Global Opportunities

Student life

Student life at your host institution

 Every country and partner institution is different, so we encourage you to ask our International Exchange Programme Manager for advice on what life is like at your host university and what student support your host institution will provide.

Making friends

While the idea of making friends might seem daunting at first, you should quickly feel at home in your host university.

If you receive an offer to study abroad, we will introduce you to Queen Mary students who have already studied at your chosen destination, as well as students who are studying at Queen Mary on exchange from that institution: they can give you valuable insights in to what life is like there as a student and perhaps help you make some connections before you go.

It’s also a good idea to look at your host university’s webpages for more information: look at their social media to see whether they have any exchange student Facebook groups, for instance.

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) (open to all students)

As an exchange student you also have the international support of the ESN. The student-run Network helps its members feel at home academically and socially in their host countries through a wide range of cultural and social events that help you make friends from all over the globe. The ESN provides a Student Guidebook and you can find out more about the Network at:

The Erasmus Student Network at Queen Mary is a QMSU society and open to all students interested in or participating on any type of exchange. If you wish to join Queen Mary's ESN chapter, you can contact the team via Facebook or email:

Campus life

You will also be able to use all of your host university’s available welfare and sporting/social facilities on the same basis as any other fully enrolled student at your host institution.

Find out more about your host country

If you want to find out more about your chosen country, you can visit the Destinations section of the Global Graduates site.