Study Abroad Opportunities

Erasmus & Exchange

Our students have two opportunities to study abroad: the overseas programme or the Europe Erasmus+ programme. These programmes run with the support of the British Council, a National Agency, and with the European Commission.

Buckinghamshire New University was awarded the Erasmus Charter for the new Erasmus+ programme which officially started in January 2014 and will be running to 2020.

View the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (2014-2020).

There are two different programmes; one offering a semester in partner countries, and other offering an exchange with a European partner.

There are many reasons why study aboard can be beneficial, for example:

  • Adding an international dimension to your CV.
  • Increasing your cultural awareness.
  • Gaining an international network of friends.
  • Improving your language skills.
  • Experience life in a different country.
  • Growing as an individual by mastering new challenges.
  • Standing out from the crowd.

Programmes and courses are open to qualified students nominated by the university as exchange students.

Students should complete an application form, as follows:-

Information for Home, Outbound Students documents:

  1. Study Abroad Registration Form
  2. Learning Agreement Form
  3. Student Mobility Contract
  4. Payment Details
  5. Erasmus Student Charter
  6. Certificate of Attendance
  7. Checklist of docs for Erasmus Student Mobility
  8. Full-time study grants

Information for Inbound, International Students:

  1. Student Enquiries Guide for Inbound Erasmus Students
  2. Accommodation Form
  3. Erasmus + Learning Agreement Studies Form

Exchange students pay tuition fees at their home university.
Accommodation fees are paid to Buckinghamshire New University, unless otherwise stated.
All student exchanges are to be coordinated through the Erasmus and Exchange office at Buckinghamshire New University erasmusinfo@bucks.ac.uk.

Please note that all nominations must be submitted by:

31st May 2019

For students commencing their exchange in the autumn semester 2019.

28th September 2019

For students commencing their exchange in the spring semester 2020.

Applications should be submitted by:

30th June 2019

For students commencing their exchange in the autumn semester 2019.

31st October 2019

For students commencing their exchange in the spring semester 2020.

Please note, the nomination and application deadlines cannot be extended.

Buckinghamshire New University has partner universities around the world.

Please note that not all agreements include student exchange.

If you are interested in coming on exchange to Buckinghamshire New University you first need to contact your home university and check if they have an agreement with us for student exchange.

Explore a comprehensive list of our Study Abroad Opportunities.

At Buckinghamshire New University you will study together with students from many countries. Therefore, in most cases, English will be the language of instruction. It is important that your language proficiency level in English is at the required level.

The level of English you will need in order to follow the teaching is described underneath. It is based on the self-assessment grid within the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference, CEFR, level B2.

For self-assessment of your English language level please follow this link:

http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/resources/european-language-levels-cefr

Staff Exchange

Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. Many of the initiatives are based on opportunities for students and recent graduates, but funding is also available to help lecturers and non-academic staff develop their skills in universities, colleges and adult education environments around Europe – through job shadowing, teaching and training activities.

It’s not only a great way to pick up new ideas and practices from a different education system, but it gives you the chance to build a relationship with that institution. Whether it’s two days or two months, Erasmus+ can help provide funding for the trip by contributing towards the cost of your travel and expenses.

For more information please contact erasmusinfo@bucks.ac.uk

What we expect from an exchange institution:


Added value expected from the mobility/expected results for the host institution

  1. We would expect to learn best practices from your institutions with a particular emphasis on teaching strategies using technology and assessment regimes.
  2. We would also like to learn how workload is allocated and managed among academics.
  3. Ideally you could also guest lecture for various modules.

Expected outcomes and impact from the host institution

  1. A closer working relationship between Bucks and your institution.
  2. New ideas to improve teaching and resourcing.

Staff Mobility for Teaching Mobility Agreement

Staff Mobility for Training Mobility Agreement

Erasmus Agreement Approval Form

Erasmus Form 16 - Confirmation of Attendance Staff Mobility

Erasmus Grant Agreement Staff Mobility for Teaching Staff

Erasmus Form 6 - Erasmus Staff Mobility Report

Erasmus and Staff Training Mobility - How To Apply

Erasmus Teaching and Training Guidance Notes

Erasmus and Staff Training Mobility Guidance Notes

Things I learnt on my Erasmus+ experience at Bucks New University

Agnieszka Lukaszczyk (Poland)Agnieszka in London

"The most important thing I learnt when I was at Bucks New University was the importance of having time we can dedicate to what we are interested in, outside the field of our study. Engaging myself in things I love doing (e.g. singing, dancing) helped with keeping my mind refreshed and prevented me from getting too much stress. Moreover, I met a lot of amazing people during the activities I chose.

I also learnt how to responsibly manage my finances. The difference between the currency of my country (Polish Złoty) and British currency is significant. That said it took an effort to first get used to the difference itself and then to manage my expenses properly. Thanks to that I am now much more careful about my spending which is helpful not only during the Erasmus + exchange but in my everyday life.

Last but not least, I learnt that wherever you go, you will meet amazing and helpful people who will teach you a lot but who will learn a lot from you as well. I was very lucky to have a chance to spend my semester at Bucks New University, and therefore meet people from all over the world who literally changed my life for the better."


