Study on exchange

Internationalise your DMU degree! As part of your undergraduate degree, you can spend a year studying abroad at one of DMU’s partner universities across the globe, in Europe, North America and Asia. As well as experiencing a new culture and enhancing your studies, receiving formal recognition as part of your degree title will help you stand out in the job market. 

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Most full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students at DMU can choose to study at a range of universities globally for a full academic year. Students on programmes that are externally accredited are recommended to check with their programme leader if they are eligible, prior to applying. 

Applications to participate on student exchange are submitted in the second year (Level 5) of undergraduate study. Accepted students are then required to complete their final year (Level 6) of studies upon returning from the year abroad. Please note, studying on exchange is an additional year that extends your degree duration to four years in total.  

What we are looking for from applicants…

  • To be studying in the second year of an undergraduate programme where it is possible to study on exchange. Please contact if you are unsure about this.
  • Performing well academically, averaging a grade of 2:1 or above and on target to progress to the next level of study
  • To have attended a mandatory information session about studying on exchange
  • Demonstrable interest in learning about new cultures and languages
  • Actively and engaged in student life and/or initiatives at DMU (e.g. clubs, societies, volunteering)

Application dates

Applications to study on exchange for the 2024-25 academic year will open on Monday 23 October 2023. The deadline to apply will be 9am on Monday 8 January 2024.

Where can I go?

You can choose to study at one of our overseas partner universities listed below. For guidance on how to select a university to apply for, please refer to our application guidance. We also recommend checking out our partner matrix which gives a quick overview of where you can go based on your programme of study. 


North America


Student stories

Below you can read case studies written by students who have spent a year abroad studying abroad…

Rumbie’s exchange year in Switzerland

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Emily’s year abroad studying in the USA

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Joe’s experience studying in Seoul, South Korea

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Nik’s year abroad in Strasbourg

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Kitty’s Canadian exchange in Calgary

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Georgia’s unforgettable year studying in the USA

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All students that complete the full academic year and successfully pass their modules (equivalent to 120 UK credits) will receive formal recognition and will graduate with the degree award ‘BA/BSc [degree programme] with year abroad’. For further details, students can refer to the Student Exchange Year Abroad Recognition Guidance.

Why study abroad?

Studying overseas is an unforgettable experience that can offer you a wide range of benefits. Students that spend time abroad report personal growth, cultural learning and language skill development as some of the positive outcomes. Research conducted by various bodies such as UUKi also indicates that…


Students who go abroad are 9% more likely to gain a 1st or 2:1 degree


Students who go abroad are 20% less likely to be unemployed, compared to those who didn’t go abroad


Those in work six months after graduation are 10% more likely to be in a ‘graduate’ job earning on average a 7% wage premium