Erasmus and Study Abroad Programmes

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As an undergraduate economics student you will have the exciting opportunity to extend your studies and acquire new language skills by spending a year abroad in either; Belgium, France, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Canada or the United States of America.

How does the ERASMUS/Study Abroad Programme work?
Eligibility, Costs and Funding
To gain the degree ‘With a Year in Europe’ (ERASMUS programme)
To gain the degree ‘With a Year Abroad’ (Study Abroad programme)
What are the benefits?
What do students have to say about it?

How does the ERASMUS/Study Abroad Programme work?

You will complete the first two years of studies at the University of Leicester then you will be able to spend your third abroad studying at a university that has a  student exchange agreement with the University. You will then return to Leicester to complete the final year of your degree.

Although the year you spend abroad year will not count towards your final degree classification it will (upon successful completion of your year abroad) change the title of your degree to ‘BA/BSc with a Year in Europe’ depending on the selected programme.

Any modules you undertake will need to be formally approved. Modules can be selected from areas of study that are broadly related to your current degree course, for example: Economics; Business Studies; Finance; Management; Computing; Statistics; Economic History; Law; European Studies; Politics; and Languages.

The fee for a year abroad is £1,250, rather than £9,000.

For further information relating to opportunities for studying abroad, costs involved and visas please visit the International office website

Eligibility, Costs and Funding

All Economics undergraduate students can apply unless they are studying BA/BSc Economics and Accounting.  Those taking joint degrees however, should contact their lead department.

You are also unable to complete a ERASMUS/Study Abroad year if you have chosen to complete the Year in Industry Programme.

Applications are taken during the first year of study. However, please note; there will be a limit on the number of students that can apply for each receiving institution.

While the UK is currently an Erasmus+ programme country, it is not possible to know how, and to what extent, the Brexit negotiations will affect our status in the future. The University of Leicester, like other UK universities, is therefore unable to give any assurances to students that the agreements and destinations in place now under the Erasmus+ programme will remain available in or after 2018/19.  

For updates, visit: www.le.ac.uk/erasmus

To be considered you will need:

  • 65% overall average in Year 1
  • No module below 60% in semester 1 of Year 2

  • Students are required to pass Year 2 before they leave, i.e. you cannot take retakes in September

To gain the degree ‘With a Year in Europe’ (ERASMUS programme)

To successfully complete the year abroad and be awarded the degree of BA/BSc with a Year in Europe, students are normally required to obtain a minimum of 40 ECTS. Given the workload and study hours associated with 40 ECTS credits, we view this requirement as being more or less the workload equivalent to 120 Leicester credits.

Students that do not pass the year abroad under these conditions will be automatically transferred back to the normal BA/BSc degree, without the ‘Year in Europe’.

To gain the degree ‘With a Year Abroad’ (Study Abroad programme)

To successfully complete the year abroad and be awarded the degree of BA/BSc with a Year Abroad, students will normally be expected to select and pass modules that correspond to a workload equivalent of 120 Leicester credits. Although there are variations across countries and institutions, this requirement normally corresponds to eight (8) academic modules during the year abroad.

Students that do not pass the year abroad under these conditions will be automatically transferred back to the normal BA/BSc degree, without the ‘Year Abroad’.

What are the benefits?

There are many good reasons for considering undertaking the ERASMUS and Study Abroad programme. Here are just a few:

  • Excelled addition to your CV.
  • More employment opportunities.
  • Learn a new language.
  • Gain life experience and confidence.
  • Make new friends.
  • Learn your chosen subject in a different way.
Spending a year abroad can be an excellent opportunity to broaden your personal, cultural, and academic horizons. I hope that you will consider it as an opportunity that is worth pursuing
Dr Dimitrios Varvarigos, Erasmus/Study Abroad Co-ordinator

What do students have to say about it?Yosemite National Park, Calafornia

Outgoing

A once in a lifetime opportunity to live abroad, travel and study from a totally different perspective.

Jessica, Old Dominon University, Virginia, BA Economics

 

Niagara Falls, CanadaChoosing to study abroad was one of the best decisions I made at university. Living, studying and travelling with students from across the world is such an invaluable experience that can really make you stand out from the crowd.

Benjamina, University of Windsor, Canada, BSc Economics

Incoming (to the University of Leicester)

Being an international student, you need lots of help in the first few days – plenty of administrative and academic issues to deal with. However, all the staff members, from receptionists to study abroad coordinators, do their best to give you a hand. Then classes start. I can guarantee that you will be taught by great professors with plenty of knowledge to transfer. In addition, they always encourage you to visit them during office hours, which is a massive opportunity to solve your personal doubts. But not all is about studying! Leicester is one of the most diverse cities in the UK. You will be able to make friends from all over the world, as I have. The city has a lot to offer. If you like partying, there are dozens of clubs to go. If you like sports, the university offers and endless range of activities and sports to practise. I strongly encourage you to come and study to the UoL. I’m sure you won’t regret it!
Josep Giménez, University of Valencia, Spain

Further details can be found in the Erasmus and Study Abroad guidelines.

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