University of Hertfordshire Study Abroad

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University of Hertfordshire Study Abroad

University of Hertfordshire Study Abroad

Study abroad: Opening up a world of possibilities

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There is a great big world out there and the University of Hertfordshire will help you explore it.

Spend part of your course studying or working abroad and pick up valuable skills and experience which today’s businesses really value.

With more and more companies working internationally, there has never been a better time to be well travelled. Experience of living in another country – and even better, speaking the language – can make a great impression on future employers.

You have the opportunity on most of our courses to spend time studying at one of our many partner universities overseas.

It is an adventure you will never forget, boosting your confidence, increasing your independence, introducing you to new people and giving you a fresh perspective on the world.

Can I study abroad?

Study abroad is open to full time undergraduates who have completed at least 1 year of study.



You may be required to achieve certain grades and for particular universities it may be subject to sufficient places being available and suitable courses being offered in terms of curriculum.

You will gain academic recognition for your period of study abroad, which may be in credit, the degree award title or both.

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) facilitates the transfer of credit between European universities, and similar transfer agreements exist with our non-European partners.

You will be expected to undertake equivalent of 60 UK credits or 30 ECTS credits per semester. An ECTS credit equates to two UK credits.

In the USA, the equivalent workload will be 12-15 credit hours per semester.


Erasmus Whatever year you study abroad, you pay no tuition fees to the partner university, and if you take placement in a third year, you will pay no tuition fees to us either.

You will also be eligible for an Erasmus grant in Europe to help with travel and living costs. An Erasmus grant is open to all whatever your nationality and for both periods of study and work.

In Europe many students often combine a period of study with a work placement and obtain Erasmus funding for both.

If you venture further afield outside of Europe, we offer our own Global Scholarships and Santander Universities scholarships.

Wherever you choose to go, you will still be eligible to receive any grants or loans to which you normally receive from the student loan company and local authorities.

Our partners


We have partnerships with universities around the world in the USA, Canada, Latin America, South Africa, China, Korea and Japan, South East Asia, and Australia.

We are also part of the EU Erasmus programme, which gives you the chance to live, study and work in around twenty European countries.

You can study for 3 months, a semester or a whole year, depending on your course and where you want to go, and perhaps have the chance of taking a work placement too.

If you cannot take a semester or year, we also offer summer schools in France, Germany, Korea and Thailand.

Partner universities

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.

Get in touch

Contact us to find out more about studying abroad.

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Studying abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences to include within your course, and as many of our students say can be a ‘life changing’ experience.

You can study abroad in the second, third or fourth years of your course, taking modules at the University of Hertfordshire alongside our own students, and earning credit for your study back at your home university.

You will:

  • gain first hand experience of UK education.
  • have the chance to live in another country and to widen your cultural horizons.
  • make new friendships.
  • enhance your employability and give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market.

At the University of Hertfordshire we can offer you an individually tailored programme for 1 or 2 semesters, including an orientation and induction at the start of the programme.

We offer a full range of student support services during your stay, from programme advice, academic and personal support, to on campus medical services and religious provision.

We also offer assistance in finding residential accommodation, and the vast majority of exchange students stay in rooms on campus.

Find out more about studying at the University of Hertfordshire.

Partner universities


We offer exchange opportunities to students from all of our partner universities and your home university must be a partner for you to qualify.

In Europe, our partnerships are under the EU Erasmus programme and organised on a subject basis, whilst outside of Europe agreements normally are institutional and cover most academic subjects. It is possible to exchange for the fall or spring semesters, or for a whole academic year.

The University has participated in exchange programmes for over 20 years, so we are well acquainted with the needs and concerns of exchange students.

With many of our partners, we have longstanding relationships, so they can advise you knowledgeably on study at Hertfordshire.

You can select modules from across the University in a single subject area or from several subject areas.

All modules are available, except for a few professionally related modules, principally in health and education. Some modules require prior study, and in this case, you need to have completed a similar module at your home university.

The normal workload of a student at Hertfordshire is four modules per semester, with modules rated at 15 UK credits, that is, 7.5 ECTS or 3 US credits. Some modules, rated at 30 UK credits, span two semesters, and are only open to yearlong exchange students.

Module selection

Our tutors will help you put together an individual programme of study to meet both your educational requirements and personal interests.

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Until the new online module catalogue is available, details of modules available at the University can be obtained on request from the European and Study Abroad Office. Please contact us at

The University offers modules in the areas of:

  • art and design
  • astronomy
  • business and management
  • computer science
  • economics
  • education
  • engineering
  • environmental science
  • fashion
  • film and media
  • health
  • humanities
  • law
  • life sciences
  • mathematics
  • music
  • pharmacy
  • physics
  • psychology
  • sports science
  • tourism

To be an exchange student, you must be an undergraduate student at your home university and have satisfactorily completed at least one year of study.

You should have a sufficient command of English to be able to study in English. We do offer non-native speakers English language support.

To apply, talk to your home university’s office of international programmes. We only accept students nominated by their home university. Once nominated you will receive the relevant application forms by email.

The closing date for applications for students from partners outside of Europe (non-Erasmus) is 30 April 2015 for Semester A and for 17 October 2015 for Semester B.

The closing date for applications for Erasmus students is 30 June 2015 for Semester A and 30 November 2015 for Semester B.

We will send you in due course pre-arrival information, an accommodation pack and joining instructions.

This will include advice on necessary health and travel insurance and visa requirements, if appropriate, for entry to the UK.

Available modules

Find out which modules you could study in the subject of your interest:

Get in touch

Contact us to find out more about studying abroad.