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.
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:
- Study Abroad Registration Form
- Learning Agreement Form
- Student Mobility Contract
- Payment Details
- Erasmus Student Charter
- Certificate of Attendance
- Checklist of docs for Erasmus Student Mobility
- Full-time study grants
Information for Inbound, International Students:
- Student Enquiries Guide for Inbound Erasmus Students
- Accommodation Form
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that all nominations must be submitted by:
For students commencing their exchange in the autumn semester.
For students commencing their exchange in the spring semester.
Applications should be submitted by:
For students commencing their exchange in the autumn semester.
For students commencing their exchange in the spring semester.
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.
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:
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 email@example.com
What we expect from an exchange institution:
Added value expected from the mobility/expected results for the host institution
- We would expect to learn best practices from your institutions with a particular emphasis on teaching strategies using technology and assessment regimes.
- We would also like to learn how workload is allocated and managed among academics.
- Ideally you could also guest lecture for various modules.
Expected outcomes and impact from the host institution
- A closer working relationship between Bucks and your institution.
- New ideas to improve teaching and resourcing.
Things I learnt on my Erasmus+ experience at Bucks New University
Agnieszka Lukaszczyk (Poland)
"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)
“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)
"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)
"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."
Thea Baumgartner (Germany)
"During my Erasmus+ semester I became more independent and I could learn a lot about the cultures of the other Erasmus+ students. Moreover, it was very interesting to have lectures and write Assignments in a foreign language, which helped a lot to improve my English! I am very thankful for this opportunity!"
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is offering 17 grants of up to £2,000 each for Undergraduate students from ACU member universities in the UK to attend summer schools overseas during summer 2020.
The summer schools
The grants are tenable at summer schools at ACU member universities overseas. Applicants will be asked to identify a first and second choice of summer school on the application form. The host institutions include universities in Canada, India, South Africa and a number of other countries. The full list of hosts is available on the ACU website.
The list of host universities students can apply for grants to study at includes The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), whose Summer School begins at the end of June. The ACU will be reviewing travel advice to students who have been awarded a Global Grant by the end of April, to consider the security situation in Hong Kong and the progression of the coronavirus outbreak at that time. If necessary, students will have the option to register for a summer school in another country. UK universities are free to advise their students to not select CUHK when they submit a grant application.
Grants are available to students who meet both of the following criteria:
- Registered as a current undergraduate student
- A UK citizen, or with UK refugee status
In addition, students must also meet at least one of the following criteria:
- From a family with a combined annual parental income of under £25,000, or
- The first person in their family to go to university, or
- A care leaver
How to participate
1) Please complete the attached form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 21 February 2020.
2) We will then conduct an internal selection process using this suggested marking criteria. The university will check eligibility for the grants using Widening Participation data held by the institution or, if this is not possible, can students please self-identify.
3) Nominate up to two candidates to the ACU by Wednesday 4 March using this online form.
The ACU will then carry out the final selection process to select the 17 recipients. Successful candidates will then be required to register for one of the eligible summer schools and arrange their own travel.
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.
Lucy Vu – BA (Hons) Product Design student
ACU Global Summer School Scholarship
"This summer I was incredibly lucky to be allocated an ACU Global Summer School grant to do a 3D printing course at Nanyang Technological University at Singapore. Being that I have never travelled alone before, even though I was quite nervous about flying, I was excited at the thought of studying and life experiencing abroad made it worthwhile.
I am very glad that I took this international opportunity during my time at university, not only was I able to taste cheap and extremely delicious food, but I also met and got to know lots of students from around the world. As a product design student I think it is very important to always think creatively and my experience of travelling to Singapore this summer has definitely broadened my mind and helped me step out of my comfort zone."
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
European Summer Schools
Have you considered a European Summer School provided by our partners? You can earn ETCs credits for your participation. Please complete the Summer School Registration Form and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more under What's on offer 2020 below.
Greetings from the University of Pécs!
We are excited to announce a scholarship opportunity for higher education students, graduates and professionals who are interested in the cultural heritage of Hungary. With the help of a scholarship offered by Tempus Public Foundation, higher education students, graduates and professionals can attend ‘The Cultural Heritage of Hungary’ summer course, held at the University of Pécs.
Date: 5 - 19 July 2020, free of charge
The objective of the very enjoyable summer program is to introduce the Hungarian cultural heritage from many different perspectives. Participants learn about the history and the current political, economic and societal challenges of Hungary. They will also gain insight into the Hungarian classical and folk music, the gastronomy and the wine culture of the country. The language of instruction is English.
The scholarship covers full tuition, field trips, meals, accommodation and various social activities for the duration of the program (visit to Orfű Aquapark, wine-tasting, Quiz Night etc).
Who can apply?
- Higher education students, graduates and professionals
- Applications may be submitted in two ways:
- As a nominee of the sending country’s national scholarship organisation, based on the bilateral agreement of the two countries, independently from the applicant’s nationality: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Japan, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine.
- Independently from the sending country’s national scholarship organisation, without being nominated through a bilateral agreement, the citizens of the following countries may apply: Albania, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korean Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA.
The application deadline is 12 March 2020