Study overseas with BA (Hons) History
Spend part of, or your entire, second year studying abroad by choosing history with the University of Plymouth.

Plymouth is one of only nine universities in the UK which are part of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) and considering these study options cost little more than a normal year studying in Plymouth, this is a great way to see the world while furthering your studies.

Studying in the United States

With University of Plymouth we don't simply teach you about America, we offer you the chance to go there and find out for yourself.

In your second-year, you’ll be able to experience life stateside with semester or year-long exchanges with our partner universities – a fantastic opportunity to not only learn about the US but also to immerse yourself in American culture.

You can spend your entire second year in the US as part of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) - an affordable scheme offered by only nine universities in the UK. 

Over the last two years, almost 10 per cent of Plymouth’s history students have gone on student exchanges.

Plymouth State University, New Hampshire
You can study in the States and stay in Plymouth (or at least one of the numerous Plymouths in the US) at Plymouth State. Located in New England, you can experience the region’s beautiful autumn, and then enjoy winter sports as the snow settles in. Nearby is White Mountain National Forest, where there are miles of trails for hiking and biking, and you can also go on trips organised by the WMO. The university dates back to 1808 and counts poet Robert Frost as one of its former teachers, while the town itself was one of the last stops on the ‘underground railroad’ taking escaped slaves to Canada. Plymouth State offers a great range of US history courses, including modules on the history of New Hampshire, women’s history, African American history and the early republic.

Longwood University, Virginia
Longwood University in Virginia both teaches history and is steeped in it. Surrounded by Civil War sites, including Appomattox Court House where General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant; the town of Farmville, where Longwood is located, was part of the group of cases which made up the Brown vs. Board of Education decision of 1955 which desegregated America’s schools. Within easy reach of Washington DC, and its archives and museums, Longwood has been a popular destination for Plymouth history students for almost ten years. The university is on a sixty-acre residential site and even hosts its own Oktoberfest! Longwood has a particularly good Public History programme and, as you might expect, major strengths in Civil War and Southern history. 

NEW: Northern Arizona University
Due to the popularity of our exchanges, we are always looking for new partners and are delighted to announce a new link with Northern Arizona University (NAU), giving us our first partner in the south western United States. From humble beginnings at the turn of the twentieth century, NAU is located in Flagstaff and now has over 25,000 students. The history programme has particular strengths in Western, Native American and Latino history, as well as American and world history more generally. Within easy striking distance of the Grand Canyon, Colorado and Las Vegas, we expect NAU to be an extremely popular choice with our students.

Nebraska Wesleyan
Nebraska Wesleyan is a private liberal arts college founded by Methodists who settled in the mid-west in the nineteenth century. It is located in Lincoln, the state capital, a city of 250,000 people and the self-styled Great Plains’ greatest college town. Wesleyan prides itself on its low staff-student ratio and has excellent programmes in African American history, Women's history, Native American history and environmental history, as well as internship opportunities. Within easy reach of Denver to the west, Chicago to the east, St. Louis to the South and Minneapolis to the north, Lincoln is the perfect staging post for road-trips exploring the heartland of the United States.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)
Greensboro witnessed one of the most important events in the civil rights movement when, in 1960, four African American students refused to give up their seats at a segregated lunch counter, triggering the sit-ins which quickly spread through the upper south. The picturesque campus of UNCG is home to more than 200 clubs and student organisations, and has a thriving arts scene. In addition, Greensboro is your gateway to both the American south and areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains. Students have the opportunity to work with a number of groups at UNCG, including, Greensboro Historical Museum, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Tannenbaum Park, Charlotte Hawkins Brown State Historical Site, and University Archives and Manuscripts in what is a thriving History Department.

Montana State University
Montana State University is located in the town of Bozeman in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.  

As well as being a centre of educational excellence, Montana State offers many attractions for those interested in the great outdoors, including the Big Sky Ski and Summer resort and proximity to a number of National Parks, including Yellowstone National Park and the Nez Perce National Historical Park. The town is also home to the Museum of the Rockies and the Gallatin History Museum, which celebrate the region’s history and geography.

Bozeman has a vibrant social and cultural scene, not to mention the university’s Bobcats sports teams. Students are encouraged to make use of Montana’s excellent Native American Studies programme as well as more general United States history, politics and culture resources.

Idaho State University
Idaho State University (ISU) lies in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains and within easy reach of Salt Lake City. It’s well placed for visiting both the North West (Oregon, Washington State and Montana) and South West (California, Utah, Nevada and Colorado).

ISU has an Outdoor Adventure Center and Sun Valley ski resort is close by for winter sports. Nearby Potacello is home to the Idaho Museum of Natural History and there’s a vibrant social and cultural scene within the campus and town.

ISU has a strong and varied academic programme and an excellent staff student ratio of 17:1. It also has its own American Studies Program, which Plymouth students are encouraged to consider, although courses outside ISU’s American Studies curriculum are also available.

University of Mississippi
The University of Mississippi, or ‘Ole Miss’, is one of the South’s oldest universities. It played its part in the Civil War – as a military hospital – and was the scene of one of the defining moments of the civil rights movement, when President Kennedy sent troops to the campus to enforce integration in 1962.

The campus is located in the town of Oxford, some 70 miles south of Memphis and a day’s drive from New Orleans. As well as its rich social history, it was also the home of William Faulkner, one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. The university is also home to the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, dedicated to understanding the history, literature and culture of the South as a whole.

The focal point of the social life of the campus is sport – American football, basketball and baseball. Oxford life revolves around the university and it is well served by bars and restaurants near the town’s historic square. 

We also offer exchanges at Canadian universities

For more information about studying in the United States contact Simon Topping.

The world comes to Plymouth 

The international experience you gain with history at University of Plymouth doesn't just involve going overseas: the world comes to Plymouth. In addition to a range of courses that give you the opportunity to learn about history around the world, there is a range of extra-curricular opportunities.

Erasmus Student Network (ESN)

A social club open to international and home students, including those who have returned from an exchange. 

See the award-nominated video on Vimeo: Erasmus Student Network or contact ESN Plymouth at

Arts and Humanities exchanges

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities prides itself on a collaborative approach, whether in tutorial, seminars, or our unique studio environments.

Professor Dafydd Moore, Dean

Discover more about our exchange opportunities

Study abroad exchange: Joshua Bainbridge

"To put it simply my study abroad exchange was the best decision I’ve ever made. When I decided to apply I was so nervous that I was making a mistake. I was so wrong. The experiences I had were life-changing. I made friends with amazing people and experienced new things I’d never had the opportunity to do. You’re taken out of your comfort zone and placed into something unknown but it truly is worth it. I met people from other cultures around the world I’d previously never have had the chance to meet. It gave me so much more confidence in myself and I would encourage anybody to go on a study abroad."

Joshua and friends, Ari from Boston and Sam, another study abroad student from Dortmund, Germany at the New England Patriots NFL game versus the Detroit Lions, November 2014

Study abroad exchange: Daniel Ridholls

"For my student exchange, I attended Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia for a semester, between January and May. There were many reasons I was interested in taking part in the study abroad programme, such as the opportunity to experience and immerse myself in a new culture and society. I was excited by the prospect of moving out of my comfort zone and fully embracing the American college lifestyle. Additionally, this was a chance to meet new people from all over the world, as part of the international programme, and broaden my understanding of different cultures and people."

Daniel Ridholls attended attended Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia for his student exchange while studying BA (Hons) History.