You may study for a full semester at one of our partner
universities in the United States, Australia or Europe. This option takes place
during your second year of study. The semester abroad is integrated into your
degree, which means you can graduate on time after three years. As you are
expected to gain academic credit for your semester abroad, this option requires
that you receive approval from your programme director for the semester and
modules you plan on undertaking abroad before you depart.
If you would like to study in Australia or the United
States, you will be hosted by one of our study abroad exchange partners. If you
would like to study in Europe, you will be hosted by one of our Erasmus+
partners and receive a stipend to support your living costs.
You must apply for the semester programme during your first
year in order to go abroad during your second year. The application deadline is
Where can I study?
You can study at one of our 30 partner universities across the world. We have Semester Abroad partners in the USA, Australia and Europe. You can find more information about our partners in the Partners section.
The best thing about my experience was having the opportunity
to live in another country while learning about their culture, education and
way of life. Along the way I was able to make lifetime friends from all over
the world and share my experience with them. - Matthew, BSc Sports Coaching Science, Semester Abroad at
Malmo University in Sweden
The semester abroad is open to Year 2 undergraduate
students. You must apply during Year 1.
Your Year 1 grades matter! You must maintain an average of
at least 55 in your first year to participate in a semester abroad. Some
partners have higher grade requirements. You will not be eligible to study
abroad if you fail any of your Year 1 modules. If you do fail a module, you must
pass it during the summer resit period in order to be able to study
You will be asked to choose from our partner universities
that have been approved for each degree. We have limited spaces available at
each of our partner universities and request that you provide at least 4
options where you would be happy to study. We will allocate spaces based on
your preference, suitability for your studies and academic achievement. If you
have questions about the different universities, please get in touch with the
Study Abroad team.
Semester abroad students continue to pay tuition to St
Mary’s while they’re away. Students do not pay tuition to host universities,
but are responsible for paying for accommodation, meals, visas (where necessary),
flights, internal travel, books, study supplies and any applicable fees. You
may also be required to purchase insurance. Semester programmes tend to be
higher cost than summer programmes, but keep in mind that you would need to pay
for living expenses if you were spending your semester in London. See the
Sample Costs information sheet for an indication of costs for selected
If you are eligible for a tuition loan, you will still
receive this funding to cover your St Mary’s tuition during the semester you
If you receive a maintenance loan, you may be eligible to
receive a travel grant from Student Finance England to help cover the extra costs incurred by studying
abroad. This grant reimburses your costs, which means you will need to pay all
costs up front and retain your receipts to submit to Student Finance England.
You can receive a grant of €370 to €420 per month per month
to studying at one of our EU partner universities. Please note that this
funding is contingent on St Mary’s continued participation in the Erasmus+