​​Study and work abroad: Outbound students

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​​Outbound students

​Find out more about where you can go, what you can study and how to apply to study abroad

When you're a student at the University, you could study or work abroad, or both, as part of your degree, depending on your course. There are countless positive reasons to consider studying or working abroad – it can broaden your horizons, open up new professional and personal opportunities, and help you learn another language.

And when it comes time to start your career, this experience can also help you stand out from the crowd. If you have any questions, take a look at our FAQs about studying abroad page.

Opportunities and destinations

There are two types of exchange opportunities, depending on the destination:

Erasmus+

The Erasmus+ programme, funded by the European Commission, allows you to complete a study or work placement overseas. Taking part in the programme helps you to develop personally and professionally by gaining valuable international experience, broadening your horizons, experiencing new cultures and discovering new ways of working.

You can choose a period of 2–12 months, depending on your course and the agreements your school or department has with partner universities. As the opportunities are subject specific, you’ll need to discuss which options are open to you with your School or Department Exchanges Coordinator.

If you're about to graduate, you could participate in the Erasmus+ programme as a Graduate Trainee. Talk to your School or Department Exchanges Coordinator for details before your graduation. 

International Exchange

The University also has many agreements in place with partner institutions in places such as Australia, Brazil, Japan and the United States. 

Where can I go?

Explore our academic exchange partnerships around the world, arranged by subject, faculty and country, as applicable. Please note, these details are subject to change.

Exchange partners

Austria

Technical University of Vienna (TU Wien)

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

Brazil

University of São Paulo

Undergraduate

International

Denmark

Aalborg University

Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

RWTH Aachen University

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Norway

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Slovenia

Ljubljana University

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Italy

University of Palermo

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Bulgaria

Technical University of Sofia

Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Cyprus

Frederick University Cyprus

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Czech Republic

Charles University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

University of Grenoble Alpes

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

Paris Dauphine University

Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Germany

University of Kiel

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Greece

Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology

Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Republic of Ireland

Dublin City University

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Milano-Bicocca

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Reggio Calabria

Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Salerno

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

Slovakia

Comenius University

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Sweden

University of Gothenburg

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

France

University of Grenoble Alpes

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

The Netherlands

NHTV Breda University of Applied Science

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

The Netherlands

HU University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Spain

European University of Madrid

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Sweden

Uppsala University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Belgium

VIVES University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Canada

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Undergraduate

International

Czech Republic

Charles University in Prague

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

Berlin School of Economics and Law

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Malta

University of Malta

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Netherlands

Avans University of Applied Science

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Norway

University of Oslo

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

Universite Clermont Auvergne

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

France

University of Burgundy

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Greece

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Milano-Bicocca

Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Italy

University of Palermo

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Perugia

Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Croatia

University of Zagreb Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)
Erasmus+

Czech Republic

Charles University in Prague

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Denmark

University of Southern Denmark (Sociology only)

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Education Only)

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Lithuania

Siauliu University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Spain

Autonomous University of Barcelona (Education only)

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

Sweden

Kristianstad University Sweden (Education only)

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Finland

Turku University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

University of Applied Sciences FH Münster

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

Spain

Universidad de Alcalà

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Belgium

Ghent University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

University of Kiel

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Luxembourg

University of Luxembourg

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Poland

University of Gdansk

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Spain

University of Malaga

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Austria

University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Belgium

Howest University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Denmark

Danish School of Media and Journalism

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

Stuttgart Media University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Spain

University of San Pablo CEU

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Spain

University of Zaragoza (Media Studies only)

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Sweden

Dalarna University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

University of Rennes 2

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

University of Bremen

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

Hungary

Eotvos Lorand University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Hungary

University of Szeged

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

Malta

University of Malta

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Poland

Adam Mickiewicz University

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Slovakia

Comenius University of Bratislava

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research

Erasmus+

Sweden

Halmstad University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Belgium

Université libre de Bruxelles

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (Phd)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Canada

