Studying abroad


"The nearest Britain has to a truly global university"

"Nottingham is the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain."
The Times Good University Guide 2012



Why study abroad?

Employers are increasingly placing value on overseas experience when looking for potential employees. To enhance the employability of its graduates and give them the invaluable experience of living and studying in a foreign country, The University of Nottingham has an extensive range of study abroad opportunities to offer its undergraduate students. 

  • Visit the International Office website to find out more about your study abroad options
  • Find out what's going on by visiting the Study Abroad Team on Facebook and following us on Twitter

Did you know?

1,374 University of Nottingham students studied abroad in 2012/13 and we have the highest number of students of any UK university studying abroad through the Erasmus scheme.


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Inter-campus exchange programme

If you are studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham which is also offered at one of our campuses in either China or Malaysia, you may have the opportunity to spend either a semester or year studying at one of these campuses. The Malaysia and China Campuses offer UK students the opportunity to live overseas while studying in an English language university and following a curriculum that follows similar pathways to Nottingham. 

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

The Malaysia Campus is situated near the town of Semenyih, a 45 minute drive from the capital Kuala Lumpur.

Visit The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus website


The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

The China Campus is situated in Ningbo - a city of over five million people situated on the East coast of China. Ningbo is just a one hour flight from Shanghai and two hours by air from Beijing.

Visit The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China website

Further information about inter-campus exchanges.


University-wide programme

The University-wide programme is a competitive programme that offers full time undergraduate students the opportunity to study at one of our 36 university-wide partner universities, including our Universitas 21 partners, for one semester or one academic year as part of their Nottingham degree programme. Applicants are required to have attained a 60% average to date in order to be considered.  

Universitas 21 (U21) is an international network of leading research-intensive universities, of which The University of Nottingham is a founding member. We also have an increasing number of international exchange agreements with a number of internationally-renowned universities on a university-wide basis.

We have U21/University-wide partner universities in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • New Zealand
  • Mexico
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • The Netherlands
  • USA

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Summer schools

Nottingham offers students the fantastic opportunity to experience living and studying in another country over the summer vacation, through our range of international summer school programmes. These programmes range from one to six weeks, so don’t involve extended time away from your degree, family or friends. They are also a great way to study something you wouldn’t normally have the chance to, explore a new country and make new friends. 

Summer schools also enable you to achieve the global perspective that many employers are now looking for. According to the Graduate Employability: The views of employers CIHE report 2008; “One third of employers viewed a graduate with any overseas study experience as more employable” and 65% of employers “viewed professional work experience overseas as very desirable”.

Available programmes vary from year to year but in the past students have been able to study abroad in:

  • China
  • Malaysia
  • Korea
  • France
  • Austria

Further information about summer schools. 

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The Erasmus programme  is a European-wide initiative based on subject-specific exchange agreements between Schools and Departments at Nottingham and academic counterparts at partner universities across Europe. Undergraduate students may have the opportunity to undertake a study placement and/or a work placement in another European country depending on their academic school/department.  

  • The University has 150 partners universities across Europe in 20 countries
  • Over 500 students take part in the programme each year

To date students who have taken part in the Erasmus programme have been eligible for an Erasmus grant.

Further information about the Erasmus programme


School exchange programme

The School Exchange programme offers a limited number of full-time undergraduate students the opportunity to study at a partner university in another country. These exchanges are based on a small number of School-specific exchange agreements and are coordinated by the relevant School/Department. School Exchanges are organised outside of the Erasmus and University-wide exchange programmes. These include the opportunity to study in:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Latin America
  • Russia
  • USA
School exchanges are offered by the following schools/departments: Spanish and Latin American Studies, Architecture and Built Environment, American and Canadian Studies, Biosciences, Business, Law, Pharmacy, Politics and Russian and Slavonic Studies.



Opportunities for postgraduates

There are a few opportunities for Masters and PhD students to study abroad. A small number of degrees offer the opportunity to take part in the Erasmus programme in Europe. Other postgraduate specific programmes include:

To find out more please enquire directly at your school. 


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