About study abroad with UWE
UWE Bristol offers students the opportunity to spend a semester or a year studying with partner universities from across Europe and around the world.
Options with your course
Depending on the course, students have the following options:
Study abroad during your placement year – Some courses that have a sandwich placement year offer students the opportunity to study abroad in the sandwich placement year. This is an additional year of study or work between Levels 2 and 3. During the sandwich placement year, students select full-time modules from the partner university to complement and add to what they study at UWE Bristol. They also complete a UWE Bristol placement module, which requires them to reflect on their learning and experience abroad.
This is an option for students studying undergraduate Business and Law courses, BSc Geography, some Health and Social Sciences courses, and a limited number of Arts and Creative Industries courses.
Replace a semester or year of study at UWE Bristol with those from an exchange partner university – Some UWE Bristol undergraduate degree programmes offer students the opportunity to replace one year or one semester of their degree with a year or semester at a partner university. This is usually during Year 2 of a three-year degree. In some cases, students register on UWE Bristol modules and complete these based on the modules they study at the partner university. In others, students select modules offered by the partner university which are similar to what they would have studied at UWE Bristol. Credit gained at the partner university then counts towards their degree. Marks/grades are not imported back to the UWE Bristol record.
This is an option for students studying undergraduate courses in the Schools of Art and Design, and Film and Journalism – who go abroad for Semester 2 of Level 2 and apply during Semester 1 of Level 2, as well as some Health and Social Sciences courses – who apply to study abroad during their Level 1 year.
Completing a clinical placement abroad – Some Nursing and Allied Health Profession courses offer students the opportunity to complete a clinical placement abroad, organised through our partner universities. These placements - typically 10 to 12 weeks long and at the start of the Level 3 year - provide students with the opportunity to gain specialist skills in professional healthcare environments outside of the UK.
Students whose course offers this option can apply to study abroad during Semester 1 of their Level 2 year.
Most UWE Bristol partner universities offer teaching in English and the majority of clinical placements provide English-speaking mentors.
How does it work with your degree?
Study abroad forms part of your UWE Bristol degree and is shown on your UWE Bristol Degree Certificate and/or your Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR). Whilst abroad, UWE Bristol students will study full-time (60 UWE Bristol credits/30 ECTS credits per semester) on modules offered by their host university. The exact modules selected will be agreed between the student, their department and the host university.
Students with additional support needs
Students selected for exchange with physical, learning or mental health needs will be offered assistance in accessing the support they will need both at UWE and their host institution during their studies abroad.
Applications from all students, including those with additional support needs, are considered on the same basis. Selections are made on the basis of academic attainment, referee endorsement and the quality of a students’ written application.
UWE Bristol and Erasmus+
Erasmus+ provides you with the opportunity to study abroad in Europe for three to 12 months (per university cycle) as part of your degree. Erasmus+ opportunities through UWE Bristol are listed on our study abroad options by course webpages. View the Erasmus policy statement.
What if my course does not offer a study abroad opportunity?
If your course does not offer a study abroad opportunity, but you are still keen to undertake an international study experience whilst at UWE Bristol, there are still plenty of options for you to pursue.
Other international experience
If a summer school or study programme doesn't appeal, how about spending some of your summer break working abroad or taking part in an international volunteering opportunity. See our Go Global webpage for further information.