Spend a year abroad

At Leicester, we're big on local life. But at heart, we're a truly international university. We offer amazing opportunities to look beyond our walls and see the world differently. Several courses in English offer the opportunity of a year of studying abroad to experience a new academic climate and different cultures and lifestyles.

English is the language of instruction at all our partner universities. However, to enable you to make the most of your Erasmus year, we provide subsidised classes in the language of your destination country so that you are fully prepared for life abroad.

Currently students on the Erasmus scheme receive a grant from the EU to help cover travel and extra living expenses. Find out more about fees and funding.

English BA

During your first year of study, you can apply to transfer to the four-year BA English (EU), spending your third year in one of our prestigious partner institutions, which include several top-ranked universities in Europe. See the full list of English's partner institutions.

English and American Studies BA

You can apply to study for a four-year degree with a third year in one of our many North American partner institutions. See the full list of American Studies' partner institutions in North America, or find out more about a year abroad with American Studies.

You can also spend your third year at one English's Erasmus partner institutions. See the full list of English's partner institutions.

English and History BA

During your first year of study, you can apply to transfer to a four-year degree and spend your third year at one of History's partner institutions. See the full list of History's partner institutions, or find out more about a year abroad with History.

You can also spend your third year at one English's Erasmus partner institutions. See the full list of English's partner institutions.

Don't take our word for it - it's a yes from our students

Ask students who have been on Erasmus if they'd recommend it to others, and you get a resounding "Yes!". Read what our students have been saying:

"Sitting by the River Seine enjoying the Parisian landscape with a group of friends from different cultures and exchanging stories from home is something you don't do every day. Being able to experience a new culture, learn a new language and make international academic contacts are just a few of the opportunities open to you when on your year abroad."

Sumit, Year in France

"Deciding to take up the opportunity of studying abroad for a year was by far the best decision I have ever made. Geneva was a beautiful if challenging place to live and the life lessons I learnt out there have really moulded me as a person. I have made friends that I know I will have for life and I've also had the opportunity to travel around Europe. Now that I am back I have realised that I have almost an unlimited and unique answer bank for interviews and job application questions, which is a massive advantage in the current employment market."

Jessica, Year in Switzerland

"I would urge every English student to consider the Erasmus scheme. I got to study English Literature from an Austrian perspective, embraced a completely new culture, learnt German (which looks great on my CV), and I got to travel cheaply all over Europe. Why wouldn't you want to take part?"

Chantel, Year in Austria