What can I do on my year abroad?
American and Canadian Studies
Four-year single and joint honours degrees in American Study (International Study) require the completion of a period of study abroad, usually in North America.
American Studies (International Study) students spend year 3 of their four-year programme abroad, normally in the United States or Canada. Joint Honours students may transfer into the International Study programme if places become available at the end of year 1. Places are awarded on an academically competitive basis.
Our partner institutions reflect the diversity of North America in terms of both geography and educational approach, and we ensure that all are able to maintain high academic standards.
Some of our current North American partners are as follows:
University of Calgary, Alberta
Carleton University, Ottawa
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
Western University, London, Ontario
York University, Toronto
United States of America
University of Alabama, Birmingham
University at Albany, New York
University of Arizona, Tucson
Belmony University, Nashville, Tennessee
Binghamton University, New York
Butler University, Indianapolis
Carthage College, Illinois
College of Charleston, South Carolina
Emory & Henry College, Emory
University of Florida, Gainesville
University of Georgia, Athens
Georgia State University, Atlanta
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Mercer University, Macon, Georgia
Middlebury College, Vermont
The College of New Jersey, Ewing Township
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Southern Oregon University, Ashland
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
Wisconsin La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Cultural, Media and Visual Studies
Joint-honours students with American and Canadian Studies may pursue international study through the International Office, which maintains university-wide exchanges.
Students taking joint honours BA International Media and Communications Studies with languages spend Year 3 abroad in the country of their chosen language of study. These placements are organised by the Department of Modern Languages, below.
Depending on the language you are studying you can either study at one of our renowned partner institutions, work as part of an English Language Assistantship through the British Council, or undertake a work placement during your year abroad.
If you are studying a modern language as part of your degree, you will spend the full academic year abroad in a country/countries that speak the languages you are studying.
This year abroad is an essential part of your course as it allows you to experience your chosen language of study in a culture where it is spoken natively. The benefits to language learning of immersion of this kind are tremendous.
If you are studying a single honours programme, then you will spend a full academic year abroad in a country which speaks that language. If you are studying two languages as part of a joint honours degree, then you will have to divide your year between two countries, each of which speaking a language of your study. If your degree course consists of three languages, you will be required to split your year as evenly as possible, spending a minimum of ten weeks in each country. It is possible to mix and match your choices of study, work or teaching if you are spending time in more than one country.
China partner institutions
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Fudan University, Shanghai
Jiao Tong University, Shanghai
French partner institutions
Université d'Avignon, France
Université Marc Bloch Strasbourg, France
Université de Pau, France
Université de Paris 7 - Denis Diderot, France
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France
Université de La Réunion, Academy of Réunion
Université Stendhal, Grenoble, France
Institut Supérieur d'Interprétation et Traduction (ISIT), France
Université des Antille et de la Guyane, Academy of French Guianna
Université Gaston BERGER, Sénégal
German partner institutions
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Universität Bremen, Germany
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany
Johannes Gutenberg Universität FTSK-Germersheim (Mainz), Germany
Universität Heidelberg, Germany
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg, Germany
Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany
Universität Wien, Austria
Russian and Slavonic partner institutions
St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, Russia
Moscow City Pedagogical University, Russia
University of Belgrade, Serbia
University of Rijeka, Croatia
Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American partner institutions
Universidad de Cádiz, Spain
Universidad de Granada, Spain
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Universidad del País Vasco, Spain
Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Universitat de Salamanca, Spain
Universitat de València, Spain
Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Universidade do Minho (Braga), Portugal
Universidade do Porto, Portugal
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil
Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM), Brazil
Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico
Universidad de la Habana, Cuba
Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile
Universidad del Bio-Bio, Chile
Universidad de Lima, Peru
Universidad de Cordoba, Argentina
Code of Conduct
For students on their Year Abroad
During your Year Abroad our students remain a student of the University of Nottingham, and therefore subject to the University’s regulations governing student behaviour, conduct, rights and responsibilities. In addition, as an exchange student or employee they are required to comply with the codes and regulations obtaining in either their host institution or place of employment (voluntary or paid). Failure to comply with any of these codes constitutes of a breach of regulations and may result in disciplinary action being brought against them on the part of the host institution, employer, or the University of Nottingham.
Any conduct or action that brings the name of the University of Nottingham into disrepute, damages the reputation of the University, disrupts or interferes with academic, administrative or other activities of the University, whether on University premises or elsewhere, will be regarded as an act of misconduct under the University of Nottingham Code of Discipline for Students and may result in disciplinary proceedings being brought against them and dismissal from their degree.
Students are responsible for making themselves familiar with all codes, ordinances and regulations which affect them.
See University of Nottingham Code of Discipline for Students
Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained on this website is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes to partner institutions and year abroad regulations may occur in any given year.