Opportunities to Study Abroad

International Opportunities for Bath Spa students

If you're a full-time student at Bath Spa University, currently in your first year, you can apply to study abroad as part of the Erasmus+ scheme or International Exchange Programme at one of our partner institutions. We are actively expanding the current partnerships, so please do check the website regularly as new partners or subjects may be added to the list throughout the year.

Your study placement will take place during your second year of study and will be for one semester at one of our partners. You must be able to prove good academic standards through your academic transcripts in order to be eligible for placement (2:1 or above).  Once you’ve completed your placement, and earned the right number of credits, your study placement period will be counted towards your Bath Spa University degree and you will get full academic recognition.

Why study abroad?

Going on a study placement is an amazing experience and one that will remain with you for the rest of their life. You will make life-long friends , experience education in a different country and improve your employability, putting you ahead of the game. It also looks great on your CV! If you have applied for a Certificate in Global Citizenship, then your Erasmus+ or International Exchange placement will count towards the programme.

  • Develop personally, professionally and academically
  • Gain vital new skills required for a global economy
  • Broaden your horizons - physically and mentally
  • Acquire invaluable transferable skills
  • Increase motivation to learn
  • Boost your employability
  • Develop cultural awareness and open mindedness
  • Enhance self-confidence
  • Gain knowledge in new subjects or in teaching methods
  • Improve and gain language skills

For more information and to speak to students who have recently returned from their study placements, and hear about their experience first hand, please come along to one of our One World Week sessions! We have also devised this International Opportunities_guide to help you decide which placement to undertake.

How to Apply 

Only full-time undergraduate and International Year 1 students, currently in their first year, are eligible to apply for a study abroad placement. You must also be in good academic standing (averaging a 2:1) to be considered.

  • Decide whether you would like to apply for Erasmus+ or International Exchange study placement. You will receive more information on each programme during the Fresher’s Fair or in One World Week (17th – 21st October).
  • Arrange to meet with your academic co-ordinator (you can find their details below). They will discuss your options with you, suggest which institution(s) are the best fit for your modules, what you need to do with regards to your programme of study and how to apply to your chosen institution.
  • Decide on your top 3 host universities from our partner universities list and complete the application form. Your academic co-ordinator will need to sign the form. Your application form will include a personal statement and we also ask that you submit a one page CV to support your application to study abroad.
  • Please return your signed and completed application form, with a one page CV, to the International Relations Office, NP in MH.G17. Applications must be submitted in person. Emailed or scanned copies will not be accepted.

Deadline for applications is 31st January 2017

After you apply

All applications will be read by our International Relations team and will be shortlisted for interviews. You will be invited to a short interview to discuss your application further in early February for which you will receive further details nearer the time. We will use this interview to determine your level of interest in your chosen institutions and this will help us to make suitable allocations for each successful applicant.

If your application is successful, we will inform you of the allocated institution to which we will nominate you in late February/early March. You will then need to then complete the application process of your host university and they will be likely to communicate directly with you from this point on. The application process differs from institution to institution but the host will normally provide you with full guidance notes – or you can always contact the International Relations Office for help.

How did other students find their study placement?

Emma D'Arcy - BA (Hons) English literature - completed Erasmus+ at University of Stockholm, Sweden

Fantastic! I'm so, so glad I did it, and I'm dying to go back to Stockholm for a holiday and revisit all my favourite places. I'm quite introverted, so making friends was difficult for me because I'm not very good at putting myself out there, but because I had a roommate I never felt lonely. She had a lot of friends, so I was always able to go out with them if I wanted. I'd advise going with a roommate if possible just so you can make an immediate friend (it's also cheaper). Stockholm's a lovely city to explore on your own though - there are quite a lot of museums and galleries that are free or discounted for under 25's, and the whole city is so beautiful that you can just go walking and be enchanted. I can't wait to go back at some point.

It didn't really feel that foreign to me - the university environment was really the same as at home, with people perhaps a little more academically driven, and everyone spoke excellent English, including all the other foreign students, who used it as their primary communications language. There were Swedish lessons, but the classes were so huge that if you couldn't keep up, you were left behind. But it wasn't a problem, since I never needed much Swedish to get by easily in the city. Knowing how to say please and thank you are the most important things.

Sam Walker - BSc (Hons) Business and Management & Geography  - CUC, China (Beijing)

Studying abroad in China has been one of the best experiences I’ve been lucky enough to have. That’s not to say there weren’t a few bumps along the way but overall, studying in Beijing was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It was so different to anything I’d done before and because of that I adored the experience. The culture, the city, the people; it was all just amazing... 

As soon as I’d arrived the university provided a lot of orientation lectures to help students adapt. After a week of those, I was happy to go out and explore on my own. You can get to almost anywhere via the subway and it was so easy to use for tourists (and cheap). The majority of people on campus spoke English and gave a lot of good advice as to what to see and where to go. Moving around the city there are fewer people who can speak English fluently, however - it was never an issue as most signs are written in English.