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Studying Abroad

Studying abroad provides an invaluable experience of living and working in a different country. It helps develop independence and confidence and can significantly boost your employment prospects. We offer a variety of opportunities for you to study abroad as part of your course. These include schemes related to our University-wide Erasmus programme and other opportunities specific to some of our courses.

When can I choose to study abroad?

Most courses offer the option to study for a semester or a year abroad and it can often count towards your degree. You can choose to study abroad in your second year of your BEng or BSc, or in the fourth year of your MEng or MSci course.

What countries can I study in?

The country of study will depend on the course you choose. We currently offer study abroad opportunities in a range of countries, including France, USA, Italy, Hong Kong, Germany, Turkey, Korea, Japan and Australia.

Opportunities in Engineering

Acoustical Engineering

Acoustical Engineering students can take advantage of our many links with universities in Europe. Currently, we offer exchanges with Université du Maine, France, Technical University of Darmstadt (DTU), Denmark, University of Performing Arts, Austria, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and ENSIM in France. We also offer exchanges with two universities in Spain - Universidad Miguel Hernanadez and Universidad Politecnica de Madrid.

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Aeronautics and Astronautics students can choose to study at Penn State University, USA; Purdue University, USA; Linkoping University, Sweden; Technical University Delft, Netherlands; Politecnico di Milano, Italy; ESTACA Paris, France; and SUPAERO Toulouse, France.

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering students can choose to broaden their experience at a range of universities. We run exchange opportunities at École Centrale de Lyon, École des Mines d'Alès and École Superieure du Génie Urbain in France. We also offer exchanges outside France, in National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and at many Italian institutions including Universita degli studi di Bologna, Universita degli studi di Padova, Universita di Pavia and Universita degli Studi di Napoli Federico II. Civil Engineering undergraduates can also opt to study at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China, as part of their course.

Environmental Engineering students have the option to study part of their course in range of prestigious universities, including École Centrale de Lyon in France. We also offer study abroad options at a host of Italian institutions - Università di Pavia, Università degli studi di Bologna and Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II.

Mechanical Engineering

We offer students the option to expand their study experience at Penn State University, USA; Purdue University, USA; Linkoping University, Sweden; University of Canterbury, New Zealand; and ESTACA Paris, France.

Ship Science

Ship Science students have the opportunity to study at the Webb Institute in the USA. Previous students with part study experience at the Webb Institute have maintained good links with Webb alumni and extended their professional network.

We also offer a variety of European exchange opportunities, including Kungliga Tekniska Hogskilan (KTH), Sweden, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway, Technical University of Darmstadt (DTU), Denmark, Tallinn University of Technology & Kuressaare College, Estonia, Universitat Hamburg-Harburg, Germany, University of Galati, Romania, Universidade Tenica de Lisboa, Portugal, Université Montpellier 2, France, and University of Lyngby in Denmark. Our Ship Science students can also study at the University of Malta, University of Trondheim, Norway, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland, and Istanbul Teknik Universitesi, Turkey, and the Universita degli studi di Perugia and Universita degli studi di Trieste in Italy.

Opportunities in Environmental Science

Many of our final year students carry out research projects overseas. In recent years, our final-year students have been placed all over the world. Some examples of recent projects include the study of small mammals in Kenyan rainforests, whale conservation in Tenerife and tropical crabs in Latin America. Other projects include studying sustainable agriculture in the Amazon, environmental policy in Nairobi, ecotourism in Finland and investigating agricultural pollution in the Middle East.

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