Study abroad

Alumni Georgina White pictured in Canada on her study abroad year

You can gain valuable cross-cultural competencies by studying abroad as part of your degree.

Studying at an international institution gives you the opportunity to explore the world, acquire linguistic abilities and broaden your cultural horizons, in addition to building confidence and making new friends.

Living in another country will also demonstrate your independence and adaptability to future employers, particularly those recruiting law graduates with an international outlook.

If you study abroad for a year as part of your course, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see study abroad tuition fees and loans.

In preparation for spending time overseas, you may have the opportunity to take up a language with our Languages for All discovery modules and all students have access to the Language Zone.

Integrated study abroad degrees

We offer an integrated study abroad year within the following qualifying law degrees:

These four-year courses allow you to spend your third year overseas, studying different aspects of law at one of our partner universities. Some of our courses have specific institutions where you will study abroad; these are mentioned next to the relevant courses above.

If you study Law with either French, German or Hispanic Law your study abroad year will be an opportunity to further advance your legal knowledge whilst also enhancing your language skills — especially your grasp of legal terminology in a second language.

If you opt to study Law with either European or International Legal Studies, all teaching will be conducted in English, allowing you to further advance your knowledge of the European and International legal systems.

Optional study abroad

BA Criminal Justice and Criminology (International)

The BA in Criminal Justice and Criminology provides an option to study abroad for a year.

There are several options for a year abroad depending on your motivations:

  • International perspectives on your subject
    You can undertake a year abroad where you study modules from your subject in a specially selected partner institution either worldwide or in Europe with Erasmus. If you undertake an Erasmus year abroad you may be eligible for a grant to help with living costs.

  • Language and intercultural understanding
    The Horizon Exchange programme focuses on developing language learning and intercultural understanding. It’s academically rigorous but you’re not limited to taking modules in your subject area. Most modules are taught in English although you will also take beginners or intermediate level language classes relevant to your host country.

  • Working experience abroad
    If you would prefer to spend a year gaining work experience but would like to incorporate an international element, you could spend a year working abroad with Erasmus+

LLB transfer opportunities

Whilst our three-year LLB programme does not offer a study abroad year, students enrolled on LLB Law have the option to apply for transfer to LLB Law with International Legal Studies or LLB Law with European Legal Studies at the beginning of the second year.

If successful, you will spend your third year abroad — giving you the opportunity to develop transferable skills which can greatly enhance your employment prospects, particularly if you intend to work within the European and international sectors.

Alternative opportunities abroad

Short programmes and summer schools

Summer schools are a great way of experiencing the benefits of studying abroad for a shorter period of time. You could develop skills in a new language, whilst proving your independence and adaptability to future employers.

The Study Abroad office offers several subsidised summer school opportunities for students in addition to a number of non-subsidised options.

For more information, visit the summer schools short programmes website.