Spend a Year Abroad


Leaning Tower of PisaThe School participates in two types of exchange schemes: the first is based on a network of European universities (the ERASMUS scheme), the second involves links with universities in Australia and also the United States (the Study Abroad scheme). Students who wish to go on these exchanges transfer to a four year degree version of their existing three year course, and you do this during your first year at Leicester.

If you wish to participate in the Erasmus programme you will spend a year at one of our partner universities in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic or the Netherlands.  If you choose to spend a year on the Study Abroad Programme in Australia we have partnerships with universities in Adelaide and Melbourne.  There are other possibilities in Hong Kong, Japan or Korea.

To qualify for this programme you must maintain a good level of performance in your first and second year if you wish to take part in the ERASMUS/ International programme. This means passing all modules in years one and two, and achieving a minimum average mark of 60 in year two

This option is available for all our degrees programmes. 

The benefits of spending a year abroad as part of your studies.

ERASMUS: Preliminary information for students

The School of History at Leicester co-ordinates an Erasmus exchange programme with a number of European Universities in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands Czech Republic, Belgium and Spain.

International exchanges to Australia and other Worldwide destinations

The School also have links with universities outside of Europe through the Study Abroad exchange programme.

International exchanges to the USA

The Centre for American Studies co-ordinates an international exchange programme with a number of universities in the USA, which BA History and American Studies students can apply to participate in.

Further information

Places available

Each year up to 20 single- subject and joint- degree History students can transfer to the four year degree and spend their third year studying at one of out partner universities before returning to Leicester for their final (fourth) year. As places are limited, students who have already decided they wish to spend a year abroad should contact Sarah Whitmore as soon as possible.

Language requirements

You do not need to be fluent in the relevant language before you decide to transfer to the four year degree programme, but you are expected to take advantage of the language tuition available at Leicester to ensure that you are properly prepared before you leave. Language training is provided through the Languages at Leicester scheme at a subsidised cost. Students must be able to produce evidence that they have the necessary language skills by the end of their second year.


The Co-ordinator for European Exchanges in School of History is Dr Claudia Prestel.

The Co-ordinator for International Exchanges for BA History and American Studies students is Dr James Campbell.

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