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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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). Applications are now closed for studying abroad in January. However, if you are in the second year of your degree and you are considering studying abroad starting in September 2020, you can apply now.
Apply now for September 2020
Applications must be received by 1 April 2020. 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.
Information for current staff and students
Current staff and students can enrol themselves onto the International Office's Solent Online Learning pages to receive advice and information on studying and working abroad.
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?
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.
"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 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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