Take your studies across the world
As well as being offered a degree - BSc Mathematics (International Study) (G104) - which incorporates a year of study abroad, students in the School of Mathematical Sciences can apply to spend a period of time studying abroad (usually one semester) through either one of our European Erasmus partners or a partner from the University-wide exchange programme.
Courses eligible are:
Read about some of our study abroad students
Adam Jasko - MMath Mathematics
“I was attracted to the School of Mathematical Sciences after the open day – it really sold it to me. After seeing the beautiful campus, the site that was to become the new maths building and discovering all the university and school had to offer, my mind was made up.
The great study abroad opportunities and wide variety of societies also stood out.I’ve always wanted to study abroad, so I went to various talks and events run by the school about the options available. There was a wide variety of courses and universities to pick from, and after looking at the universities onoffer for mathematicians I decided on Australia.I was required to apply online, and once I had secured my place, I began to look into the logistics of studying in Oz, such as flights, accommodation and modules.
I received a lot of support from The University of Nottingham throughout the process, both financially and practically. Alongside my student loan, I got £500 from the university for studying abroad, which covered most of my flights. I was offered a place at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth– it was fantastic place to be, and my semester out there in the sun was a welcome change. It didn’t take long to adjust to the UWA way of life – I had a host family andmade friends with lot of other international students which definitely helped.
The degree structure at UWA is a little different to that in the UK, but overall things were very similar. UWA were very supportive; they offered a lot of advice online before I arrived, but more importantly, they ran plenty of events before the semesterbegan and during term time. This was a great way to get to know the local area and make friends at the same time. I also stayed in contact with my course director back in the UK throughoutthe semester – I had a few issues with my module choices, so was able to draw on advice and guidance throughout, which was really helpful.
I had so many great times out in Australia and I’m so glad that I went. I took advantage of all the opportunities I had while I was there and I loved the whole cultural and educational experience. I had to do a lot of research before applying, but it was definitely worth it. Apart from all the great memories and useful contacts (personal, academic and professional) I learnt a lot about the culture there, and about myself. I feel more motivated and ready to take on the next opportunity or challenge that comes my way.”
My favourite memory“Although I did lots of adventurous things and travellingwhilst in Australia, one of my favourite memories is cycling to UWA along the swan river and seeing wild dolphins. At first I couldn’t believe it, but I sat and watched them until they swam off into the distance. Definitely the best reason for being late to a lecture!”
Toby Green - BSc Mathematics (International Study)
"I was attracted to the School of Mathematical Sciences at Nottingham because of its high ranking in the league tables, the new facilities available within the school and the fact that students are encouraged to study abroad. My year spent abroad has been the highlight of my course. When I was applying for my year abroad, I met with the study abroad coordinator in the school to decide where I wanted to go. I was then required to submit an application to the school which outlined why I wanted to go and what I hoped to get out of the experience.
The study abroad team were a great help with providing information onbursaries. The Erasmus grant is offered to all students who study abroad inthe EU; I received this as well as my normal student loan, so I was able to do everything that I wanted to do during my time abroad. I studied French at A level so my choices were Paris, Besancon and Bordeaux. I decided on the University of Bordeaux and studied there for nine months.
The modules I studied were similar to the ones we study in the UK, but the style of teaching and all round university life was very different. I was also able to take an astronomy module which was fascinating, as well as some sports modules. I had my own ambitions of what standard of French speaking I wanted to achieve. All foreign students are automatically enrolled on a free, year-long French course paid for by the university and after taking a test you are put in a class which suits your language ability. I found these classes a great way to meet other students from a variety of countries.
The international office at Bordeaux was brilliant at looking after us. The staff organised trips to the beach, vineyards, and small cultural visits around Bordeaux. These trips were a fantastic opportunity to meet other students. There were hundreds of foreign students in Bordeaux, all there to have a similar experience. I met some special people, who I will definitely be seeing in the future. I was also in constant contact with the study abroad coordinator back in the UK throughout the year. They offered brilliant support not only for academic issues but also general well-being; it was good to know that there was support from Nottingham.
My time in Bordeaux was incredible; it’s such a cliché but it was definitely the best year of my life. I met some amazing people and had loads of great experiences. I was proud of how much my French improved and I learnt how important it is to try new experiences and not be afraid. Academically, studying maths in French has made my final year in Nottingham seem a lot easier because there isn’t the language obstacle. I would highly recommend doing a year abroad!"
