Study or work abroad

Give yourself a head start in today’s global jobs market with our study or work abroad opportunities.

Take on the world

The world has been through a lot of change. As we all recover from the social and economic impacts of recent events, a global perspective is increasingly important.

Studying or working abroad will enable you to see the world from a different viewpoint, gain confidence and independence, and boost your communication skills. These are all qualities that employers value highly, so your time abroad could boost your CV and help you on the way to your future career.

We offer various opportunities for you to spend time in another country, including studying at our partner universities or working on a placement or internship.

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Government is launching a new scheme to fund study exchanges and placements abroad. The new Turing scheme will replace Erasmus+, the Europe-wide student exchange programme.

Study and work abroad agreements are currently being reviewed for 2021/2022 and students should enquire with their Programme Team for up to date information. We are fully committed to providing you with the wealth of opportunities that studying or working abroad can offer.


The University of Derby has signed up to the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education as part of our commitment to the internationalisation of all aspects of our work. We will continue to participate in Erasmus+ until 2022/23 regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations as we have secured an extended funding contract to cover this duration.

We believe that engaging and working with students and partner organisations from around the world will bring benefits to all our students and enhance the University's reputation.

You can read both the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education and our Erasmus Policy Statement.

Film Production student Mari Olan diving while in Malta

My exchange experience: An internship in Malta

Mari Olan successfully applied for work experience at Malta Film Studios, one of the largest production facilities in the world. She worked as a 2nd Assistant Director, and towards her dive license at weekends!

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