How to apply

Eligibility

To be eligible for Study Abroad you must attain a grade average of 60% or above in your first year.  Places are allocated competitively so the higher your grade average, the better chance you have of going to one of your favoured locations.  If your grade average is not high enough to secure one of your desired places, you will be invited to consider other locations.

Competition for places can be very strong, with many applications having very high grade average marks.  Consequently some specific locations may only be viable considerations for students who gain an average in the high 60s, this is likely to be particularly so (but not exclusively) for North America, Australia and New Zealand.

If a student on a four-year study abroad degree programme does not achieve the minimum 60% grade average to be eligible to study abroad they will be required to transfer back to the equivalent three-year degree programme.

If a student who has been allocated a placement based on their first year grade average goes on to achieve less than 60% in their second year they will be required to withdrawal their application to the host university.

Students on combined honours programmes are welcome to apply for a placement with either of their teaching Colleges.  Flexible Combined Honours (FCH) students can apply directly through the FCH programme or through the College of one of their subjects.  However, students must not submit more than one application i.e. they may not apply through both Colleges/FCH programme.

Managing your expectations

As indicated above competition for places at the most popular destinations can be incredibly high, as demand grows the grade averages which are awarded places at these institutions also grows.  Approximately 40% of students receive their first choice of institution but you should not assume that [X] grade average guarantees you a placement at [Y] destination. 

Each year we are asked if a particular grade average will mean a student is guaranteed a placement in, for example Canada, the answer is no we simply cannot and will not guarantee you a place at a particular institution or country until the allocation process has been completed. 

Approach your choices with a flexible and open mind, diversify the institutions you list on your application and be amiable to a wide range of possible destinations for your time abroad.

Mitigation

The University requires that all mitigation applications must be made at or before the point of assessment.  Therefore it is not possible for late mitigation applications to be considered as part of the study abroad application or allocation process.

However, it is acknowledged that on some occasions a student may have submitted a timely, valid, evidenced mitigation application relating to their performance in first-year assessments, and this was accepted by their College’s mitigation committee, but no action was deemed appropriate due to the formative nature of stage one.

If a student in this situation is very close to the minimum criteria for making an application (i.e. their average is 58.00 or higher), then they should ask the Chair of the College’s mitigation committee (or other appropriate representative) whether they are supportive of the student being considered eligible to apply for a study abroad placement, on the basis of the existing mitigation application and evidence.  If they are, then the Chair of the Mitigation Committee (or representative) should confirm this in writing to the Study Abroad Coordinator in the students’ College.

It is essential that this is done in advance of the deadline for applications for placements, as these requests cannot be considered after the allocation process has begun.  If possible, it is recommended that students inform the Mitigation Committee in their mitigation application of their desire to apply for study abroad the following year.

Any consideration of mitigation would only relate to the students’ eligibility for a study abroad placement, not their priority in the allocation process.  Priority for a place cannot be given on the basis of mitigation of one student over another student with higher proven marks.  The students’ final approved marks (as confirmed by the College Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee) will be used for determining priority for placements.