Applying to Study or Work Abroad

The deadline to apply for study and work abroad programmes taking place in the 2020/21 academic year, including Summer Schools taking place during summer 2020, is Tuesday 10th December 2019.

Complete the Study/Work Abroad Application Form.

Information about Selection Criteria

With more and more students applying to study or work abroad during their studies, spaces on our programmes are competitive.

We look at a number of different criteria when allocating students to spaces on our study and work abroad programmes. Being offered a space depends on how many others are applying for the same space and how well you perform during the application and interview process.

Here are some of the main points we look at:


We need to select students who are strong enough academically to rise to challenges such as studying in a different academic system abroad.


Your motivation for applying to study or work abroad can tell us a lot about how much you will benefit from the experience. Tell us about any academic or professional goals you have that studying or working abroad can help you achieve. We are also interested in hearing about personal goals, but remember that this is an academic/professional experience, not a holiday.

Ambassadorial Qualities

The students we send abroad are representatives for Bangor University and we like to see students who are enthusiastic about representing Bangor in a good light in an international environment.

Essential Skills

Studying or working abroad is always challenging, and we are looking for students with the skills to adapt to a new environment, such as good communication skills, independence and a sense of responsibility and maturity.


A good academic reference always makes a good impression on us. Your referee will need to comment on whether or not they would recommend you to represent Bangor at one of our partner universities or a company abroad, as well as give information on your academic performance and engagement with your studies.

Should I apply?

Studying or working abroad can mean a significant change to the timing, structure and content of your degree. It can be costly, and you may need to dedicate a lot of time and energy to preparing for your placement. It is important to consider the following points before you commit to making an application to study or work abroad:

  • Can I afford to study or work abroad in the destination(s) I am applying for?
  • What sources of funding, if any, would be available to me while I am abroad?
  • What is the average living cost in the destination(s) I am applying for, and do I need to show evidence of affordability (e.g. bank statements) when applying for a visa?
  • (Study only) Do the partner universities I have listed as preferred choices offer suitable modules?
  • (If applying to do an International Experience Year) Do I want a study/work placement that is relevant to my degree subject area, or do I want to try something different?
  • (Work only) Does the destination where I am applying to do a work placement have any official guidance against travelling there (click here to read the FCO Travel Advice)?
  • Will I need to arrange support for a special need, disability or learning difference while I am abroad?
  • What is the native language of the destination(s) I am applying for and do I need to learn some of the language before going?
  • (Study only) Do the partner universities I have listed as preferred choices have entry requirements for exchange students such as a minimum GPA (Grade Point Average)?
  • (International students only) Are there any implications for my UK visa if I choose to study/work abroad?
  • Is this the right time to apply?

This is not an exhaustive list of points to consider before applying. Many of the factors students need to consider will be individual to them. Please come to the International Exchanges Office during one of the allocated drop-in times if you have any questions before applying.