Going on an Overseas Exchange for a semester or a year may change your life. It will have an impact on your motivation to study, on your employability as a graduate in a global jobs market, on your development as a person, and on your awareness of your own and other peoples’ cultures.
Whilst an international exchange may be a great opportunity to develop some foreign language skills, it is not compulsory to have prior knowledge of a foreign language as most international business schools teach at least some of their content in English.
With your tutors’ help you will select modules from one of our many partner institutes which will complement and enhance your chosen degree. By adapting to another educational culture, you will find that you become increasingly flexible in your approach to study and confident in the way you tackle assignments. Many students who participate in an international student exchange receive improved grades in their final year.
Please look at the information provided for each partner institute for individual guidance on modules available for foreign exchange students, the associated cost of living and additional information relevant to each institution.
The following pages will give you most of the information you will need to take up the opportunity of an overseas exchange at the University of Worcester. Please read them carefully and feel free to use the contacts at the bottom of the page to discuss your options further.
Who is the exchange for?
All full time undergraduate students within the Business School who have successfully completed their first year of study are eligible to take part in the international student exchange programme (BA Accounting students need to discuss their eligibility with Paul Furniss or Simon Quigley). It is normally possible to go in either semester one or two although students are advised to choose semester two.
Benefits of a student exchange
An international student exchange is a great way to add value to your degree. In an increasingly competitive jobs market, employers will look for qualities which will set apart one applicant from the others. If you have been on an overseas exchange, you will be perceived as having useful transferable skills as well as broad horizons and an adaptable approach to life and work.
The impact on your personal development will be difficult to quantify but you will certainly become more self-aware, self-reliant and open minded in the face of new experiences. You will develop social skills and sensitivity to your own and other peoples’ cultures and may find that you see Worcester and, indeed, the UK from a completely different perspective. An international exchange is a great opportunity to develop networks and either learn a new language or develop your foreign language skills further.
Plus of course, studying in a foreign country can be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. It offers the chance to make new friends, undertake sports and activities in a different environment and can provide a good platform to explore and travel.
Costs of a student exchange
If you take part in an exchange under the international exchange programme you will continue to pay tuition fees to the University of Worcester and will not be charged tuition fees at the overseas partner institution. You will continue to receive any student grant or loan to which you are normally entitled.
You may also receive some supplementary extra funding in the form of an Erasmus grant if you study at one of the European partners. This is intended to help towards the extra costs of living and studying abroad. It is paid to the University of Worcester, which then distributes it to students. The amount is determined by the Erasmus programme itself, not by the University of Worcester, and varies from year to year.
- The process
The international exchange process
A prerequisite for acceptance on the Erasmus exchange scheme is approval by your course and subject tutors at Worcester that the courses selected for study abroad are both suitable and have an acceptable level of compatibility with UW requirements. This is vital in order that the period of study abroad will be acceptably coherent with the overall Worcester degree.
A student who passes a module as part of an agreed exchange whilst studying at another institution will be awarded an appropriate number of credits towards the award but no grade(s) will be recorded.
- Next steps
The next steps
If you are interested in undertaking an international student exchange you should follow the steps below.
- Look at the many international partners that are available to business exchange students and determine where you might like to study.
- Attend one of the International Office’s Student Exchange drop in sessions, which currently take place in the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre on Wednesdays from 15.00 to 16.00 and Thursday from 12.30 to 13.30. Here you can ask questions about undertaking an exchange such as finance, applications, and the modules available at each partner institution.
- Contact your Academic Tutor. Let them know that you are thinking about going on an exchange and that you will require a reference from them to support your application. If you have any questions about individual international partners, you can seek guidance from Dr Robin Bell, as he has knowledge of where students have studied in the past and where particular subject links are strongest.
- Download and complete an Outgoing Exchange Application Form and read the full Overseas Exchange Programmes: Information for Students booklet.
- Make an appointment with a Programme Advisor (via your SOLE page) to discuss your proposed application. They will be able to inform you of any mandatory modules in your second year, for which you must select similar modules to study whilst away on exchange.
- Finally, before submitting your application, you will need a signature of approval from Dr Robin Bell to confirm your module selection is appropriate.
- Submit your completed application to the International Office (Woodbury 13) by the 30th of March (later applications may be accepted, but please let the International office know as soon as possible if you are planning to submit an application).