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.
Check out this page and click the boxes below to find out more information about studying on exchange.
fees & support
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
Applications to study on exchange for the 2023-24 academic year are now closed. Applications will now reopen in October 2023 and further details will be made available in due course.
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 ourapplication 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.
DMU has over 25 links with universities in a range of European countries including Spain, France and Germany. Often these partners have subject-specific offerings for DMU students, so you’ll need to be enrolled on the right programme of study to apply for most universities.All European partners have a ★ competitiveness rating, meaning you have a higher chance of being accepted if you apply for these.
There are 10 exchange partners in the USA and 5 partners in Canada that you can choose to study at. These universities teach in English and offer a wide range of programmes that align with DMU courses.
Below you can read case studies written by students who have spent a year abroad studying abroad…
Rumbie’s exchange year in Switzerland
Emily’s year abroad studying in the USA
Joe’s experience studying in Seoul, South Korea
Nik’s year abroad in Strasbourg
Kitty’s Canadian exchange in Calgary
Georgia’s unforgettable year studying in the USA
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