Go Abroad

What are my options for going abroad?

If you want to go abroad during your studies at the University of Edinburgh, there are four main options available.

Options What does this involve? Is this funded?
Student exchanges

Study at an international or European institution.

Most exchanges are for a full academic year. 

Exchange students do not pay tuition fees at their host university and may also be eligible to have their Edinburgh fees waived.

Additional funding in the form of an Erasmus grant is available to participating students on exchange in Europe to assist with the extra costs of studying and working abroad.

Read more about Exchanges finances

Compulsory exchange (as part of your degree)

If your undergraduate degree includes a compulsory period of study abroad, you will usually spend some or all of your 3rd year abroad. Each course will offer options to study at our partner institutions overseas.

Yes. Despite current uncertainty caused by Brexit, the University has confirmed that all 2019-20 entrants whose degree programmes include a compulsory period of study in Europe will be guaranteed funding support for their time abroad.

For applicants from 2020 onwards, arrangements will depend on Brexit negotiations.

Summer programmes Summer programmes provide a short-term international experience, often at another University.

As these are administered by organisations outside of the University of Edinburgh, funding depends on whether the programme offers any. Often, however, these are not funded.

Read more about summer programme finance information

Work Abroad Training, volunteering or internship abroad – a placement for between two and twelve months that must be arranged by the applicant.

You can receive Erasmus funding to do a work placement of two to twelve months in Europe, with monthly grants worth 470€-520€  depending on destination.

Read more about finances for traineeships abroad


Future proof your skills with the INCiTE Summer School. Apply to INCiTE for your chance to attend a part-funded summer school in Suzhou, China.

The INCiTE Summer School programme fee is RMB 8650 (approx. £950). Go Abroad is able to subsidise the programme fee with a scholarship of £600 for all students accepted to the INCiTE Summer School, making the actual programme cost to the student £350.

Students are also encouraged to apply for the Go Abroad Fund.

NICE Project

The NICE Project offers an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and intercultural competence as part of a virtual team of students from around Europe, while earning University of Edinburgh credit.

Once the virtual element of the project is complete, you then attend a summer school at one of the partner institutions.

The summer school will be part-sponsored as attendees will have a travel stipend and a daily subsistence amount provided to them by the NICE project to allow for attendance.