Study Abroad

Study Abroad is the opportunity to study at one of our partner universities around the world and, depending on your subject area, may also include the opportunity to work abroad.

Last year over 300 Humanities students from all disciplines took advantage of a year abroad in countries across the globe.

All students in Humanities can choose to study abroad as part of their degree. The year abroad takes place in Year 3, adding an additional year to your degree programme.

Study placements are available at universities in Europe and the rest of the world. If you’re not studying Modern Languages you don’t necessarily need to speak a foreign language as many institutions offer classes in English. Of course, there are also opportunities to spend your year abroad in an English-speaking country. 

As well as having a fantastic experience and creating memories which will last a lifetime, students who have studied abroad demonstrate initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where they stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language – all qualities employers are looking for.

Students in the College of Humanities are currently able to study abroad at universities in locations such as USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, France, Spain, Netherlands to name a few. For a full list of the destinations available, please see our 'where can I study abroad' pages.

For students studying abroad for the year, tuition fees are reduced by 85%. You will also need to budget for costs for accommodation, travel, insurance and visas, amongst other costs.

Most students usually study for one year abroad but there are some programmes which offer the option of studying abroad for a single semester. We would always recommend going abroad for a year as this will give you a fuller experience. 

If you are unsure, we would always recommend that you apply for the ‘with study abroad’ option. You can change your mind once you’ve started your degree but it makes it easier to switch if you have applied for a course ‘with study abroad’ in your degree title. 

Current Humanities students who want to study abroad as part of their degree programme are required to achieve a minimum 2:1 average in their first year. Our Study Abroad team can provide you with more information and advice about applying for Study Abroad as a current student: humanities-studyabroad@exeter.ac.uk

Read the experiences of our past and present students who have taken the opportunity to study and work abroad.