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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.

Study abroad in January 2017

This autumn, we’re welcoming applications from all second year (Level 5) Southampton Solent University students for a semester abroad starting in January 2017.

In addition to an Erasmus+ grant for students studying or working abroad in Europe, students studying abroad in January 2017 can benefit from an additional £500 scholarship if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Studying or working abroad in a country where Southampton Solent University has never previously sent students.
  • Studying abroad at a partner university where Southampton Solent University has never previously sent students.
  • Being enrolled on a course where students have never previously studied or worked abroad.

Download an application form

Please email with any questions or for support with completing an application.

Students are also welcome to attend one of our drop-in sessions for support with their application:

  • Thursday 3 November, 13:00 – 14:00, The Spark, TS210
  • Friday 4 November, 13:00 – 15:00, The Spark, TS211
  • Monday 7 November, 13:00 – 15:00, The Spark, TS201
  • Tuesday 8 November, 12:00 – 14:00, The Spark, TS512

Applications must be returned via email to by 3pm on Friday 11 November. Alternatively, forms can be handed in to the Study Aboard and Exchange Team in A201. 

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?

Southampton 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 Southampton Solent University.
  • Have completed at least one year of higher education but are not in final year.
  • Have the agreement of your course leader.

Where can I go?

Southampton 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. 

How can I apply?

In the first instance, please contact the study abroad and exchange team to discuss your circumstances. You are welcome to send us an email or attend an event organised by your school to find out more.


For students going abroad in period one or for a full year: deadlines for applications are generally around mid-April to mid-May.

For students going abroad in period two: deadlines for applications are around the beginning of November. 

Please note that some partner universities may have different deadlines. Closing dates for North America and Canada are earlier to allow time for obtaining visas. Please contact us to learn more about a particular university.


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.

European work placements

Work placements under the Erasmus programme provide an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand work experience in an international environment.

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. It's essential that you initially discuss this matter with your Erasmus coordinator.

As with studying abroad, once you've completed your final exams you will be unable to take part in the Erasmus scheme. There are, however, other schemes available and the Academic Partnerships Office can advise you on these.

Financial information

If you decide to spend a period abroad studying or working under the Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme you may be eligible to receive a grant. The amount of this non-means tested, non-repayable grant is paid in Euros and varies from year to year. 

Find out the latest grant rates

Please note: If you do not complete your approved period abroad you will be liable to pay back the difference as the grant is worked out on a daily basis, rounded up to the nearest quarter month. 


To be eligible for an Erasmus grant you must:

  • Be enrolled as a student at Southampton Solent University
  • Spend an approved study or work period of between three to twelve months in another EU, EEA or candidate country
  • Be responsible for your transport, accommodation, insurance, and other associated costs. The grant is only meant to be a financial contribution towards your living costs. It is essential, therefore, that you ensure you have sufficient funds to cover your time abroad until you receive your student loan or Erasmus grant.

Please also note:

  • Students on study exchange under the Erasmus programme do not pay tuition fees to the partner institution. There is additional funding for students with severe disabilities or exceptional special needs to cover associated costs on their Erasmus placement. For further information please get in touch with the academic partnerships office.
  • If you are from an EU country, you may want to contact the student finance European service for advice on EU funding and fee loans, please see our EU student funding page. Further information can also be found on GovUK.
  • Students going to North America under a bilateral agreement will not receive a grant as these countries are not part of the Erasmus programme. However, there are no tuition fees payable to the partner institution. Please note that you will require a visa and that process can be expensive and time-consuming, you need to start thinking about this early.
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