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Application Process

APPLICATION FOR STUDENTS TO GO ABROAD IN 2020/21

The application to study abroad is open.

The deadline to submit your completed online application is 23:59, Sunday 26 January 2020.

We have an early bird deadline of 23:59, Sunday 15 December 2019.

The Study Abroad application is a straight forward simple 4 step process

1. Fact Finding
  • See what opportunities are available to Study Abroad within your subject area.
  • Talk with your subject Study Abroad Coordinator and the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office to find out more.
  • Research each destination and work out where it is that you would like to study – our Things to Consider guidance might help you.
2. Apply online

The deadline to submit your completed online application to study abroad in 2020/21 is 23:59, Sunday 26 January 2020.

We have an early bird deadline of 23:59, Sunday 15 December 2019.

You will need to complete an online application form https://reading.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/studyabroadapplication2020

Before completing the online application, please read the Study Abroad Application Guide 2020/21 which includes useful information for your application: 

3. Notification of Decision

The Erasmus & Study Abroad Office will liaise with your Study Abroad Coordinator(s) and partner institutions to attempt to negotiate spaces. Thereafter decisions will be made and places allocated to applicants. It is intended that students will be informed of decisions by no later than 15 February 2020.

Students will be given a short turn-around time to accept the offer of a nomination to a university.

Selection criteria

For subject-owned partnerships, the selection criteria is set by the Academic School/Department.

For University-wide partnerships, the following factors will be considered in making decisions regarding the allocation of places, especially if there are more applicants than places:

  • capacity constraints at partner institution
  • academic performance
  • personal statement
  • spread of subjects
  • subject Study Abroad Coordinator comments
  • duration of Study Abroad placement
  • previous engagement / contact with ESAO.
4. Complete External Application Forms for host institution

Either the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office or your Study Abroad Coordinator (depending on partner) will provide you with comprehensive information and full support to help complete the application form for the institution where you will study. Details will be provided once students have formally accepted their place.

All overseas travel is subject to the laws and immigration rules of the jurisdiction to which you are travelling. If you believe you will be or may be prevented from travelling to a particular country, please notify the Erasmus & Study Abroad office as soon as possible.

Once you are ready to apply, follow the instructions in the ‘apply online’ section.


Things to consider before you apply

Studying abroad is a big commitment, but the benefits are massive. Making the commitment to Study Abroad is often the hardest decision of all – understanding why you want to Study Abroad and what you want from the experience will help you at every stage of the process.

1. Why do you want to Study Abroad?

There are no right or wrong reasons. Is it a love of a country / culture, an opportunity to learn new things, a chance to travel?

Weigh up the positives and the negatives about living and studying in another country.

Knowing why it is that you want to study abroad will help in your decision making processes, as well as overcome any obstacles that you may face…

2. What is most important to you?

Are academic interests more important than the overall experience? Do you want to go to somewhere familiar or new? Is destination more important than the range of modules available? Understanding this will help you work out which of the available possibilities is right for you.

3. What are your specific academic interests?

Each university specialises in something different, and it’s good to make sure that the universities you select on your application form offer topics you are interested in. Each partner website should provide you with information about the range of modules available.

4. What type of experience do you want?

Do you want to live on campus or have a big city experience? Do you prefer to be part of a large or more intimate student community? How important is halls accommodation? Do you want to live in a country where you speak the language, or are you comfortable living in a totally different culture? Knowing this will really help you decide where you want to go.

5. What can you afford?

Whilst there are funds available to help towards meeting the costs of studying abroad, it is still a financial investment. Some places are more expensive to live in than others, and travel costs can vary. Wherever you go there will be loads of new and fun opportunities available to you (including travel). Therefore please plan non-academic activities into your budget, as well as standard day-to-day living.

6. Do you need additional support?

We want as many students from all backgrounds and abilities to be able to study abroad. However we realise that if you need additional support (in whatever capacity) here at Reading then you could have concerns as to whether study abroad is right for you. We recommend that, where appropriate, you discuss your concerns either with the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office, or the team at the University of Reading that provides you with assistance regarding your additional support. They can offer you impartial guidance and help.

If you are a student with a disability, please see the support pages.

7. How flexible are you willing to be?

You may have set your heart on a particular destination but we recommend being open-minded as to what is available. Many students end up studying somewhere different to their initial first choice. Often after researching destinations and costs, and thinking about what it is they are really seeking from a study abroad experience, students realise that a different destination may be better. The world is a big place – there are excellent opportunities available to you everywhere.

8. What do your parents / guardians / loved-ones think?

Don’t exclude those closest to you from the decision making process. Parents / guardians will be able to offer you advice and often they really want to help you – emotionally as well as financially!

They are likely to want to feel part of the process as you going abroad will also affect them. In most cases you have little to lose and loads to gain by talking it through with them.

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