Global Opportunities

Why go abroad?

Our studying abroad and cultural immersion programmes enable you to spend part of your degree studying at a prestigious international university.

There are very few times in your life when you will have the same opportunity to live and study in a different culture, without job pressures or other responsibilities. Experiencing life in another country while you are a student is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Discover who you really are

One of the greatest benefits of spending part of the year in another country is the chance it gives you to find more about our about yourself: Queen Mary students who have gone abroad tell us that it has done wonders for their confidence. They discover that they can adapt to new environments and cultures, communicate with many different kinds of people, make a success of managing life and study abroad – and really enjoy their independence. You’ll learn as much about yourself as you will about another culture.

Broaden your intellectual horizons

You will experience different environments and learn more about another culture’s approach to different aspects of work or study (and possibly education itself). You may find that you have modules open to you that you wouldn’t be able to study in the UK, giving you a unique edge to your UK degree. You’ll gain a wider range of perspectives than the average student and bring that greater knowledge back to your studies and your professional career.


International experience enables you to stand out in a crowded employment market. Students with international experience can demonstrate that they are willing to learn, can problem-solve, act on their own initiative and work very well in diverse teams.

In addition to the soft skills you acquire abroad, your time overseas also demonstrates to potential employers that you can understand other perspectives, adapt to changing environments and think beyond your own immediate experience.

Many of our students find that they also develop a network of valuable international contacts.

Going abroad can be a valuable investment that will bring you a lifetime of personal and professional rewards.

Learn a language

Learning another language allows you to immerse yourself in your host culture, getting to know people in their own language. It helps you to integrate better in to your new society and gain valuable alternate perspectives. Queen Mary can help you to learn a new language before you study abroad – or improve your existing skills.

The majority of our partner universities teach their courses in English as well as in their native language, so you don’t need to know another language to study abroad – but you will probably get far more out of your exchange if you do.

Get some financial support

Some people are discouraged from studying abroad because they think it will be unaffordable. At Queen Mary, we want all of our students to have the same opportunities, so have gathered together information on the financial help available to students who would otherwise be unable to study abroad. Find out more [here]

Have an amazing time

Above all, studying abroad will take you to places and to meet people you will never forget. You will gain so much more than just an entry on a CV. These experiences will shape you – and stay with you for the rest of your life.

We’re with you all the way

We will prepare you thoroughly for your global academic adventure, so you can relax and enjoy your time overseas, knowing we’re with you all the way.

UCAS has a useful page on what to consider when studying abroad here.

It’s not an opportunity you’re going to get ever again. You won’t get an opportunity to spend four months or a year in a place where you’re not having to work [long-term]. You’re at university so it’s a lot more chilled out. You’ve got time to explore. Rather than having the commitment of a [permanent] job at 9am and leaving at 6pm. You’ll instantly regret it if you don’t do
— Murray Glynn, BA Politics and Business, Studied Abroad at University of Hong Kong, autumn 2016