Study Abroad

Politics and International Relations is involved in a number of international exchanges which provide Leicester students both with the chance to study abroad, and the experience of studying alongside visiting students from other countries when they are in Leicester.

Further information about studying abroad is available on the International Office website.

Advantages of studying abroad

Studying abroad is not just for people who are learning a foreign language. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly valuable for a wide range of jobs in the modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or are self-employed, nowadays you may suddenly find that you need to travel abroad for business purposes.

If you have spent time abroad, you will take this in your stride. Even if you are sent to a country you have never lived in (which is most likely), you will adapt more easily to different bureaucratic and organisational procedures, and will be much more sensitive to the practical effects of cultural differences. You will have experience of communicating effectively with colleagues who are not native English speakers, and you will know how to exploit to the full minimal or more advanced knowledge of a foreign language in practical everyday situations. And even if you never go abroad again, our students tell us that when they return to Britain, they feel more confident about dealing calmly, assertively and flexibly in difficult or unfamiliar situations at home.

According to HEFCE, students who have spent a year abroad

- are  more likely to be employed six months after graduating

- have above average salaries, especially if they are not language graduates

- are more likely to be employed abroad.

(Source: Attainment in Higher Education, Erasmus and placement students)

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University of Leicester
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Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2702


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Dominic Politics

Teaching is of a really high standard at Leicester and it’s really refreshing to get a wide range of different lecturers.