Carleton University

Undergraduate

International

Czech Republic

Palacky University

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

Cergy-Pontoise University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

University of Strasbourg

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Hungary

University of Szeged

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (Phd)

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Trento

Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (Phd)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

The Netherlands

Maastricht University

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

The Netherlands

The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Norway

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

USA

University of Nebraska Omaha

Undergraduate

International

 

Belgium

University of Mons

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Chile

University Diego Portales

Undergraduate

International

China

Beijing International Studies University

Undergraduate

International

France

Lumière University Lyon 2

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

France

University of Strasbourg

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

François Rabelais University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

University of Bremen

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

University of Erfurt

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

Flensburg University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

University of Marburg

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Italy

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Spain

University of Alcalà

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Spain

University of Granada

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Spain

University of Malaga

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Spain

University of Murcia

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Spain

University of Salamanca

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Sweden

University of Stockholm

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Poland

University of Zielona Gora

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Spain

Public University of Navarra

Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research

Erasmus+

France

University of Caen

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

France

University of Limoges

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

University of Rouen

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Greece

University of Patras

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Padua

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Italy

Univeristy of Sassari

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+and Institutional

The Netherlands

Leiden University Medical Centrer (LUMC)

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Institutional

Poland

Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Institutional

Spain

Complutense University of Madrid

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Spain

Universidad Europea Madrid

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Spain

Universidad de Navarra

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Germany

University of Mannheim

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

University of Würzburg

Undergraduate

International and Institutional

Italy

Sapienza University of Rome

Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Spain

Complutense University of Madrid

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Austria

Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Canada

Brock University

Undergraduate

International

Canada

Western University

Undergraduate

International

Czech Republic

University of Ostrava

Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

University of Rouen

Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Sweden

Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

USA

State University of New York

Undergraduate 

International

Faculty Specific Agreements

Australia

University of Southern Queensland

Undergraduate

International

Austria

FH Johanneum University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Belgium

University Colleges Leuven-Limburg

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Canada

Brock University

Undergraduate

International

Canada

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Undergraduate

International

Canada

University of Prince Edward Island

Undergraduate

International

China

Beijing Technology and Business University

Undergraduate

International

China

Research Institute of Economics and Management, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics

Undergraduate

International

China

Tianjin University of Finance and Economics

Undergraduate

International

Croatia

University of Zagreb

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Czech Republic

University of Economics, Prague

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Denmark

University of Southern Denmark

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Finland

Tampere University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

EDC Paris Business School

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

France

Normandy Business School

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

EDHEC Business School

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

France

IDRAC Business School

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

France

Montpellier Business School

 Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

University of Montpellier

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

France

ESC Rennes School of Business

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

University of Strasbourg

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Germany

International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

Berlin School of Economics and Law

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Germany

Münster University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

EBS University of Business and Law

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Hong Kong

Lingnan University

Undergraduate

International

Hungary

International Business School, Budapest

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Italy

University of Padua

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Pisa

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Italy

University of Rome Tor Vergata

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Japan

Nagasaki University

Undergraduate

International

Japan

Nagoya University of Foreign Studies

Undergraduate

International

The Netherlands

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

The Netherlands

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

The Netherlands

Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Norway

Oslo Metropolitan University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Poland

Wrocław University of Economics

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

South Korea

Solbridge International School of Business

Undergraduate

International

Spain

Ramon Llull University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Spain

Loyola University Andalusia

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Spain

Nebrija University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Spain

CEU San Pablo University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Sweden

Jönköping International Business School

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Sweden

Linköping University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Sweden

University of Stockholm

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Switzerland

ZHAW School of Management and Law

Undergraduate

Swiss-European Mobility Programme

Institutional

Thailand

Kasetsart University

Undergraduate

International

USA

San José State University

Undergraduate

International

USA

Southeast Missouri State University

Undergraduate

International

USA

Western Carolina University

Undergraduate

International

USA

State University of New York

Undergraduate

International

China

Three Gorges University

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

International

University Wide Agreements

Edith Cowan University

Undergraduate

International

Caen University

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

International


What are the benefits of working or studying abroad?

