firstpointFIVE011: Study Abroad

Every Monday, firstpoint publishes our top five tips on a topic related to life at university. We’ll cover a wide range of topics such as making the most of your time at university, help with your studies, working through the challenges of communal living or maybe looking after yourself during exams and assessments.

fpFIVE011 title.jpgfirstpointFIVE011 – Study Abroad – For an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life!


tip-01Tip 1: Study Abroad

Studying or working abroad is an exciting time of discovery. You’ll experience new cultures, make friends from all over the world and learn a huge amount about yourself. It also looks great on your CV. Less than 5% of UK students study abroad as part of their degree, so this kind of experience puts you among an elite group of enterprising students.

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tip-02Tip 2: Semester Abroad

Our semester abroad scheme is open to current University of Worcester students who are interested in studying part of their degree in another country. You can spend a semester of year two at one of our partner universities. This semester will serve as a replacement semester. You will take modules that fulfil and complement your usual degree requirements. You will pay your regular tuition fee to the University of Worcester.

Semester one or two may be more suitable for you depending on your course. Your school’s International Coordinator or the Exchange and Study Abroad Coordinator can help you determine which semester will be the best fit for you.

You can visit the study abroad area in firstpoint to find information about potential host universities.


tip-03Tip 3: Third Year Abroad

You can switch your degree to a four year degree and spend year three abroad. For this option, you will spend years one, two, and four in Worcester completing your degree requirements. You will spend year three abroad either at one of our partner universities or completing a placement.

This is an excellent way to expand your experience and skill set. You could learn a new language, achieve a certificate in a specialised area of your field or gain work experience.

The exact opportunities available are unique to your course. In your application you need to make a proposal of what you intend to do on your Third Year Abroad. It must be approved by both your course leader and/or tutor and the Exchange & Study Abroad Coordinator.

Your Third Year Abroad tuition fee will only cost you 15% of that year’s tuition fee. For example, if the yearly tuition fee is £9000, you will only pay £1350 for the full year of tuition. For more information about how you can fund your study abroad, see the FAQs online.

To explore your options please make an appointment with the Exchange and Study Abroad Coordinator, at firstpoint, to talk about your ideas.


tip-04Tip 4: Summer Schools

You can attend a summer school at one of our partner or endorsed universities. Summer schools usually run from between one to six weeks. Some focus on cultural experience while others will focus on specific course related subjects.

If you attend a summer school at one of our partner universities, your tuition fee for the course will often be reduced or waived.

Summer Schools may be credit bearing but this will be counted as additional credit, not credit towards your University of Worcester degree.

If you’re interested, why not join the summer school mailing list? Our partners announce summer schools in the spring semester. If you want to know what’s on offer this year, join our mailing list and we’ll keep you up-to-date. For more information, email the Exchange & Study Abroad Coordinator.


tip-05Tip 5: How to apply for Study Abroad

For both a semester abroad and third year abroad, you will need to submit an application and have an interview.

Applications for first semester of year two should be completed in your first year of study and applications for Third Year Abroad must be completed in your second year of study.

Applications for second semester of year two must be completed in your first year of study.

An electronic version of our study abroad application form is available to download here. Paper application forms can be picked up at firstpoint. All applications should be returned to firstpoint or clearly scanned and e-mailed to our International Experience team.