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Studying abroad

Studying abroad provides an exciting opportunity to experience a new country and a different culture. Forge new friendships. Give yourself the perfect conversation starter.

There are many benefits to spending time studying overseas. You’ll broaden your horizons, adding a unique dimension to your studies, whether you’re looking to spend a year or just a semester abroad.

Global opportunities vary on a course-by-course basis so you should check the course listing, or speak to us directly to clarify the specific opportunities that are currently available.

It may also be possible to take part in short trips overseas or over the summer independent of your studies.

You can contact our International Office if you have any questions by calling 01695 657689 or emailing [email protected].

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Studying abroad during your degree can significantly enrich your academic studies. It’s a great way to enhance your employability and make yourself stand out from the crowd.

You’ll be able to explore a new country, immerse yourself in the local culture, and experience being part of an internationally diverse academic community. Build up your personal and professional networks as you make new friends from a variety of countries.

Gain life experience. Boost your self-confidence. Become truly independent. Spending time studying overseas can be a truly life-changing experience. You’ll discover new strengths and ambitions which will set you apart when you graduate. Employers will value your ability to fit into different environments and embrace change.

Although classes at most host institutions will be in English, meaning you don’t need to speak a foreign language to study there, it’s a great opportunity to develop language and communication skills. We’ll help you prepare for travel with opportunities to learn a language in preparation for your time abroad.

Learn something new about yourself during what could be one of the most rewarding, stimulating and unforgettable experiences of your life.

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Global opportunities

We currently offer opportunities to study at partner universities in a variety of locations. These include:

  • Europe
  • North America
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea

Additional opportunities to study in global destinations, in Europe and beyond, may also be available through the Turing Scheme. This is a Government-backed initiative replacing the UK’s previous participation in Erasmus+.

If you’re studying an undergraduate or integrated Masters degree at Edge Hill and have the opportunity to spend an additional year studying abroad, this would usually be undertaken on completion of two years of your course.

Alternatively, it may be possible to spend a single semester abroad during the second year of your studies.


We know how valuable a year abroad can be so we won’t charge you tuition fees for this period.

UK universities are entitled to charge fees for this period, but we’ve decided to waive these charges and meet the cost of tuition fees for an additional year spent studying abroad as part of your course through the Student Opportunity Fund.

If you’re spending a semester overseas as part of the second year of a 3-year undergraduate degree or 4-year integrated Masters degree, although tuition fees still apply, half of your fees meaning £4,625 for academic year 2022/23, will be paid for through the Student Opportunity Fund.

Eligible students can apply for a Maintenance Loan. The maximum Maintenance Loan you can receive from Student Finance England for a year studying abroad is:

  • Up to £11,116 for academic year 2022/23, of which £5,374 is non-means-tested.

The maximum amount you can receive as a Maintenance Loan may increase if you qualify for certain benefits.

If you are domiciled in England (which means you have your permanent home in England) and qualify for the relevant benefits, you may be eligible for an increased Maintenance Loan for a year studying abroad of:

  • Up to £12,374 for academic year 2022/23, of which £5,374 is non-means-tested.

How to Apply

Opportunities to study abroad are mostly subject-specific with a competitive application process. You should enquire with your department to find out if there are any opportunities available on your programme. You can also email [email protected] for advice.

If you are interested in studying abroad, you should start seeking and applying for opportunities from around 12 months in advance.

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