The BU Study Exchange Programme is a fantastic opportunity to experience a new country and culture during your BU degree.
If you are interested in studying abroad for a semester at one of our selected partner universities during your second year of undergraduate study, our second call for applications is now open for you to apply. Applications must be submitted before 30 May 2021 and you can read more about the programme and available funding below.
If you wish to study abroad during your placement year, final year or at Master’s level, arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis. Speak to your Programme Leader or Global Engagement Lead/Study Abroad Academic Coordinator to discuss your options.
Opportunities at BU are available through:
- Erasmus+ exchanges – study at a partner university in Europe
- International exchanges – study at a partner university outside of Europe
As part of the application process you’ll need to tell us why this experience will benefit you and why you’d be a great ambassador for Bournemouth University. We will also need evidence of your current academic performance.
How to apply
To apply for a study exchange taking place during semester two of the 2021/2022 academic year, you will need to submit the following application form by midnight on 30 May 2021.
As this is a second call for applications, there are few things you need to be aware of before applying:
The second call for applications is open to fill the remaining availability during semester two of the 2021/22 academic year. Places at some of BU’s partner universities were allocated in the first call and unfortunately, there are no available places for the Faculty of Health and Social Science in the second call. To check the availability for your course, please view our updated list detailing the current partners on offer.
- There are some programmes that cannot undertake a study exchange during semester two of the academic year. These courses are not included in the application form. If you have any queries or questions about this, please get in contact with the team.
You can find more information about the study exchange programme on the study abroad webpage. Please note, this webpage contains a full list of study exchange destinations available at BU, some of which have been allocated in our first call for applications. Please check our updated list detailing the current partners on offer before submitting an application.
Funding is available for students undertaking study exchange in Europe (EEA)
If you are interested in studying at a European partner university, you will be eligible to receive Erasmus+ funding to support you during your study exchange. Find out more about the Erasmus+ programme on our Erasmus+ webpage. There is also further information below.
Thinking about volunteering, work experience or a placement abroad?
Erasmus+ funding is also available to support work experience, volunteering or a placement opportunities in European Economic Areas (EEA) between now and 31 May 2023. Find out more on our work overseas webpage.
Brexit and Erasmus+ funding
The UK has now left the EU, however BU has secured Erasmus+ funding until 2023 and therefore, exchanges and overseas placements or voluntary traineeships taking place within Europe can continue to be funded through the Erasmus+ scheme until 31 May 2023.
The UK Government has confirmed that the UK will not be part of the next Erasmus+ programme and is implementing its own national mobility scheme to support study and work overseas in Europe and also beyond. It’s anticipated that the new scheme, called the Turing Programme, will be available from September 2021 onwards. Further details about the new scheme will be shared as more information is received.
COVID-19 and travel implications in 2021/2022 academic year
The current global situation is uncertain and can change rapidly. Although BU expects 2021/2022 exchanges to go ahead as planned there could be sudden changes that can affect travel plans. Students applying to the programme will be supported and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis dependent on the situation closer to the start of the exchange and could include the option to study at the partner university remotely. Our students’ health and safety are BU’s utmost priority and therefore, the situation will be constantly reviewed to be able to guide and advise students accordingly.
The Global Engagement Mobility Team will be in regular contact with applicants and will communicate any possible changes to the programme and academic support will be given by your dedicated Study Abroad Academic Coordinator.
To find out more, come and meet the Global Engagement Mobility Team at our virtual drop-in sessions held every Monday and Wednesday during term-time between 1-5pm via MS Teams. Either search ''BU Study and Work Overseas Drop in'' in MS Teams or use this link to access the sessions in MS Teams. Alternatively you can email the team.