Participating in an international study programme can be a significant and memorable experience that can help shape a student's future. The programmes provide the opportunity to experience different cultures and lifestyles, and increase independence and adaptability. According to Universities UK International 2019, students who study abroad are more likely to get a first in their degree, are less likely to be unemployed, and more likely to be in a graduate job than their non-mobile peers. They are also likely to earn on average seven per cent more than the average earnings six months after graduating.
The University of Lincoln has a growing portfolio of worldwide partners for a number of our degree programmes. Students can opt to study in Europe via the Erasmus+ programme or they can choose to study further afield, with partner universities in countries including Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, and the USA.
The Erasmus+ student exchange programme enables students to study or undertake a work placement for between two and 12 months in one of 32 European countries as part of their degree course. Those studying at another European university are entitled to receive an Erasmus grant which is currently funded by the EU.
Please check with either your School administration office or the Global Opportunities team if you are unsure whether your degree is eligible for study exchange. You do not need to be fluent in another language to participate as most courses are taught in English. Of course, learning another language can be another skill you can add to your CV and we can signpost you to a variety of language learning opportunities to help you make the most of your time abroad. Erasmus+ also offers online linguistic support throughout your study or work placement.
Brexit Update: The University has access to the Erasmus+ funding until 2022, so you can still apply for Erasmus+ exchange programmes and participate. Further information on Erasmus+ and Turing can be found here: Erasmus+ and Turning FAQ's.
The University of Lincoln has been awarded an Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) by the European Commission for the period 2014-2020. The Erasmus Charter provides the general quality framework for European and international cooperation activities a higher education institution (HEI) may carry out within the Erasmus+ Programme. Students can view or download the Erasmus+ Charter (PDF).
For many years student and staff exchange opportunities under the Erasmus scheme have provided an important and a growing part of the international offering at the University of Lincoln. The University Erasmus+ Policy sets out the University of Lincoln's strategy in relation to the Charter. Students can view and download the Erasmus+ Policy Statement (PDF).
For students who would like to participate in a study exchange outside of Europe, the University of Lincoln has a growing number of partners worldwide, including in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China and Japan. To study abroad as an outbound student you must study in a school or on a programme which has a link with an international partner institution. Participating students must be registered at the University as an undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral student and have successfully completed their first year of undergraduate study. Students need to have a sufficient academic and linguistic ability (where applicable) to be able to benefit from a study period abroad. They also need to be nominated by their school to take part in the scheme.
Students who are interested in Study Abroad programmes should speak to their Exchange Co-ordinator or contact the Global Opportunities team to enquire about the application process.