Study and work abroad

As a University of Surrey student you have the opportunity to study and work abroad as part of your degree. 

Virtual Study Abroad Fair

Wednesday 25 November, 2-4pm

Study Exchange is an exciting opportunity and adventure, so come and discover more about where you could study abroad during your degree. Learn about the partner universities you can do an exchange with, whilst taking part in live sessions with students who have been on exchange and students who are from these universities. Have some questions ready!

You can also attend a session on summer programmes and discover the exciting opportunities available to you with the likelihood of a grant.

Self-enrolment for the Virtual Study Abroad Fair platform on SurreyLearn will be available from Monday 23 November. The link will be available on this page.

What our students say

Students share their experiences of going on an international exchange to Hong Kong.


Taking part in an exchange gives you the opportunity to travel and live in another country, whilst earning credits that will contribute to your Surrey degree. Check out the student experiences from previous study or work abroad students.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV, providing you with a new network of friends, intercultural competences, possibly a new language and so much more. Research shows that students who have gone abroad as part of their degree are more likely to be in a graduate job, more likely to gain a first-class degree and less likely to be unemployed on graduation. Read a report from the European Commission to find out more.

Choose a destination

Before deciding where you want to apply, you’ll need to consider a range of factors including study options, finances, the type of environment you will be living in and the extracurricular activities on offer. Even if you’re a seasoned traveller and have visited the country before, it’s worth doing some thorough research before making your final decision. The first step is to use the search tool and check the options for your programme.

Some of the exchange agreements are subject specific, please use the online search tool to find out where you can study abroad, before completing the online application.

For further information about study abroad, please turn to page 15 of our support and opportunities at Surrey guide (PDF). 

When study exchanges take place

Study exchange can take place either in the second year for one semester or the full year or as an alternative to a work placement in the Professional Training placement year, depending on your degree course.

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