Rachel Trickett - BSc Mathematics (International Study)
“I was attracted by the excellent credentials that went with the School ofMathematical Sciences. I knew that the student satisfaction rate was veryhigh, and so far, it has not disappointed. After initially deciding that I wanted to take part in the study abroad scheme,I attended meetings designed to inform us of the application procedure and spoke to people about the choices available. For me, it was a case of looking at the ones available in France and deciding which offered the classes and resources to suit my needs.
Once I had decided on which university I wanted to attend, I wrote a letterof application to the host university in the target language, with a cover letter and personal statement. This part was challenging, but I was offered help from my French tutor. I studied at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in the heart of Paris for anacademic year. The course in Paris focused a lot on the theoretical aspect of each module, rather than any analytical aspects and number crunching. We also had regular tutorials for every module which consisted of workingin small groups on set problem sheets, as well as writing solutions on the board in front of your peers. Not only did this help with the module, it also assisted my French language as I had to engage regularly with the teachers and fellow students.
When I arrived in France, I was unsure whether my French skills were up to scratch, but that soon changed when I started using the language on a day-to-day basis. Personally, I feel that the oral side of the language is the one you need to be most confident with when you first set out. During my time away, I was contacted by the Erasmus coordinator on several occasions to see how I was settling into life in France. They made sure I was kept up to date with any international events which were taking place in the university, including organised visits to other parts of France.
There were also plenty of other international students and the Erasmus committee set up by the university ensured that we were constantly socialising with each other. Some of the people I met through these events became my closest friends while on my year abroad.
I received a grant from the government specifically for Erasmus students and this enabled me to enjoy my year even more, without worrying about money.I thoroughly enjoyed my time living in Paris. The university side of it was a huge learning curve, but it soon became second nature. Personally, I have developed my communication skills so much from my time abroad. It gave me the opportunity to interact with people I might not normally interact with,and from this I now have friends from all over the world. Academically, I have adapted a more in-depth style of learning mathematics. I have learnt to appreciate where the formulae stem from, even if it is not necessary for the exams.”
Christopher Hobbis - BSc Mathematics (International Study)
“It was always my intention to study mathematics at university and I was keen on furthering the language skills I had acquired at school. The range of study paths at Nottingham impressed me very much and the opportunity to spend a year abroad as part of my course was a major factor in my decision.
There were several options in terms of which country we could choose,with varying numbers of potential host universities. I studied at RWTHAachen University in Germany for one academic year. In order to reach the required standard in German, I took modules(at stages four and five) from the University’s Language Centre. I began this two years prior to my departure, picking up from where I had left off at A level. At Aachen, the Erasmus Coordinator from their maths department was always available to answer any queries.
The majority of the lecturers and assistants were happy to offer help with their material and took into account the fact that I was used toa different style of study than was prevalent there. There was a large community of international students in Aachen throughout the year due to the excellence status awarded to theRWTH. I encountered over 100 students from up to 20 different countries, including four or five others from the UK, one of whom also studies mathematics (at York) and shared some modules with me during the first semester.
I received 12 months worth of Erasmus grant while I was away to help with living expenses and was able to claim back travel expenses for journeys to and from Germany and public transport within the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. It was helpful to experience a more intensive study pattern than I had previously, as this will hopefully hold me in good stead for the future, particularly the MSc course I have applied for at the end of my current degree.
The range of courses I studied also provided me with more of an insight into my strengths and weaknesses in particular areas of mathematics. I feel that living on my own for the first time has made me more independent, and being able to practise and improve my language skills on a day-to-day basis and get to know people from a range of cultures was also a massive plus. I’ve made many new friends along the way and I would recommend such an exchange to anyone.”
The Erasmus exchange programme is an initiative between Schools/Departments at The University of Nottingham and academic counterpart universities across Europe. Partner Universities include:
Course modules in Italian, French, German and Spanish are available from The Language Centre at levels from beginner (Stage 1) up to post A-level (Stage 4). It is strongly recommended that you take some of these in your second year if you plan to apply to study in one of these countries.
University-wide exchange programme (international)
The University-wide exchange programme is an international network of leading universities, of which The University of Nottingham is a founding member. Students from the School of Mathematical Sciences can apply to:
Study Abroad Fair and School meeting
Each year the International Office holds information presentations which give information about the Erasmus and the University-wide exchange programme as well as other opportunities.
There will then be a meeting aimed mainly at second year students within the School of Mathematical Sciences for people considering applying for a period of study abroad.
Students wishing to study abroad under Erasmus or the University-wide exchange programme should fill in the appropriate online forms and return them to the Director of International Studies, School of Mathematical Sciences.
It is a good idea to begin planning early having discussions with both personal tutors and the Director of International Studies.