at the Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool, Antwerp - he realised that Europe might be where he wants to pursue a career:

"Studying in Antwerp and working in Brussels, I loved being surrounded by so many different cultures and nationalities. People were friendly and loved meeting English students. Belgium is split between the Dutch north and the French south, and I was lucky to live in both; Antwerp in the north and Brussels in the south.

ed-sawyer-study-abroad

"My year abroad changed my life. Before I thought I'd only live or work in the UK, but now I plan to either return to Belgium or move to Prague, Czech Republic next year. I built up my contacts during my year abroad and have already been offered work in Europe after graduation.

"My advice to students considering studying abroad? Go there expecting things to be different and be excited to be part of it."

Oleta

Oleta studies tourism at Solent and spent a semester at the University of Alicante during her second year.

Oleta's semester abroad helped her to build confidence, make international connections and find a passion for travel writing.

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