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What is study abroad?

What is Global Mobility and Study Abroad?

There are several different routes students can take to make sure that they are globally mobile during their time at King's.  Whilst a typical Study Abroad experience might include semester or year long studing at a partner university overseas, there are many other options to gain an international, educational experience as part of your degree, including through shorter term opportunities such as summer school and study tour programmes, medical electives and internships.

To find out if your degree programme offers year or semester long Study Abroad opportunities, visit the Where can I go? tab found in the menu bar. If you would like to read about our range of summer opportunities, you can do so here, whilst a link to our exchange (tuition-fee-free) summer opportunities can be found in the menu bar at the Summer programmes.

To find out more about what studying abroad is like, you can broswe a range of accounts from King's students that have studied abroad previously, or visit one of our Peer Advisors during their office hours to find out about studying abroad from one of your peers. The Global Mobility Office is open 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm Monday to Friday for all other email, phone or in-person queries.

Participating in King's College London's Study Abroad programme could be a significant and memorable experience to carry with you for the future. You can expect to experience diversity and different lifestyles, gain intercultural communication skills, increase your independence and adaptability and maybe even see life and learning in a new way.

The Global Mobility team and the Study Abroad Tutor network are available to support current King's students and ensure that King’s Study Abroad programme offers a flexible range of options and destinations that enhance your degree.

Why study abroad?

Leaving university with 'just a degree' is no longer the expectation. No matter what your subject of study, or the level at which you are studying it, you want to get the most out of your time at university and studying abroad is one significant - and potentially transformative - experience available.

You may be thinking about your employment prospects; you may not have been able to finance a gap year and feel you missed out on the chance to travel; you may be seeking to see your chosen subject of study in a new light and from a different perspective; you may be wanting to improve your language learning: whatever your reason, studying abroad could be the thing for you.

Watch our film: Experiences that Resonate for a taste of what's to come.

Why? The evidence

This is for anyone (staff, student, teacher, lecturer, parent, employer or anyone else) seeking to understand why engaging in international mobility is a good thing.

For a number of years, UK information about this was predominantly anecdotal and based on individual student testimony, but there is increasing evidence available to support the efforts of those working in the field who have felt strongly about this for some time. This is helped in no small way by UUK's International Unit having a Go International team.

Below you will find links to the following reports, surveys and strategies:


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