Why study abroad?

Erasmus studentsA year abroad is undoubtedly one of the best opportunities that is available to you during your undergraduate career. It is a privilege and an experience to be proud of and remember throughout your university and professional life.

The benefits from participating in a year abroad include:

  • Developing relevant, marketable skills – problem solving, communication, patience and perseverance, determination, self-motivation, analytical and study skills
  • Academic or subject related reasons – experience a different academic environment and way of teaching
  • Enhanced career prospects – employers more likely to choose you with additional offerings other than just your degree 
  • Language and culture – opportunity to be genuinely immersed into another culture rather than just being a traveller 
  • Personal development – increased confidence and ability to deal with difficult situations and unfamiliar surroundings 
  • Contacts – build worldwide relationships that can last a lifetime and benefit you in years to come 
  • Fun! – 99% of students that have studied abroad say that it is the best year of their lives

Whether you are a University of Birmingham student considering a year studying outside of the UK or an incoming student considering Birmingham as your study abroad destination; a world of opportunity awaits you!

A year abroad at the University of Birmingham

Exchange student talks about her year abroad at the University of Birmingham

A year abroad in France

Exchange student from University of Birmingham talks about his year abroad in France