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Study Abroad FAQs

Studying abroad counts as a placement. You can choose to do one semester or the full year. Of course, if you do the half year, you need to have a plan for the remaining duration.

Most students tend to do a Study Abroad exchange term in TP1 and use this time to look for a work placement.

You can apply to go on an exchange if you are a second year undergraduate student at Aston University. All ABS, EAS and LSS students can do a Study Abroad Placement. There are some degrees from LHS which do not allow a study abroad placement. If you are in doubt, please contact your course director.

Furthermore, you need to be able to cover the cost of the exchange (including travel, living expenses, accommodation, visa etc.), although Erasmus students will get a grant towards this.

The placement year contributes 10% to your degree. You have to sit all the exams at the partner university, however only the best marks will be taken into account. You will have to complete another form of assessment, depending on your degree that could be an essay, reflective journal, and poster. The assessment will be confirmed in the beginning of your placement year and will be published on your Blackboard.

For the list of Partner Institutions, please check the Partner Universities section.

Please note that the exchange agreements with some universities are for specific schools (e.g. Bocconi University in Milan is for Aston Business School students only). Other Universities, such as NTU, Singapore are open to all Aston Students.

The process is competitive so all students should select three different destinations and ideally three different countries. Furthermore, we do have a limited number of places for each Partner University. Some locations are in demand, therefore it’s not always possible to get an offer for your first choice.

For all applications to an international partner, you will need to include a Study Abroad Letter of Motivation. 

In the letter, you should list your three choices but only focus on writing about your first one. You may include academic reasons, extra-curriculum reasons or personal reasons for your choice. We advise that you research your chosen university to back up your choice. Why have you chosen a particular course? Do these universities offer any specific clubs or societies; are they in a particular location? Do you have personal reasons for needing these universities (e.g. finance, relatives, religion, sexual orientation, disability)? Why should we choose you to go that university?

View an example of a Study Abroad Letter of Motivation.

You should expect to hear from us between 2-4 weeks after your interview.

We will always endeavor to secure a place for 100% of students who apply, but due to high demand in some countries, we cannot guarantee a destination in your top three. In that case we will give you a chance to provide us with an alternative list of universities.

For a detailed guidance on the fees and funding available, please check the Funding page.

For a general guide you can check living expenses between different countries using the Expatistan website.

Check the Erasmus page for more information.

Erasmus application documents will be sent to you a month before you commence your placement. It’s important to note that you will receive the grant after you’ve started your placement (usually in the first two months). You must have a financial plan in place for the first two months, including savings which will cover your initial moving costs.
You can still apply as normal for your placement fee loan and you may be eligible for a higher rate of maintenance loan and grant. Please contact Student Finance England for more information or contact the Hub.
You are fully responsible for your travel costs to your host institution as well as your accommodation whilst you are abroad. You can still apply as normal for your placement fee loan and you may be eligible for a higher rate of maintenance loan and grant. Please contact Student Finance England for more information or contact the Hub.
Whilst the idea of finding your own accommodation may seem daunting at first, with a little research you will quickly discover your options. Every country and host university is different so we encourage you to check your host university website and their social media channels for exchange students as these can be a very helpful resource.
EU Students travelling inside the EU will not need a visa. International students will need a visa to study. Please contact the host country Embassy in London and research information on the internet.
You will build your own timetable; meaning you will pick and mix the modules you want to study! Around half of them have to relate to your degree, the rest can be anything really! Studying abroad gives you the chance to gain knowledge in a different field or become an expert in yours.
Please look on our partner institution websites as many have module catalogues you can access online.

Once you have been nominated to the partner university (nominations for the first term/full year happen between March-June) you will receive a study plan which will provide guidance on your module selection.

Until your placement has been confirmed we request that you do not contact our partner institutions directly. If there is a specific situation where we need to contact a partner in advance of a confirmed placement, this should be done via the Study Abroad Coordinator.
You don't necessarily need to speak a foreign language to study abroad.

You can study in English at many of our partner universities in non-English speaking countries, learning the local language alongside as a bonus.

Being surrounded by native speakers will help you improve your language skills quickly and get even more out of your international experience.

Students on a language degree have to study in their target language.

If you still have questions or concerns please email us internationalplacements@aston.ac.uk or book an appointment via Aston Futures.