UCA student opportunities

Study and work opportunities
for UCA students

Studying or working abroad can be life-changing – you’ll experience new places, people, cultures and possibilities, not to mention developing your foreign language skills. And all this will pay off even more when you graduate with a strong and varied CV.

If you’re looking to spread your wings a little further than just your new university surroundings, our Study Abroad programme could be perfect for you – here you’ll find out all you need to know about the scheme and how it works and hear from students who’ve already benefited from the scheme.


Study Abroad FAQs

Undergraduate students enrolled in the first year of their degree course* can apply to study abroad in Year 2. Students from outside the EEA/EU or Switzerland will need to research their own visa requirements.

*Students in the School of Crafts and Design should see the International Year page. Exchanges are also available to MFA Photography students.

We have a range of partner institutions, but where you can study is dependent on the links your degree has with overseas institutions and is subject to approval from your Course Leader.

Access our list of what courses are available where.

Bear in mind there are only so many places available, so you won’t be guaranteed a place at your top preference institution – being flexible about where you want to go is a good idea.

Exchanges tend to take place in your second year, during the Spring term. Students from BA (Hons) Film Production and BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design in Canterbury can only go on exchange in the Autumn term. Find here the complete list of courses, time frame for mobility and destinations.

Yes - you will need a 55% average grade in your first year. If during the first term of your second year you fail a unit, your application might be cancelled.

Yes, the credits earned abroad as part of your exchange programme will be transferred back to UCA (normally the equivalent to 60 UCA credits). However, your exchange will only be awarded a "pass" or "fail" grade due to the difficulty of translating the grades used in different education systems. This means that the exchange will not count towards your final classification degree. Therefore, your UCA Stage 2 unit marks (i.e. those that you studied at UCA, excluding any units studied overseas) will count as 25% of your overall degree classification and your Stage 3 unit marks will count as 75% of your overall degree classification.

As part of your exchange, you are not required to pay the host institution any tuition fees or examination fees, but you will be responsible for covering your travel, accommodation and living costs, and you will continue paying tuition fees as normal to UCA during your study abroad exchange programme.

You should have access to the student UK government loans or grants that you would usually be eligible for while you are abroad.

An additional travel grant is available through Student Finance on a means-tested basis. Find out more and check your eligibility.

Students on Erasmus+ placements will receive an Erasmus+ grant of between €370-€420 per month. A supplementary grant is available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The disadvantaged background supplementary grant is an extra €120 per month.

Please note Erasmus+ funding ends in May 2023.

UCA has been successful in gaining funding from the new Turing Scheme, which you'll be able to apply to from the 2021-22 academic year. If you have questions about the Turing Scheme, contact

Students in the School of Crafts and Design have a unique opportunity within UCA to add an additional year of study at an overseas institution (either at a higher education establishment or workplace). You can do your placement through the Erasmus+ scheme (until May 2022) or go further afield with an international university. Find out more on our course pages.

Once you’re enrolled you’ll find details on how to apply on the Student Portal.

Applications to study abroad in 2021-22 as part of your second year (Level 5) are now open. Submit your application here by the 15th of March 2021.

Yes – we have opportunities to book one-to-one appointments with our Study Abroad Coordinators, and we also organise some dedicated events with UCA Partners - just check our events page to see the latest.

If you have any niggling questions, please contact us at and we’ll do our best to help you.


Work Abroad FAQs

Currently, working abroad opportunities are possible through the Erasmus+ scheme, a European funded programme that aims to promote and support student mobility. This scheme runs until the end of May 2023.

We have also been successful in our bid for funding from the new Turing Scheme, which you'll be able to apply to for the 2021-22 academic year. 

You can apply for funding for a traineeship if you study part-time or full-time, and it is available for undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students in any year of study.

Home and EU students are eligible.

International students on a Tier 4 visa may be eligible to complete a traineeship outside of term time. Please check your eligibility with the Study Abroad Team on

Work placements and internships should last between two and 12 months and you may choose when to complete the placement.

Final year students may receive funding for a traineeship after graduating, provided you have applied for funding while you are still a student at UCA.

You will need to apply for the placements yourself. A good place to start your search is Erasmus Intern site, IAESTE, or you could try LEO-NET’s Job Offer Exchange platform (JOE+).

Your placement must be in one of the following countries for you to be eligible for funding:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom.

Also included are the Canary Islands, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Réunion, Azores and Madeira.


You will be eligible to be a beneficiary of Erasmus+ funds until May 2023.

If you meet the criteria and be eligible for a grant, then you can currently receive €400-€450 a month, depending on the country you visit. There is some additional funding available for students with special needs, which you will need to apply for before you leave.

Student Finance also provides travel grants to some eligible applicants.

Details on how to apply are open to current students and are available on the Student Portal.

Please note: in order to apply to undertake the Erasmus+ Traineeship programme as a graduate you will need to apply BEFORE your graduation date.