International Year (School of Crafts and Design)

Students in the School of Crafts and Design have the unique opportunity within UCA to add an additional year of study at an overseas institution (either at a higher education establishment or workplace). 

Enhance your career prospects, gain new skills and boost your employability by developing cross cultural understanding, foreign language skills and a global mindset. Develop links with key emerging economies and form networks to set you up in your future careers.

Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience. Living in another country, you'll experience new places, people, cultures and possibilities. You'll develop initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where you go, a working knowledge of another language – all qualities employers are looking for. You will return to complete your degree with all the benefits of the International Year experience behind you.

Types of exchanges

Find out about the different types of exchanges available

Erasmus+ is a European funded programme that aims to promote and support student mobility. As an Erasmus+ student in the School of Crafts & Design, you will have the opportunity to spend up to a year abroad at an Erasmus+ partner institution in Europe as an approved and recognised part of your studies at UCA. You will receive a grant which contributes towards extra costs you may have during your exchange period.

Read our Erasmus+ Policy Statement.

Erasmus logo

Students in the School of Crafts & Design can study for up to a year on an international study placement at one of our non-Erasmus+ partner institutions. There is no grant available through UCA for international exchanges and you must therefore be prepared to cover all extra costs (e.g. travel, accommodation) yourself. 

Two students discuss graphic design

Find out if you are eligible and how to make an application

  • Who can apply?

    Undergraduate students currently in the second year of study (level 5) in the School of Crafts and Design*. 

    Home, EU and International students are eligible, however International students should be aware of visa implications. Students from outside the EEA/EU or Switzerland will need to research their own visa requirements.

    *Exception - the International Year is not available for students enrolled on Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art at the RSN.

  • When do I go?

    The International Year will take place in between the end of your second year (Level 5) and the start of your third year (Level 6).

  • What academic requirements do I need to meet?

    55% average grade in your first year. If you fail a unit in your second year (level 5), your application might be cancelled.

  • Where can I go?

    The School of Crafts and Design has exciting collaborative links with partner institutions worldwide. Where you can study is dependent on the links your degree has with overseas institutions and is subject to approval from the School of Crafts and Design. See the current list here*.

    If you are interested in a work placement, you will need to apply for the placements yourself. A good place to start your search is Erasmus Intern siteIAESTE, or you could try LEO-NET’s Job Offer Exchange platform (JOE+).

    *Please note that the partner list is subject to change and we do not guarantee any places at particular institutions. 

  • Will the exchange be recognised as part of my degree?

    The International Year is accredited, but does not count towards your final degree award. It is an additional year and will be assessed on a pass / fail basis here at UCA and is entered separately on your award transcript.

  • How much does it cost?

    The additional year is available for a heavily discounted fee (15% of the normal cost of a year of study at UCA). The International Year is accredited, but does not count towards your final degree award. It is assessed on a pass / fail basis here at UCA and is entered separately on your award transcript.

    You can choose between a funded Erasmus+ exchange (with a grant of 300-350 Euros per month) or an international exchange (no funding available). 

    Student Finance provide travel grants to eligible applicants for international and Erasmus+ placements. 

    A supplementary grant is available for Erasmus+ placements for students from a disadvantaged background. The disadvantaged background supplementary grant is an extra 120 EUR per month.

  • How do I apply?

    The application process for the International Year has now closed for 2018. The next application cycle will commence from spring 2019. 

    To start the application process, please log in to myUCA and go to your myRecords page. The International Year Application link can be found at the bottom of the Student Home page.

    There are six steps to complete the application:

    Step 1 - Introduction
    Step 2 - Select Partner Institutions
    Step 3 - Complete your Statement of Interest
    Step 4 - Upload supporting document (optional)
    Step 5 - Review your application
    Step 6 - Submit your application

    The application will automatically save as you complete each step, so you can leave the application and return at a later stage. If you need to make any changes, you can go back at the 'Review your application' stage.

    What should I include in my statement of interest?

    Your statement of interest should include the following:

    • your motivation to participate in the International Year
    • how it will benefit you personally and professionally
    • your language skills. If you have proficiency in a language other than English, please detail the language and level of proficiency/qualification
    • your adaptability and flexibility. Please describe a situation when you demonstrated adaptability
    • any additional support requirements (for example, disabilities, medical conditions or dependent children). Please provide as much information as possible to enable us to     find a partner institution best suited to your requirements.

    Please note that myRecords will automatically time out every 10 minutes, so we recommend that you write your statement of interest in a separate document which you can copy and paste to ensure that you don't lose your text.

    What happens once I have submitted my application?

    After you have submitted your application, the Study Abroad team will review your application and will email you by the end of March stating whether your application has been successful. 

    If your application is successful, you will be nominated to study at a partner institution. You will then be required to submit an application to the relevant university. It takes normally up to 4 weeks for the partner universities to process applications, so bear in mind that you will find out if you have been accepted within 4 weeks (approx.) after the application deadline of the partner institution.

  • How do I find out more?

    Help and advice about applying for an exchange is available, please contact the Study Abroad team for more information:

Any other questions?

Please contact us at