Study abroad: Opening up a world of possibilities
There is a great big world out there and the University of Hertfordshire will help you explore it.
Spend part of your course studying or working abroad and pick up valuable skills and experience which today's businesses really value.
With more and more companies working internationally, there has never been a better time to be well travelled. Experience of living in another country - and even better, speaking the language – can make a great impression on future employers.
You have the opportunity on most of our courses to spend time studying at one of our many partner universities overseas.
It is an adventure you will never forget, boosting your confidence, increasing your independence, introducing you to new people and giving you a fresh perspective on the world.
Can I study abroad?
Study abroad is open to full time undergraduates who have completed at least 1 year of study.
You may be required to achieve certain grades and for particular universities it may be subject to sufficient places being available and suitable courses being offered in terms of curriculum.
You will gain academic recognition for your period of study abroad, which may be in credit, the degree award title or both.
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) facilitates the transfer of credit between European universities, and similar transfer agreements exist with our non-European partners.
You will be expected to undertake equivalent of 60 UK credits or 30 ECTS credits per semester. An ECTS credit equates to two UK credits.
In the USA, the equivalent workload will be 12-15 credit hours per semester.
Whatever year you study abroad, you pay no tuition fees to the partner university, and if you take placement in a third year, you will pay no tuition fees to us either.
You will also be eligible for an Erasmus grant in Europe to help with travel and living costs. An Erasmus grant is open to all whatever your nationality and for both periods of study and work.
In Europe many students often combine a period of study with a work placement and obtain Erasmus funding for both.
If you venture further afield outside of Europe, we offer our own Global Scholarships and Santander Universities scholarships.
Wherever you choose to go, you will still be eligible to receive any grants or loans to which you normally receive from the student loan company and local authorities.
We have partnerships with universities around the world in the USA, Canada, Latin America, South Africa, China, Korea and Japan, South East Asia, and Australia.
We are also part of the EU Erasmus programme, which gives you the chance to live, study and work in around twenty European countries.
You can study for 3 months, a semester or a whole year, depending on your course and where you want to go, and perhaps have the chance of taking a work placement too.
If you cannot take a semester or year, we also offer summer schools in France, Germany, Korea and Thailand.
You don't necessarily need to speak a foreign language to study abroad.
You can study in English at many of our partner universities in non-English speaking countries, learning the local language alongside as a bonus.
Being surrounded by native speakers will help you improve your language skills quickly and get even more out of your international experience.
Get in touch
Contact us to find out more about studying abroad.