Year Abroad

UCAS Codes:

BSc Computer Science: G401

BSc Software Engineering: G601

Entry Requirements:

A/AS Levels: the same as the standard BSc degree. GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above.

The BSc (with a Year Abroad) degrees are four year degrees that give you the option of spending a year at another university in Europe or elsewhere. The academic objectives of these degrees are really no different from those of the corresponding standard BSc degree; however they offer you the opportunity to live and work abroad, to become more flexible and more independent. There are special arrangements for tuition fees and you receive an allowance while abroad, besides free language tuition before you go. Specific information is available from the University's International Office.


For destinations in Europe, this degree operates currently under the ERASMUS programme of the European Union, but the future participation in this programme is currently uncertain due to Brexit. The purpose of the ERASMUS programme, as stated in the introduction to the ERASMUS Directory, is to be a 'major stimulus towards increased student mobility' in the European Union, while increasing cooperation in academic activities generally between universities in the EU.

Where you can study:

Current destinations in Europe are:

Current destinations outside Europe are:

How the Year Abroad degree works:

You spend your first two years in Leicester taking the modules for a standard BSc, your third year at the host university, and your final year in Leicester taking the normal final year BSc modules. Degree classification is formally based on performance in years two and four only, but you will need to have passed the modules taken abroad.

How to apply for the year abroad:

Initial registration for your choice of destination university, language training (etc) takes place at the start of the second year; final acceptance depends on a satisfactory performance in the second year examinations. If you initially applied for another programme, but wish to consider changing to the "with a Year Abroad" variant, the change must be made during your second year.

Why Study Abroad?

The extra year required for a B.Sc. (with a Year Abroad) degrees means that you are very likely to know substantially more than students taking a normal three year degree. In addition, you will be better prepared to apply for jobs that require spending time in countries other than the UK.

The "with a Year Abroad" degrees are all designed to meet the accreditation criteria of the BCS; any accreditations granted to the main Undergraduate Programmes also apply to the "with a Year Abroad" variants.

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