Study abroad FAQs
Who is eligible to study abroad or undertake an international placement?
For all international opportunities you must have at least a C average and be in good standing with the university. To be considered for a few partner universities we require you to have a B average. These universities include Brock University, Deakin University, the University of Navarra and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).
All students on three year Bachelors level courses are eligible to undertake an international mobility. Some courses are not eligible for a semester abroad, but students can undertake a Third Year Abroad or attend a summer school. Some courses offer a placement opportunity as well. The eligibility of courses can sometimes change. It is always best to check with the Exchange & Study Abroad Coordinator and your course leader.
To avoid jeopardising professional accreditation, students on the courses below cannot normally undertake a semester abroad. They are usually eligible to undertake a Third Year Abroad, participate in a summer school or, where noted, take part in an international placement:
I am an international student and have a UK visa. Can I study abroad?
You are eligible to study abroad, but will need to research and carefully consider the visa implications and costs. If you are in the UK on a visa, you will need to consult the International Student Advisor, Deb Graddon , to seek advice on how studying abroad might impact your UK visa.
What factors should I think about when choosing a destination?
You will need to:
Be sure that your chosen destination fits your course needs and learning requirements.
Research the costs involved including: living costs at the university and in the city/area, visa fees, health insurance requirements and fees, and minor facilities or technology fees.
Research the type of accommodation on offer. Some universities will offer shared dorms (bedrooms). Others might not be able to offer student accommodation, but will provide advice on how to find a place to stay. Be sure that you are comfortable with what is on offer.
Public transportation. Some places, particularly in North America or Australia, might have fewer public transportation options than in the UK. Research the city and area you will live in to be sure your expectations are realistic.
Research visa costs and requirements. In addition, if you are in the UK on a visa, you will need to consult the International Student Advisor, Deb Graddon, to seek advice on how studying abroad might impact your UK visa.
What costs can I expect?
You will have no additional tuition fees. You will, though, need to pay for your books or other learning supplies. You will also need to pay for your accommodation, subsistence and travel costs.
Some universities, particularly those in North America, may require you to purchase their student health insurance or travel card. These will usually be things you’ll want to have anyway and often cost between USD$500-1500. It is best to ask about fees required by the universities that interest you.
Your student financing can be used to support you and there is extra funding available for eligible students. Please see the Financing section for more information.
What language will I study in?
All of our partners teach in English and you will take your classes in English. It is certainly encouraged to learn at least the basics of the host language, but it is not required. You will have the opportunity to take language classes at your host university.
In order to prepare for your study period abroad, you can take classes in several modern languages during your first and second year through the University of Worcester’s Language Centre. You can also access classes for additional languages via available online classes and software. Please contact the Language Centre for further information.
If you are part of the Erasmus+ programme, you will have free access to the Online Language Support system. This will provide you with online classes to prepare you for your mobility and support you while you are abroad.
If you have sufficient fluency in a specific language and would like to take classes in the host language, you may be able to do this.
Where will I live while I’m abroad?
Accommodation options and costs will vary depending on where you choose to study abroad. The majority of our partners will offer university accommodation in halls of residence.
Some partners will not be able to offer accommodation in halls, but will provide advice of where and how you can secure accommodation. Sometimes you will have your own bedroom, just as in the UK, but sometimes you will share a bedroom with another student. You should research the accommodation options carefully and be sure you are comfortable with them.
If you undertake a traineeship (work placement) abroad, you will usually be responsible for finding your own accommodation.
I have a disability or access University of Worcester support services, am I still able to participate?
Yes, of course you are! International experiences are open to all students. Some University of Worcester support services will be available to you while you are abroad, while others can be offered to you by your host university. As a result of different cultural contexts, some host university services will sometimes differ in what is provided or in how a service is provided.
If you study in Europe, there is extra funding available via Erasmus+ to help support any adaptations you might need, but that are not readily provided by the University of Worcester or the host university.
If you access university services or support, you will want to discuss this early in the process with the Exchange & Study Abroad Coordinator, Amanda Niedfeldt (email@example.com). You should also indicate it on your application to ensure everything can be put in place before your departure.
Can I go on multiple study abroad periods?
According to university policy, the University of Worcester will normally offer only one semester long exchange, study abroad or international student traineeship within a three-year degree. This will usually be in year 2 (level 5) of a three or four-year degree programme.
In some circumstances, students may be able to take a replacement semester or an extra year abroad. You must gain approval from your Course Leader and Personal Academic Tutor first.
How will I be supported by the University?
When you study abroad, you will study at one of our trusted partner universities. We have built relationships with these universities and are in regular contact with their international offices to help coordinate your experience and support your exchange.
The Exchange & Study Abroad Coordinator will support you throughout your application process both internally and to the partner university. The coordinator will provide you with guidance on how to complete your applications and signpost you to the relevant resources where it is appropriate. He or she will also nominate you to the host university and liaise with the host university to assist with any necessary arrangements.
Before you travel you will attend a departure session to help you prepare for your experience. You will learn about organisations such as RED 24 and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, who are experts in travel security and support overseas.
You will also cover important topics such as the University of Worcester’s insurance policy, risk assessment, cultural intelligence and culture shock. You will explore real life case study material and receive a study abroad departure checklist to fill in. This checklist will cover elements of your study abroad that will help you succeed, stay safe and have a fulfilling experience.
Completing this checklist is a mandatory requirement for all students undertaking a semester or year abroad. You must submit this checklist four weeks prior to departure along with your risk assessment, learning agreement and, if applicable, your grant agreement.
While you are abroad you will be covered by the University of Worcester’s travel insurance policy, which also includes emergency medical and dental coverage. You will need your own health insurance for routine appointments or prescriptions. You will also need your own travel insurance if you are travelling in countries that are not your host country or for a long duration before or after your study period.
You will still be a University of Worcester student during your time abroad and be able to access a range of Worcester’s student support services. You will also have access to support services at your host university. Before departure, you will receive the mobile number of the Exchange & Study Abroad Coordinator so that you can easily be in touch via phone, text, Whatsapp, WeChat, or Line. The coordinator will check in on you a few times throughout the semester and will be happy to Skype or call whenever you might like to catch up or discuss something throughout your stay abroad.
What will I be responsible for in preparation for and during my mobility period?
As an exchange student you will need to:
Speak to the Exchange & Study Abroad Coordinator and your course leader and/or Personal Academic Tutor about your plans
Make your own travel, accommodation and visa arrangements, though we are happy to provide advice or help with forms
Purchase your own health insurance for non-emergency and routine purposes
Check your e-mail regularly, as this is the main means of communication we will have with you in coordinating your experience
Complete your required paperwork in a timely manner
Represent the University of Worcester responsibly and positively while abroad
Communicate any concerns or difficulties as you prepare and while you are abroad, so that we can help in a timely and efficient way