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The University of Hertfordshire offers you a unique opportunity to spend part of your course studying or working abroad at one of our many partner universities overseas.

Why should I study abroad?

You can explore a great big world out there, pick up valuable skills and experience that will help you stand out from the crowd.

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.

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.

A Universities UK report (2018) shows that mobile graduates are more likely to get a better class of degree, to be in graduate employment or further study, to have a higher starting salary and less likely to be unemployed.

It may also not cost as much as you think. Many of our destinations have a lower cost of living and you may be eligible for financial support (see below).

Can I study abroad?

Study abroad is open to full time undergraduates on the vast majority of courses. All students can study in an additional Placement Year and on some courses you can study abroad in the second year.

Grades and credits

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.

Tuition fees

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 fee to us either. If you study abroad for the whole of the second year, you pay only 15% of the full tuition fee to us.

Financial support

You will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant in Europe in 2021-22 to help with travel and living costs. An Erasmus+ grant is open to all, whatever your nationality and is available for study and work placements. However, it is uncertain whether funding under the Erasmus+ programme will be available in 2023-24 and beyond as it is subject to the outcome of the UK EU exit negotiations.

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. Subject to household income, you can also receive a contribution to flights, visa costs and health insurance.

Our partners

We have partnerships with universities around the world in the USA, Canada, Latin America, Africa, East Asia, India, 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.

Click here to see the list of our Partner Universities.

For how long can I study?

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 which we advertise in the spring of each year.


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.

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