School of Economics and Finance

Semester Abroad

You can go abroad for a semester with the Erasmus+ or the International Exchange Programme.

Erasmus+ Programme

Erasmus+ is the EU flagship exchange programme, allowing every year thousands of students to study at universities in the EU member states.

As one of our students, you can spend the first semester of your 3rd year of study attending classes at some of the top institutions in Europe, like Bocconi University in Milan, the University of Copenhagen and the University of Zurich.

I've always been interested in travel so when I saw the opportunity to study and live in another country as part of my degree I was very excited. Studying abroad is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It wasn't all easy but the friends I made from Italy and all over the world, the new cuisines I've tried, the Italian I've learned and the teaching I've received made the experience enjoyable
— Paul Henderson (Erasmus exchange student at Bocconi University), BSc Economics

International Exchange Programme

The International Exchange Programme gives you the opportunity to spend the first semester of your 2nd year of study attending classes in a university overseas. We have a long list of partners you can apply to, including Shanghai University for Finance and Economics, the University of Melbourne, the University of Toronto, UCLA, Columbia University and Hunter College.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the benefits of studying abroad?

The benefits of participating in an exchange programme are countless and will stay with you for all your life. Here are just some examples of what an experience abroad can bring you:

  • Improved academic performance, motivation and self-confidence;
  • Enhanced employability;
  • Stronger multicultural awareness and open-mindedness;
  • Language skills;
  • Interpersonal and intercultural skills.

What’s the financial impact?

When you study abroad, you will continue to pay tuition fees to Queen Mary but not to your host university. Accommodation and extra costs (such as visas) will be at your expense, but both programmes offer financial assistance to help you cover part of the exchange cost. Selected students will be notified of the grants available.

Can I go abroad for longer than a semester?

If you’re not enrolled on a "with a year abroad" degree programme you can’t spend more than one semester abroad. If you decide to add another year to your degree and spend the whole third year abroad, you can swap degree course at any time during your first year of study.