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Study abroad

Have you ever dreamed of living and studying abroad? Have you ever wanted to get to know a different culture, meet new friends and learn another language? If so, our Study Abroad programme is exactly what you're looking for!

In all our degree programmes, parented by the School of Physics and Astronomy, you have the option of spending your third year studying at a host institution overseas. You will then return to Leeds to complete your degree in a final year.

Students who take part in the programme are awarded an 'International' degree which is added to their degree title e.g. ‘BSc Physics (International)’, something employers can instantly appreciate as being of added value.

A great experience
Spending a year living and studying in another country is a unique experience. Unlike the passing tourist you have the chance to totally immerse yourself in another culture. You will gain unforgettable experiences and memories that you will draw upon in your working and personal life for years to come. In addition to this, the proven ability to live and work in an international context is an asset that employers actively seek.

See what one of our students has to say about their year abroad experience.

What does a study year abroad involve?
You transfer to this scheme during Year 2, subject to grades and availability of a place. Our academic links enable us to select courses at partner institutions that are compatible with the modules offered in Leeds.  You spend Year 3 studying at a foreign university and return to study your final year in Leeds.

BSc students have the opportunity to study at partner institutions in Europe or several other destinations across the world, including USA, Canada, Australia and parts of Asia for a whole year. Their year abroad is assessed on a pass/fail basis, and does not contribute to the final degree class.

MPhys students have the choice of studying in Europe or several other destinations across the world, including USA, Canada, Australia and parts of Asia for either 1 semester or a whole year. If students choose to spend the whole year abroad their final report for that year abroad and examination results will count towards their final degree.

If you wish to study at an institution where the course is taught in a foreign language, such as French, you don’t need to be fluent in the language before you go. We will help prepare you with a specialist language module at Level 2 which introduces you to scientific vocabulary and enhances your conversational and comprehension skills. We are particularly fortunate at Leeds because we have a Foreign Language Teaching Unit which prepares students so that they will be able to integrate socially and academically during their time abroad. It would be an advantage to have passed GCSE, or equivalent, in the appropriate language for the intended exchange, but other cases will be considered on their merits. Suitable courses are also available if you have studied a language up to A-Level.

As courses in Aarhus and Helsinki are usually taught in English, the language requirements for Denmark and Finland are relaxed.

Students who spend a year in Europe through the Erasmus/Socrates programme of the European Union currently receive a maintenance grant for their year away and pay a reduced tuition fee for the year abroad.

For further information please visit the University Study Abroad website.

Benefits of studying abroad
Studying in a foreign environment will help you to grow in confidence and maturity, and improve your foreign language skills should you choose to do so. Major companies put a premium on this type of skill in their recruitment. In fact, information from graduates and employers indicates that, when recruiting, most employers look favourably upon a year spent abroad.

Studying abroad can benefit you by:

  • Giving you an experience of living in a different social and cultural environment
  • Helping you improve your language skills (depending on study destination)
  • Building up your self-confidence and resilience
  • Broadening your horizons
  • Helping with your self-discovery

Foreign universities
The School of Physics and Astronomy has exchange links with range of universities including:

  • Marseille, France
  • AArhus, Denmark
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Valencia, Spain
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Paris, France
  • Munich, Germany


For more information on each of these universities please visit our partner institutions page.

For further information on the study abroad option please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office

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