Study Abroad

  • The European Commission have awarded UWS the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020. Download Charter (pdf) and Erasmus Policy Statement.

    European Commission - University of the West of Scotland

    For more information on student exchanges, please contact:

    Study Abroad Team
    International Centre
    University of the West of Scotland 
    PA1 2BE 

  • UWS aims to give a global outlook to your studies, preparing you to work in an international context at home or overseas, after graduation. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in study options and extra-curricular activities explicitly designed to help you develop as a global citizen; and get the chance to take advantage of outward mobility or learning overseas.

    UWS is an active partner in the EU funded Erasmus+ which gives you the chance to spend time with one of our European partner universities, where you can follow modules related to your UWS course. There are opportunities to study in the language of our partner universities although many also deliver a number of programmes in English, so you don’t need to be fluent in a foreign language to participate. We do however offer language modules from introductory to advanced levels, if you’d like to add language skills to your CV beforehand. For details of the postgraduate support packages offered check out or email our international team at 

    If you’re looking for shorter term options, then UWS supports students in a range of subject areas to spend 1 to 3 weeks on international exchange, project work or volunteering – across Europe and further afield – agreed by their academic supervisor to enable them to add an international dimension to their studies. For example, our School of Science runs joint Masters courses in both Project Management (International), and Quality Management (International) with the University of Angers in France. The University has a Memorandum of Understanding with the International School of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem – the world centre for Holocaust studies – and UWS Education students have participated in the annual international seminar on Holocaust studies, held there.

    Our links with educational institutions all over Europe and beyond (including our partnership network in China) means that there is a thriving international student community at UWS adding a global perspective to UWS student life. As part of an extensive recruitment drive, a number of new academic staff – many with international research and teaching backgrounds – have also joined UWS.

    Studying abroad is a highly rewarding opportunity and life-changing experience. It allows you to:

    • Enahnce your CV and employment prospects after graduation
    • Continue your studies for a period of up to 6 months at one of our partner institutions
    • Experience new cultures
    • Develop your independence and confidence

    You are able to study overseas at a partner institution for the following periods:

    • 1 Trimester study options
    • 2 Trimesters (1 academic year) study options
    • 2 & 3 week exchange opportunities
    • 1 week international taster sessions 
  • Worldwide options

    Our partners offer almost all UWS subjects - many of which are taught in English - meaning you can continue working towards your degree, without the need for fluency in a foreign language.