Short term options

If you want to have the experience of studying overseas, but don’t want to go abroad for your whole degree, you could consider doing an exchange or a Study Abroad programme

Study Abroad programmes

Study Abroad programmes allow UK and Irish university students to enrol at an Australian or New Zealand university for a semester or a year, and transfer the academic credit they earn back to their home degree in the UK or Ireland. 

How does Study Abroad work?

Make sure you discuss your plans to do a Study Abroad semester with your home university as early as possible, so that you know from the start what subjects they require you to cover during your time away.

Get in touch with Study Options – we will send through details of all the Study Abroad schemes available. You then choose your Australian or New Zealand university, and the courses you want to study there.

Go back and check again that your chosen Australian or NZ university and the courses you’re proposing to take meet the requirements of your home degree. Once you have that confirmed, get an application form from Study Options, and send your application to us.

The Australian or New Zealand university will say whether or not you are eligible for a place, and also which of your course choices have been approved. Once you have a final, confirmed list of courses, check again with your home university that the overseas academic credit will be transferred to your home degree.

This may sound like a lot of planning – and a lot of checking – but having your home university approve your study plan in advance means you can head off overseas safe in the knowledge that the courses you take are definitely going to be credited to your degree when you get back. So you get all the advantages of studying abroad, but can still finish your UK degree in the time originally planned.

Why Study Abroad?

Study Abroad allows you to build an overseas study experience into your degree, and can add breadth to your studies. Choose courses that aren’t available at your home university, or which are taught from a different perspective, to take full advantage of the opportunity. It also gives you all the benefits of overseas study – the chance to experience a different culture and lifestyle; to give yourself and your CV a point of difference; to travel and try new things; develop your initiative and self-confidence – without having to commit to doing your whole qualification overseas.

What do I need to apply?

The majority of Australian and New Zealand universities require Study Abroad applicants to have done at least one year of degree level study to be eligible, but some will accept students who have just finished school. Study Abroad is also an option for postgraduates, studying by coursework or research.

Can I do a Study Abroad semester straight after school?

Some (not all) universities will accept Study Abroad applications from school-leavers. Please bear in mind, however, that it is unlikely you’ll get academic credit for that study from a UK university when you return, unless you have agreed with them in advance which courses you need to take to meet the requirements of your chosen UK degree. If you are not awarded credit, Study Abroad would be a study experience in itself for you, rather than forming part of your UK or Irish degree.

How much does it cost?

Study Abroad semesters are charged at a flat rate, so the fee is the same whether you take a normal course load (usually three or four courses per semester, depending on the university) or a heavier one. Fees vary, but per semester, in New Zealand expect to pay around NZ$10,500, in Australia between AU$7,000 – AU$12,000.

When would I go?

The southern hemisphere academic year runs February to November.

Option 1: July – November.

Finish your first year at university in the UK in June, and go straight into Study Abroad.

Option 2: February – June

Finish the first term of your second year in the UK at Christmas, then, as everyone else goes back to UK universities, you’d be heading off Down Under. Please note you may have more course choices if you go for this option, as not all courses can be started in second semester.

How do I apply?

Through Study Options. If you’d like more information about Study Abroad, contact us – we’ll give you details of what’s available and guide you through the process.

Exchange programmes

Exchange programmes are run through specific bi-lateral university relationships. If you want to apply for an exchange place, you must first check to see what agreements your UK university has with Australian or New Zealand universities.

The advantage of participating in an exchange programme is that you will continue to pay domestic tuition fees to your UK university for your overseas study, so you avoid paying international fees. The other advantage is that there will be an established cross-crediting arrangement already in place, so transferring the study you do overseas back to your UK degree should be straightforward.

The disadvantage of exchange programmes is that you are limited in your choice of overseas destinations – you can only apply to the universities that your UK university has a formal exchange relationship with.

 The other potential drawback is that places may well be limited, and therefore very competitive to obtain. Generally, universities can only send as many students out on exchange as they receive in return, which sometimes means that while a university has lots of exchange agreements in place, it might only have a few places available for each. Make sure you check this out carefully! 

If you wanted to apply for an exchange programme you would do so through your UK university. Most students go on exchange during their second year.

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