Our students have been taking part in exchanges for over 25 years at both university and school level, with institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe.
An exchange year is available to most students within the Faculty of Science and Engineering. To take part in an exchange you'll need the support and approval of a tutor in your school.
You'll usually complete your exchange during the second year of your course (or during Year 2 or 3 of MGeol Geology) for a whole academic year. You'll substitute one academic year at Plymouth and need to choose modules appropriate for your study here. You'll be registered as a Plymouth student during the exchange year, and pay tuition fees here. You'll be assessed by student funding as if you were in the UK and so will still be eligible for a student loan.
Schools operate different policies on how your performance during the exchange year contributes towards your final degree result. Discuss this with your exchange coordinator as part of the application process.
The application process is selective and you're not guaranteed acceptance and an exchange place. Successful completion of all components of the year prior to the exchange year, before the summer boards, is a condition for participating in any exchange.
While additional language skills are useful, more and more European universities offer teaching in English. Not being able to speak another language shouldn't hold you back from taking part in our exchanges.