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Study and Work Abroad for Humanities students

The College of Humanities gives all students, at both the Exeter and Cornwall campuses, the opportunity to Study or Work Abroad during their degree. Students who have undertaken a placement abroad demonstrate initiative, independence, motivation, resilience, and depending on where they stay, they may also have gained a working knowledge of another language – all qualities employers are looking for.

At present our students are able to study abroad at over 90 different universities, in more than 20 countries across five continents. To see our list of current partner institutions where you might study abroad, visit our International Exeter page. In order to apply for Study Abroad, you will normally be required to achieve a 2:1 during your first year at Exeter.

Year Abroad

The four-year 'with Study Abroad' degree programme is an option available across all subjects, and is compulsory for Modern Languages students. A full year abroad is taken in the third year of a four-year degree programme.

Please note that English with Study in North America (ESNA) is a unique three-year degree programme in which students spend the second year of their degree in North America, and application is made directly through UCAS.

Semester Abroad

Currently in Archaeology, Drama and Theology, it is possible to study abroad for one semester of a three-year degree programme. 

For a three-year degree, a semester abroad is usually taken in the first semester of the second year. The exception to this is Drama, which allows students to spend either the first or second semester abroad of the second year, or the first semester of the final year.

Working abroad

Modern Languages students have a choice to apply to work during their compulsory Year Abroad. Students can source their own placements or they can use the support of the University of Exeter's Global Employability team to help them find the most suitable graduate-level internship, whether it be in teaching, translations, tourism, marketing or fashion to name just a few opportunities.

For students of other Humanities disciplines, from 2017-18, it will be possible to spend a year working, either in the UK or abroad, and have this contribute to your degree programme. For more information on this, please see the 'with Employment Experience Abroad' section of the degree you would like to study.


The time you spend abroad will count towards your degree, and if you are studying, the marks you gain at your host university will be taken into account. Or, if you are working, you will be expected to complete a project which will be marked on your return.


During your time abroad, you will still be registered as a University of Exeter student and as such you can expect to receive support from the University. You will be in contact not only with the Study Abroad Co-ordinator in the College of Humanities, but also with your Academic Tutor here at Exeter and your peer group.

You will attend several meetings before you leave in order to help you to prepare you for your placement abroad and to make clear to you who to contact if you need any extra help.

You will also have the opportunity to meet previous Year Abroad students to ask them about their placements and get the most recent local information. You will be able to ask questions about anything, from accommodation to finding the best shops/taxi/doctor in a given location.

The College of Humanities has a Study Abroad area on the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE) and on our internal web so you will have access to all the necessary information you will need before leaving and while abroad. 

Fees and Funding

The cost of a placement abroad can vary depending on the location. However, if a student chooses to Study Abroad, the only tuition fee to be paid would be to the University of Exeter. No tuition fee is paid to the host university abroad. Other costs to factor in include travel, accommodation, visas, insurance and general day-to-day living.

Tuition fees for the Year Abroad are capped at a reduced rate. For students spending the year studying abroad or working in Europe, the rate is capped at 15% of the normal tuition fee. For students working outside of Europe, this rate is capped at 20% of the normal tuition fee. For the latest Year Abroad fees, please see our University of Exeter Study Abroad fees and funding page.

There is help given to students on a placement abroad. Students in Europe are currently able to received an Erasmus grant and Student Finance offer a Travel Grant to eligible students on a placement abroad. 

Further information

Further information about studying abroad can be found at the Undergraduate study website.

View our Study Abroad brochure.

I spent my year abroad as an Erasmus student at the Universitat-Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona, last year and had a fantastic time! I would recommend this experience to anyone. As an Erasmus student I met so many students from all over the world and being completely immersed in Spanish life and culture improved my language acquisition and knowledge ten-fold. I can highly recommend the Study Abroad programme as it provides you with an opportunity like no other; an alternative and exciting way to spend the year, and the chance to take a break from your usual study and learn another language, another culture, another lifestyle. Doing a year abroad also really enhances your employment prospects and as a bonus will probably be the most memorable year of your life!

Victoria Alderson, 3rd Year Student of Spanish