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Study, volunteer or work abroad

Most undergraduate courses, and a few masters courses, will recognise and support study or work abroad through the University's Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus programme.

"It was the best decision that I've ever made…you will have so many new experiences and make many new friends and memories that you will never forget!" – Ryan Luffingham, music, studied at SUNY New Paltz, USA (2012/13).

Why study abroad?

The decision to study abroad can be life changing – you'll get to travel, make friends from all over the world, learn a new language, improve your self-confidence and significantly improve your employability. Less than five per cent of UK students study abroad as part of their degree, so this kind of experience puts you among an elite group of enterprising students.

But isn't it expensive? Not at all:

  • Kingston students never pay tuition fees to the host university;
  • students who go abroad for a full year get a significant tuition fee reduction;
  • all students going abroad receive a bursary or grant; and
  • most of our destinations have a lower cost of living than Kingston.

Where can I study abroad?

Students can choose to study abroad in 36 countries spanning five continents.

As part of the Erasmus exchange programme, students studying at one of our 110+ partner universities across Europe receive a monthly grant (and most modules are taught in English).

Outside of Europe, students may choose from more than 30 universities in Australia, Barbados, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, Trinidad and the USA.

Where can I work in Europe?

If you secure a work placement in Europe and it is recognised by your faculty, you can apply for an Erasmus grant – this can be in addition to any salary offered by your employer. Depending on your course and faculty approval, your European work placement may be added to an international study exchange or be a stand-alone work placement during your third year.

Where can I find out more?

Read what our past students say about studying abroad.

If you're already studying at Kingston, find out more on My Kingston (go to My Support, then the International section).

Shorter-term overseas field trips and other opportunities may also be available on your course.

Contact us

European and Study Abroad Office
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3626
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Contact us

European and Study Abroad Office
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3626
Email us

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