Going global: opportunities for ARU students to study abroad*

Studying abroad is a life-changing experience that will broaden your horizons. You'll meet new people from all over the world, and develop skills that can improve your future employability.

Through ARU Global, we offer undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students at ARU the opportunity to study abroad for one trimester.

  1. Study in Europe through the Erasmus+ programme. You'll spend a trimester (or up to one year for PhD students) studying at a partner university; alternatively you can go on a work placement for one trimester (or year). The Erasmus+ programme will be available to students for 2021-22.
  2. Study in the USA or Canada with our international exchange programme. Undergraduate students can study at one of our partner universities in Canada and the USA for one trimester.
  3. Depending on your course you may also be able to study in other international destinations or with other universities through the ISEP programme.

You don't need to be fluent in another language to study abroad, as many of our partner universities teach in English. We also offer a number of ways to improve your language skills before or during your studies abroad.

Why study abroad?

Apart from the 'life-changing experience' part, there are plenty of other reasons why you might choose to study abroad with ARU Global.

Improve your employability

The Erasmus student exchange programme was established in 1987. Since then, research by the European Commission found that Erasmus alumni are:

  • half as likely to be long-term unemployed
  • significantly more likely to hold managerial positions ten years after graduation
  • likely to start their own company, with more entrepreneurs than the average for the total graduate population.

Improve your grades

Students who go abroad are more likely to do better at every key indicator in higher education, from grade attainment to employment. Universities UK International's 2017 report, Gone international, found that 'There are very few indicators of achievement quite as reliable.'

Grow in confidence

Spending time abroad builds confidence, as well as a number of other attributes, all of which will set you apart as you embark on your career:

  • intercultural awareness
  • language skills
  • tolerance
  • self-awareness
  • sociability
  • problem solving
  • decision making
  • adaptability
  • curiosity.

Make new friends

Students who go abroad build new, long-term social, academic and professional networks. You'll have a network of friends across the globe who you can continue to visit and learn from. It can also increase your international job prospects further down the line. Staying connected after your time abroad is easier than ever before.

* All study abroad opportunities for 2021-22 will be subject to ARU insurance and the COVID-19 situation.