Where could studying abroad take you?

Issue date: 30 October 2018

Students across UWE Bristol are gearing up to apply to study at one of our 84 exchange partners next year.

Where could studying abroad take you?

Our Study Abroad programme provides opportunities across the globe. International Business students might find themselves studying Microeconomics in Berlin, or learning about the French Wine Industry in Angers, France. City Campus students could soon be learning from world-leaders in Anime at Kun Shan University in Taiwan; or practising ancient sculpture techniques at the Academy of Fine Art in Bologna, Italy. Nursing students can learn about progressive approaches to patient care under the gaze of the Northern lights during clinical placements in Finland.

But it's not the locations of our exchange partnerships that make this programme remarkable - it's what happens afterwards. National research, conducted by Universities UK International has consistently demonstrated the significant employability benefits of studying abroad - 'mobile' students are more likely to work abroad, less likely to be unemployed, and more likely to earn more than their peers.

This is supported by feedback from previous UWE Bristol students who studied abroad: 98% of students say the experience has made them more adaptable and resilient; 96% now see the value of different cultures, and 75% plan to work abroad after graduation.

Nursing student Andy Newman, winner of the Study Abroad photo competition 2017/18 (above), spent 3 months in Rovaniemi, Finland through the Erasmus+ exchange programme.

"The programme has given me confidence in my ability to practice nursing in the UK and other countries. It has opened my horizons and my career prospects for the future. After living and working in Finland for four months I know that in the future, I can put the skills that I have learnt into my future career development."

English Literature student, Sophie Keywood, spent a year in Barcelona.

"Navigating your way around a foreign country physically and emotionally, completely out of your comfort zone, shapes you into a person who is more flexible, more adaptable and versatile, more confident deep within yourself. And no matter how prepared you think you are with these qualities of yourself, there is nothing like testing them by throwing yourself into the freezing cold deep end of moving to a different country for a year."

Opportunities exist across the University, and practical and financial support is available from our Study Abroad team. Students applying for EU institutions will receive an Erasmus+ grant of around EUR350/month of study, and lower-income students travelling outside of Europe will be financially supported. There's a very generous fee reduction for students who go away for a full year too.

Sound tempting?

Applications for 2019/20 opportunities close on Friday 14 December, so head to uwe.ac.uk/studyabroad to find out about the options for your course and to submit your application.

You can also sign up for a Study Abroad event (InfoHub login required) to hear from students who've been abroad themselves.

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