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Study Abroad, Exchange and Erasmus

Northumbria University offers a wide range of opportunities for all Undergraduate students to study abroad as part of a degree programme or as a summer or Easter placement. Undergraduate students usually study abroad for one semester or a full academic year, in which time you will need to earn the equivalent of 60 UK credits per semester towards your degree from Northumbria.

Northumbria University offers a wide range of opportunities for all Undergraduate students to study abroad as part of a degree programme or as a summer or Easter placement. Undergraduate students usually study abroad for one semester in which time you will need to earn the equivalent of 60 UK credits towards your degree from Northumbria.

Why go abroad?

The opportunity to genuinely immerse yourself in another culture and be more than just a visitor in a particular country is a rare one. Studying abroad provides you with not only unforgettable experiences and memories, but also personal contacts that you can benefit from for years to come.

The decision to study abroad is an important one, not least because of the increased financial demands of living abroad. It is important to make the decision with a clear idea of the individual benefits to you personally. Each individual student will have a different set of priorities, these priorities will help in making the decision of whether studying abroad is right for them.

For some students the opportunity to study their subject in a different academic environment is key, and for others the opportunity to live in another culture and interact with students of different nationalities is the real attraction.

Being able to travel at the weekend and explore the host country after a hard week of lectures is another benefit to studying abroad. Most students return from their time abroad as more mature, focused individuals and evidence suggests that their renewed motivation helps them achieve better marks in their final degree.

Over 400 Northumbria students study abroad each academic year, drastically increasing their employability prospects.

For further information and statistics click here

Becoming a global graduate

The market for high-skilled graduates is increasingly global. Economic and technological change is facilitating an internationalisation and de-territorialisation of business, with many companies, large and small, having international operations and international recruitment patterns. Global leaders are challenging national expectations for the graduate workforce. As employers’ requirements for their global workforce change, graduates – and providers of higher education – must adapt to prosper.

You can read more about how studying abroad can give you a global outlook to your future work career here:

Global Graduates

Making the decision to Study Abroad

Take time to think carefully about the available exchange options, the individual institutions, and the courses you want to register for during your time abroad. Bear in mind that while institutions abroad may operate in a similar way to those in the UK there will inevitably be distinct differences.

Often a greater degree of independence is expected of students in other countries and you should not expect to receive the kind of personal tutorial guidance provided here at Northumbria. Classes may be large and anonymous with little, if any, contact with teaching staff.

Think about what you hope to achieve during your time abroad and how this relates to your academic and personal development. Identifying priorities before making a decision is a key element in any planning process and will assist you in making the right decision for you. Some ideas to think about:

  • Would I prefer to be in a large or small town?
  • Will I be happy being the only Northumbria student at the institution?
  • Do I enjoy a challenge?
  • Am I able to adjust to situations outside my comfort zone/normal routine?

Where can I study?

The following link takes you to our database which will provide you with information on each of our study abroad and exchange universities. Not all institutions offer courses for all subject areas, and some partnerships are specific to a particular Faculty, but the online search facility allows you to specify the Faculty in which your degree programme is based and will show you which institutions are available to you.  This does not guarantee that you will be given a place if you apply, but lets you know whether your chosen University offers exchanges suitable for your subject area.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your study modules at the host University are agreed by your Programme Leader prior to beginning your studies overseas, and that you are taking sufficient modules to pass the semester/year.

If you have any queries regarding the exchange partners, please contact the Exchanges & Study Abroad team on er.study-abroad@northumbria.ac.uk.

Amsterdam Campus

Following the setting up of a partnership with Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, a new programme for non-Business students will be available from September 2018.

For more information about the Year in International Business programme please see the dedicated website:

Students on the majority of Business programmes also have the opportunity to spend the 2nd semester of their 2nd year of studies at the Amsterdam Campus, working in the Business Clinic.

If you have any questions please email er.study-abroad@northumbria.ac.uk

Book an appointment with the Study Abroad team - mandatory requirement

A mandatory requirement for studying abroad is to attend a 121 session with the Study Abroad team who will be able to advise you on how the programme works, available locations, finance, support etc.  To book a 121 appointment with a member of the Study Abroad team please click on the 'Book now' button.

After the appointment you will be e-mailed a code which you can then use in your application form.

Please only book one session at a time - once you have attended your session you may then book for a subsequent one should you need further advice or guidance.

Summer and Easter Opportunities

For all current students interested in International Summer opportunities with our International Partners please go to the following link and select Easter/Summer programmes in the programme selection box.

Study Abroad Resources & Information

A very useful website for information on all aspects of studying abroad is the Global Graduates site (formerly the Third Year Abroad website).  This has information on locations, insurance, accommodation, visas, dealing with homesickness, and much, much more:

https://globalgraduates.com/

Student Finance Travel Grant

Student Finance offers a means-tested travel grant to students studying abroad.  Students must pay the first £303 towards their flights, but dependent on household income SF will reimburse up to 3 return flights during a full study abroad year, as well as reimbursing visa, immunisation and insurance costs.  Full details of the scheme can be found here:

Travel Grant

ErasmusU Website

This website/community is a great place for students to find out more about the cities & Universities around the world in which other students have already studied, along with help for finding accommodation.

