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Studying abroad is a great way to gain international experience, meet new people, learn about a new culture and improve your employability!

St Mary’s Study Abroad programme is open to all students and offers the opportunity to spend a semester or a summer at one of our partner universities across the world. We also support work placements in Europe as part of the Erasmus+ programme until May 2023.

Undergraduate students on most courses may spend a full semester abroad during their second year, studying at one of our partner universities in Australia, Canada, Europe or the USA.

The semester abroad is integrated into your degree and the credits you earn while you’re abroad will transfer back to St Mary’s. 

You may participate in more than one study abroad programme, though preference will be given to first-time participants if spaces or funding is limited. 

Preparing to study abroad

Our helpful staff will support you every step of the way, from learning about your options to settling back in when you return. The Study Abroad team runs information sessions in the autumn spring to introduce the programmes, provide details about the application process and answer your questions about how to start planning for your international experience.

After you’re accepted to study or work abroad, you will attend a pre-departure orientation. These sessions give you a chance to meet other students who will be going abroad and covers:

  • Academic requirements
  • Next steps for enrolling at your partner university
  • Visa information
  • Student finance details
  • Accommodation
  • Travel planning

You may also want to set up a virtual meeting with your partner university to get answers to any outstanding questions.