Studying abroad brings with it a wealth of opportunities, such as the chance to learn a new language, meeting new people and greatly improving your employability after graduation. But how do you go about it? You’ll need to consider the following:
- Where would you like to study?
- Which language would you like to learn in?
- Is there funding available?
- What are the costs of living in that country?
- How much is travel to and from that country from the UK?
- How does your university rank in the league tables?
- Do you need a visa?
- Will you need to organise accommodation?
It’s not just the course itself, but also your accommodation, social life, food etc. there is no central place for research or funding like in the UK, so you’ll need to look at each institution individually.
- Check the tuition fees at your chosen university, as these will vary
- Take the time to research bursaries and scholarships that may be available to you
- Consider getting a part-time job alongside your studies, or working during the holidays in between terms
If you only want to spend a year of your degree abroad you might be able to spend a year studying abroad through a scheme such as Erasmus. Check with prospective universities if they offer exchange programmes with international institutions. Some year abroad programmes will entail study at a partner institution, while others will offer the opportunity to work abroad for the year.
Don’t dismiss this as an option if you don’t speak another language; some institutions offer a year abroad in English. It’s worth doing the research.
- Harvard University
- Yale University
- Study in Europe: ec.europa.eu/ and http://eunicas.co.uk/
- Study in the US: www.fulbright.org.uk
- Study in Australia or New Zealand: www.studyoptions.com
- For all other countries: www.idp.com
- Bursaries and Scholarships: www.ukcisa.org.uk
- Erasmus Funding: www.britishcouncil.org/erasmus-funding.htm
Pure Potential helped the Sutton Trust and the Fulbright Commission to set up the first ever US Summer School in partnership with Yale. Blake Howell is a student we met back in 2012 and is now studying at Stanford University, California. Check out his story in our video: