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Study abroad with QMUL


Studying or travelling abroad during your degree is an enriching and exciting way to broaden your university and life experience – and exploring the world is second nature to geographers and environmental scientists. We like our students to develop a global perspective and each year they travel as far afield as America, Asia, Australasia and Europe.

Are you a current QMUL student looking to study overseas?

QMUL has a range of opportunities for you to study abroad and having an international experience enhances your employability, enriches your studies and broadens your horizons. You can choose to study abroad as part of your degree programme or take part in one of our cultural immersion programmes in the summer with one of our global partners.

To find out more and apply, please see the programme links listed below, go along to the Go Abroad Fair, or contact the School of Geography's Study Abroad Co-ordinator, Dr Regan Koch in the first instanceFor general enquiries, please contact the Global Opportunities team


International Exchange Programme

  • Join one of QMUL’s partner institutions and study abroad for one or two semesters in your second year.
  • Current locations include Australia, China, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States.
  • Open to students with a minimum entry of BBB (300 tariff points).
  • This exchange counts towards your degree. 
  • You pay your fees to QMUL while abroad (with discounts varying depending on your fee status) but you do not pay tuition fees at the host university.
Everyone I met was super friendly, kind and open. I joined the excursion club, a surf team, the water polo team, and even an intra-mural soccer team, and I was able to visit places such as Las Vegas, Death Valley, Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco, Yosemite and Big Sur. 
Eleanor Dixon-Brandt (Geography BA 2017) spent a year in the USA, at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Erasmus+ Exchange Programme

  • Join this European Union scheme and study abroad for one or two semesters.
  • Current locations for geography students are Roskilde University in Denmark and Stockholm University in Sweden.
  • This placement counts towards your degree.
  • Non-repayable Erasmus+ grants are available to ALL students (home/EU and overseas). The amount depends on destination country and activity (for Europe: €280-430 per month in 2017-18).
  • Top-up grants available for home/EU students from disadvantaged backgrounds* (€20-100 per month in 2017-18). Additional grants are available for students with special needs. 
    *students from households with annual income of £25,000 or less 
The best thing was living with other Erasmus students. I’d highly recommend the study abroad experience to anyone as I think it will challenge you and make you a stronger person as a result!
Lauren D'Costa (Geography BSc 2017) spent a semester in Denmark at Roskilde University

Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM) Programme

  • Looking to gain international academic experience and to give your CV a competitive edge while benefitting from funding?
  • This is a fantastic, life-changing opportunity to boost your employability and personalise your degree with niche international experience by studying at O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) – the School of Geography’s partner institution in India.
  • Students on the Geography BA (L700) and Human Geography BA (L720) programmes are eligible for this exchange in the first semester of their second year.
  • The partnership allows you to take modules at either Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities (JSLH) or Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) at JGU.
  • The Erasmus+ ICM grant provides individual support funding of €650 per month to contribute towards your living costs, as well as a one-off €820 travel grant to contribute towards your return airfare.
  • The Erasmus+ ICM Programme is committed to widening participation and increasing the number of mobile students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Three funded places are available in 2018-19.
  • Apply directly with the School of Geography's Study Abroad Co-ordinator, Dr Regan Koch.

Partner Summer School Programme 

  • Make the most of your summer break and experience a different culture and society overseas.
  • Current locations include China, India and Latin America.
  • This placement does not count towards your degree but is a valuable cultural experience.
  • Fees vary from zero up to approximately £500-650.
Classes were fun and it was enjoyable being taught in Spanish and English and having the choice to talk to the lecturers in either language. I’ve been trying to practice Spanish since returning and will continue to do so.
Tanzina Khatun (Geography BA 2017) spent three weeks in Colombia at the Universidad de Antioquia

Are you an incoming student spending a semester or year at QMUL?

The Arrivals Guide for Associate Students is essential for you. It also contains a detailed orientation schedule  download it below. A printed copy will be handed to you at orientation. See the Study Abroad Arrival and Welcome website for further details.

To find out about choosing modules and how studying abroad works for your degree programme, contact the School of Geography's Study Abroad Co-ordinator, Dr Regan Koch.


Are you a student considering QMUL as your study abroad destination?

Visit the International Exchange Programme pages and download the Study Abroad Guide below, or take a look at our brand new Global Cities Summer School Programme

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