Applying to Study or Work Abroad

The deadline to apply for study and work abroad programmes taking place in the 2019/20 academic year, including Summer Schools taking place during summer 2019, has passed. Applications for study and work abroad programmes in the 2020/21 academic year will open in September 2019. The application form will be available to download here.

What happens after you submit your application?

1. We will confirm receipt of your application by email.

2. Your academic school must approve your application before we can process it. We will contact your academic school on your behalf.

If your academic school does not approve your application (this can happen for a number of different reasons), your application unfortunately will not be considered and we will contact you to let you know.

3. If your application is shortlisted, we will contact you by mid-January to invite you to sign up for an interview slot.

4. Your interview will take place at the end of January. We cannot offer alternative interview dates. We will interview students individually for the majority of programmes. However, we need to interview a large number of students, therefore interviews for some programmes may be held in groups of 4 - 8 students.

5. We will email you to let you know the outcome of your interview within approximately five working days of your interview.

6. If you are successful at interview stage and receive a conditional offer from us, you need to accept or decline the offer, normally within 24 hours of receipt.

7. If you accept your conditional offer, we will contact you to guide you through the next steps in preparing for your placement.

If you decline your offer, we unfortunately cannot make alternative offers.

Selection Criteria

With more and more students applying to study or work abroad during their studies, spaces on our programmes are competitive. Some spaces are more competitive than others but we use the same selection criteria in allocating students to spaces for all of our programmes.

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:


Although grades aren't the 'be all and end all', we do need to select students who are strong enough academically to rise to challenges such as studying under 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, personal or professional goals you have that studying or working abroad can help you achieve.

Ambassadorial Qualities

The students we send abroad are representatives for Bangor University and we like to see students who are enthusiastic about promoting Bangor in the best light abroad.

Essential Skills

Studying or working abroad can be very difficult at times 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 should I learn the basics?
  • (Study only) Do the partner universities I have listed as preferred choices have additional 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.