First things first
Firstly, we encourage you to speak to your Link Tutor as they will be able to tell you if you are eligible for opportunities abroad, and what they are. Often, your Link Tutors will have contacts at our partners, and may be able to advise you on where would be best suited for your current studies and interests.
Please be aware that you will be required to provide paperwork and information for both us, and your host institution. The process will inevitably vary from country to country, and institution to institution – so it is imperative that you pay close attention to what they require, as well as what we require. It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit all the required documents on time without missing any deadlines.
There are two main stages to the process of study abroad – nomination stage and application stage. To be considered for your time abroad, you must undergo both steps:
Usually, at the nomination stage, we will send your general information to the partner – name, course of study, year of study etc. – although certain partners may ask for more in depth information at this point. The partner will provide us with their response based on the information we send them, and this is either a rejection, or a provisional acceptance. If the partner rejects you based on the nomination, you will not be invited to send through an application.
If you are provisionally accepted, you will be asked to send an application with any further details they require. At this point, the partner is still entitled to reject you. You could be rejected for numerous reasons such as there not being room on your chosen course or the modules not matching your previous education. If you are accepted, the institution will provide you with an acceptance letter and further information on the next steps you need to take!
It is also important to note that some of our host countries will require you to provide evidence that you are able to support yourself financially throughout your stay. Once you have completed this stage, they will send you a document you need when applying for a visa.
If you have a disability you will need to discuss your support requirements and funding of support, prior to confirming arrangements relating to travel, accommodation , employment or study. You need to be aware that not all EU or international countries have equivalent legislation to our Equality Act so there may not be the same protection or support for disabled people. Irrespective of the Equality Act here in England, it is the legislation within your host country which will apply.
To discuss any support requirements and funding please contact Disability & Learner Support.
It is equally important that you notify the host institution of any disabilities and more importantly your support requirements at the nomination stage, so you can be assured that the necessary support will be available to you upon arrival in your chosen country.