  • Experience a new country and a different culture
  • Open up new professional and personal opportunities
  • Stand out in the job market when you graduate
  • Learn another language or expand your existing language skills
  • Make friends from all over the world
  • Grow your confidence and independence living away from your home country

Where could you study abroad?

We have partner universities around the world where you can study abroad. Which country you visit will depend on which course you do. See a full list of our partner universities and locations.

Countries you could go to include:

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Sweden

Do you need to speak the language?

You don't have to speak the language of the country you're going to as classes are delivered in English. You'll no doubt pick up some of the basic phrases while you're there though, and should seek out opportunities to practice.

If you want to prepare yourself and learn the language before you go, you can do a free language course while you're at university.

Studying in China as a student

Doing a year in China was one of the reasons why I chose this course – especially because at Portsmouth you get to do a whole year in China. I know that in Norway they only send people there for 1 term. Which I feel is a bit short if you want to get better at Chinese. So being able to go there for a whole year is really good.

My name is Marie. I’m an international student from Norway. I study at the University of Portsmouth, where I study International Relations and Chinese.

I’m currently on my year abroad studying in Wuhan, China. What I enjoy most about being in China is that, even though it’s very different, it is good different.

It’s nice to be part of the Chinese culture – learning about China, learning Chinese, trying new foods especially. Chinese food in China and Chinese food in the Western world is very different.

I think I will miss China. All the people that I’ve met there, and just the environment of being in China. I think I will really miss it. But it’s going to be good to come back to Portsmouth as well.

These are some videos of China. This one is from the Sichuan province. That’s the pandas that we went to see – cute pandas.

The advice I would give to students wanting to do a language or study abroad is – just really consider it. Doing a language will look good on your degree. It will increase your chances of getting a job.

Being in China is my second year abroad experience, since I already came to England to study and now I’m in China. And I have never regretted going.

International Summer Schools

If you can't commit to a long study exchange and prefer to go abroad during the holidays, you can apply for our 2-week summer schools. Attending an International Summer School in a different country is another way to experience life in a different culture while studying.

While on the summer school, you’ll interact with local students and staff, learn about the local language and culture, and visit famous landmarks.

Joining a summer school programme costs around £1,500. Staff from the University of Portsmouth arrange and accompany the trip, so you don't have to worry about organising anything.

You can choose from 3 summer school destinations (subject to change for 2021):

China – Beijing, Xi'an, and Luoyang

When you go on the summer school to China, you'll experience:

  • Lessons on topics such as Mandarin, philosophy and traditions, history and ecommerce
  • Practical workshops on traditional painting and Tai Chi
  • Excursions including the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Imperial Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors, Banpo Ruins, Shaolin Temple and Longmen Grottoes

Kenya – Nairobi and Mombasa

When you go on the summer school to Kenya, you'll experience:

  • Talks including the local nature and environment, Mau Mau history, education in Kenya and Masai Mara culture
  • Excursions to Mount Kenya, Rift Valley, Masai Mara Village, Nyali Beach and Fort Jesus
  • 3 days of safari drives

Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur and Kuching (Borneo rainforests)

When you go on the summer school to Malaysia, you'll experience:

  • Lessons on topics such as a socio-political overview of Malaysia, an introduction to Malay language and civil liberties
  • Excursions from Kuala Lumpur include Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Royal Selangor Pewter, Thean Hou Temple and a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Melaka
  • Excursions from Kuching include the Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary, Bako National Park, Sarawak Cultural Village, rainforest hikes and waterfalls

Working abroad

On some of our courses, you can do your placement year abroad. Our students have travelled to countries including Japan, Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland, Malaysia, America and Spain during their sandwich year.

You can find opportunities to work abroad at our Global Working events, run by the Careers and Employability Service. If you're looking for more direct advice on finding an overseas placement, you can talk to your course placement officer when you start.

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