ErasmusU

How to Apply

Application to study abroad in 2019/20 will open on the 1st December 2018, and close on the 18th January 2019.  The application form will not be open before this date, but by clicking on the links below you can download the Motivational Statement and Financial Statement which  you will submit with your application so that you can begin work on them before the form officially opens.  If you are applying for 2 different semesters you will need one form for each semester.  You may apply for up to 5 places per semester.

Please note that due to the popularity of our partners in Canada, the USA and Australia, only single semester applications will be accepted for these countries (with the exception of Georgia State University for ADSS students, and Frostburg State University for Geography students).

Motivational Statement (main exchange)

Motivational Statement (Amsterdam programmes - Year in International Business/Business year 2/semester 2)

Financial Statement

Financial Statement (Amsterdam programmes - Year in International Business/Business year 2/semester 2)

Once the process opens on the 1st December you will need to sign up to the application portal, following one of the links below.  Ensure that you follow each of the bullet points below to sign up to the portal:

  • Ensure that you are using Google Chrome or Firefox as your web browser - the portal and subsequent application form will not work correctly with Internet Explorer or Safari.
  • When signing up to the portal please ensure that you use your Northumbria University e-mail address.  Applications coming from external e-mail addresses (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo) will be rejected and deleted without notification
  • Your Northumbria University e-mail address should have your full name format (e.g. joe.bloggs@northumbria.ac.uk), not your username (e.g. W12345678@northumbria.ac.uk).  Applications coming from NU usernames will also be rejected and deleted as they will not work with secondary processes in the system.
  •  Ensure that you add the e-mail address noreply@nu.moveon4.com to your 'safe senders' list in your Northumbria Outlook mail settings BEFORE signing up to the portal so that you receive all notifcations from the application system.  Failure to add this address to the 'safe senders' list will result in all notification e-mails going into your junk mail folder.

Main Exchange Programme

Apply here

Amsterdam Programmes (Year in International Business/Business programmes Year 2/Semester 2 - students applying for the regular Amsterdam exchange programme should use the main exchange programme application form)

Apply here 

If you have already applied via the portal during the previous academic year, please use the same login details.  If you have forgotten your password please follow the 'Forgot password' link on the login page.

Form Return While Abroad & Erasmus+ Grant Application

During your semester/year abroad there are various administrative tasks that need to be undertaken to ensure that the mobility period runs as smoothly as possible. We have combined all of these forms into one easy-to-complete online form which you can access from the Study/Work Abroad portal, linked below. You will also use this online form to apply for your Erasmus+ grant if you are studying/working in the EU.

Please ensure that you open the portal using either Chrome or Firefox, as the forms will not work in Internet Explorer and some versions of Safari.

If you are on study exchange you will already have a username and password for the portal from when you applied for your study location. If you have forgotten your password please use the ‘Forgot your password' link in the bottom left hand corner of the login screen.  Please do not register again as a new user, as the forms need to be linked to your previous application.

If you are on work placement you will need to register with the portal using the Registration boxes on the right hand side of the login screen.

When signing up to the portal please ensure that you use your Northumbria University e-mail address.  Applications coming from external e-mail addresses (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo) will be rejected and deleted.

Your Northumbria University e-mail address should have your full name format (e.g. joe.bloggs@northumbria.ac.uk), not your username (e.g. W12345678@northumbria.ac.uk).  Applications coming from NU usernames will also be rejected and deleted as they will not work with secondary processes in the system.

 Please ensure that you add the e-mail address noreply@nu.moveon4.com to your 'safe senders' list in your Northumbria Outlook mail settings BEFORE signing up to the portal so that you receive all notifcations from the application system.

If you have any difficulties signing up to the portal or are unsure about which form you need to complete, please contact the Exchanges & Study Abroad team on er.study-abroad@northumbria.ac.uk

Study Abroad Fair 2018

The Study Abroad Fair will take place on 21st November - with universities from around Europe and the USA. 

Take the opportunity to come along and speak with universities that you could potentially study at during your degree at Northumbria.  Student Ambassadors and Study Abroad staff will also be around to talk about their experiences.

The fairs will take place at the following times;

10:30-12:30 in Student Central (main campus library)
15:30-17:30 in CCE1 Ground Floor (Business and Law building)

There will also be some presentations on hot topics of Study Abroad presentations will take place in CCE1-002;

15:30 - The Application Process by Andy Garton (International Mobility Coordinator)
15:45 - Year in International Business at the Amsterdam Campus by Jonny Hall
16:00 - My Study Abroad Experience by a student ambassador (studied at Kedge Business School in France and University of International Business and Economics in Beijing)
16:30 - Financing your time on Exchange by Andy Garton
17:00 - My Study Abroad Experience by a study ambassador (studied at University of Central Florida)

There is no need to sign up we look forward to seeing you there!


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