Why Study Abroad

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There are many benefits to studying abroad.

Tools and Video resources are available at the bottom of this article for use with individuals or groups.

People from the UK have frequently travelled abroad to study.

People such as:

JK Rowling gained part of her literary degree in France, where she was awarded the Legion d’Honneur

Emma Watson (Harry Potter) bachelor’s degree in English literature from the prestigious Brown University in Rhode Island, USA.

Diana, Princess of Wales received a top-of-the class education in Switzerland where she attended Institut Alpin Videmanette.

You are not alone studying abroad.  20,064 UK students are spending time abroad for a period over three months and includes students outside the Erasmus countries.

Using data from Erasmus and data collected from 135 UK institutions, Joan Anton Carbonell produces an annual survey of outward mobility from the UK  (The latest report in Nov 2014 runs from 2007-8 to 2012-13).  These figures show the latest total of 20,064 UK students spending time abroad for a period over three months and includes students outside the Erasmus countries.

Two new reports show students who partake in the European Commission’s principal exchange project – the Erasmus+ program – say they are more prepared for work than those who did not complete the program.

Based on feedback from nearly 77,000 students and staff and more than 500 organisations, the studies found that enrolling on the Erasmus+ program helped students find desired careers and get jobs quickly, and the program supports digital transformation and social inclusion.    Link to the report   Link to a news article


Many top ranked European universities are offering degree courses taught entirely in English – with zero or minimal tuition fees.

Benefits of studying abroad.

  • Travel experience
  • Making new friends / building confidence
  • Experience a different culture
  • More independence
  • Employers like international experience.

Guidance Issues and questions the interviewer can ask.

Where to study – issues to consider

  • Where to study will be influenced by the course you want.
  • What language is the course taught in?
  • Length of course
  • Entry requirements
  • Style of teaching and learning
  • Application process
  • Costs and fees

Other factors

  • Location – distance and travel time from your home location. How often do you want to go home?
  • Do you easily make friends?
  • Are you self sufficient?
  • Have you any health or other issues which require additional support or costs?

Watch the video as students talk about their experiences.

The cost of studying in the EU.

Cost is an important factor for many people and the VENTURE website is an invaluable resource for advisers and potential students.


Institutions can purchase a one-year licence for Venture but there is a one month subscription offer for individuals. More details on the Venture-uk website.

Most EU countries encourage people from the UK to study in their country. Also check the country government website for more information.

Go to Working Abroad


Access the video gallery from the EUROGUIDANCE NETWORK Linking Lifelong Guidance and International Mobility Across Europe

These TOOLS are for the people who are interested in exploring different aspects of mobility and trying out various tests to find out where they have their strong and weak points in relation to embarking on a mobility period.

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