Margherita Fumagalli (Italy)Margherita with other students in Dover.

“One of the main things I learnt during my Erasmus experience is how to be more organised. It was the first time that I left my parents’ house, and I learnt how to manage time, money and space. I also learned how to approach people from other cultures. Sometimes it was hard because we are different and avoiding misunderstandings was not always very easy, but we handled it and we tried to understand each other.

To conclude, another thing that I got from my Erasmus, is a new home. Even if it was only for four months, I had the opportunity to feel at home in another country, with a different culture and traditions, and I felt part of it. I have also brought home with me a bit of my friends’ cultures. I think that is amazing, one of the best thing you can get in your life.

Thank you so much for the best experience of my life so far. Your help was great, I've never felt lonely.”


Samantha  Steentjes (Netherlands)Samantha Steentjes

"I learnt to be more social by joining the rugby and the football team. Thanks to them I have experiences I will never forget. I also learnt to overcome my fear about speaking another language constantly; thank to the Erasmus programme I improved my English skills. Thank to the Erasmus programme I made friends from all over the world: Russia, Germany, Italy, the UK and Czech Republic."


Lisa Kellerer (Germany)Lisa with students in London.

"During my Erasmus+ experience, I learnt how to interact with students from different countries and how interesting this can be. I've also discovered that university means more than studying; there is also a relation to the lecturers and activities organised by students to meet others. I also knew more about the differences between universities in different countries."


Other Opportunities

What is ACU

The ACU offers 20 grants of up to £2,000 each for undergraduate students at UK universities to attend summer schools at selected ACU member universities across the Commonwealth yearly.  Read on to find out how your university can nominate a student for this opportunity.

How to participate

International Offices at ACU member universities in the UK need to:

  1. Advertise the ACU Global Summer School Grants to students and ask them to submit this completed application form to the International Office
  2. Conduct an internal selection process using this suggested grading criteria
  3. Nominate either one or two candidates to the ACU by Friday 8 March 2019 using this online form.

The ACU will then carry out the final selection process to select the 20 recipients. Successful candidates will be required to register for one of the eligible summer schools and arrange their own travel.

More information

Full details – including eligibility criteria and a list of summer schools that students can elect to attend – are available on the ACU website.

Student stories

After her enriching academic and personal experience, BA Performing Arts: Film, TV, and Stage student Emma-Louise, intends to move to Canada and pursue her career interests. Read her story.

All registered students (undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD) of Buckinghamshire New University have the right to participate in Erasmus Traineeship programme. Students who have completed the last year of their studies are eligible to participate in the programme from the date of their graduation until 12 months. Priority is given to students who have not participated in the Erasmus Traineeship programme.

Academic Year 2019-20

Students
Students who wish to participate in the Erasmus Traineeship program during summer, can start their Erasmus placement after the end of their exams in June 2019 and complete the placement until 30th September 2019. The minimum duration of the placement is two months.

Graduates
Graduates of September 2019 can complete their Erasmus Placement from January 2020 until 30th May 2020. The minimum duration of the Erasmus Placement is two months.

Host Organisations
The Erasmus Placement could be occurred in European Countries that are participating in the Program, in organisations, companies, research centres, Universities and other organisations except from European Union members or Embassies of the students’ country.

Students have the right to have an Erasmus Placement in the following Countries: Austria , Belgium , Bulgaria , France , Germany , Denmark , Greece , Estonia , United Kingdom , Ireland , Spain , Italy , Croatia , Latvia , Lithuania , Luxembourg , Malta , Netherlands , Poland , Portugal , Romania , Slovakia , Slovenia , Sweden , Czech Republic , Finland, Iceland , Liechtenstein , Norway , Turkey

Aims of the programme
The mobility of the students and graduates for Erasmus Placement aims to:

  • Help the students and graduates to learn and enrich their knowledge concerning the labour market in the Countries of European Union
  • Give them the chance and the opportunity to enhance specific language knowledge and gain professional experience
  • Contribute the development of a team whose members will have open mind and international experience.

If you are interested in finding host organisations for Erasmus placements please visit the following webpages:

You can communicate through email with Universities, Companies or research centres.

Erasmus+ Grant
Every student/graduate who has been accepted for participating in the Erasmus Program, will get a grant from the Erasmus Program. The amount depends from the duration of the placement and the Host Country. The grant covers the most expenses of subsistence and travelling.

Participation in the programme
The students who are interested in participating in Erasmus Traineeship programme should send an email to erasmusinfo@bucks.ac.uk. Download the registration form.

Students who are interested for placement during summer 2019 have to submit their application form until 31st March 2019.

Graduates of academic year 2018-2019 who intend to start their placement in 2019 should contact erasmsuinfo@bucks.ac.uk

Graduate of academic year 2019/2020 who intend to start their placement in 2020 should submit their application by February 2020.

The Erasmus+ Traineeship enables recent graduates to undertake a work placement in one of 32 countries.

Find out more about this opportunity on the British Council's Erasmus+ Traineeship page.

Useful documents
  1. Traineeship Registration Form
  2. Learning Agreement – Traineeship Guidelines
  3. Learning Agreement – Traineeship application
  4. After The Mobility Traineeship Certificate Erasmus+ 2019/2020