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Experience new cultures

Travel while you learn with Erasmus+ and International Exchange opportunities

You can study or work abroad as part of your degree, depending on your course. Studying abroad can broaden your horizons, open up professional and personal opportunities, and help you learn another language. And when it comes to starting your career, experiences like this help you stand out from the crowd. 

Study abroad opportunities usually take place in the first teaching block of your second year, so you should start planning your trip in your first year. Contact your Erasmus+ departmental coordinator to explore your options.

Opportunities and destinations

There are two types of exchange opportunities, depending on your destination: 

Erasmus+

Complete a study or work placement for 2–12 months, depending on your course. Details depend on your department's agreements with partner institutions.

Erasmus+ is funded by the European Commission.

International Exchange

Take part in an exchange with one of our partner institutions.

We have agreements with universities in places such as Australia, Brazil, Japan and the United States. 

Erasmus+ opportunities are subject specific so you’ll need to discuss which options are open to you with your School or Department Exchanges Coordinator. The programme is designed for students who wish to study abroad as part of a degree course. 

Sandwich year placements abroad

On some of our courses you can spend your placement year abroad. Contact your Faculty Placement Office to check if you're eligible to do a placement year abroad. If your placement is in Europe you can apply for funding from Erasmus+. To start your Erasmus+ funding application contact studyabroad@port.ac.uk.

Graduate traineeships abroad

An Erasmus+ graduate traineeship is a work placement or internship you complete overseas after you finish your degree. It gives you the opportunity to put your studies into practice in a global setting and is a fantastic way to kick-start your career. The traineeship must take place within 12 months after you graduate. Talk to your Exchanges Coordinator for details before you graduate and contact us at erasmus@port.ac.uk for more information or to declare your interest before the end of your final year.

You must apply for a Erasmus+ grant during the last year of your studies to fund your traineeship. Find out more about Erasmus+ graduate traineeship opportunities or email us at studyabroad@port.ac.uk.

Where can I go?

Explore our academic exchange partnerships around the world, arranged by subject, faculty and country, as applicable. Please note, these details are subject to change.

Exchange partners

Austria

Technical University of Vienna (TU Wien)

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

Brazil

University of São Paulo

Undergraduate

International

Denmark

Aalborg University

Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

RWTH Aachen University

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Norway

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Slovenia

Ljubljana University

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Italy

University of Palermo

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Bulgaria

Technical University of Sofia

Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Cyprus

Frederick University Cyprus

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Czech Republic

Charles University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

University of Grenoble Alpes

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

Paris Dauphine University

Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Germany

University of Kiel

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Greece

Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology

Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Republic of Ireland

Dublin City University

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Milano-Bicocca

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Reggio Calabria

Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Salerno

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

Slovakia

Comenius University

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Sweden

University of Gothenburg

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

France

University of Grenoble Alpes

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

The Netherlands

NHTV Breda University of Applied Science

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

The Netherlands

HU University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Spain

European University of Madrid

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Sweden

Uppsala University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Belgium

VIVES University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Canada

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Undergraduate

International

Czech Republic

Charles University in Prague

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

Berlin School of Economics and Law

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Malta

University of Malta

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Netherlands

Avans University of Applied Science

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Norway

University of Oslo

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

Universite Clermont Auvergne

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

France

University of Burgundy

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Greece

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Milano-Bicocca

Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Italy

University of Palermo

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Perugia

Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Croatia

University of Zagreb Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)
Erasmus+

Czech Republic

Charles University in Prague

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Denmark

University of Southern Denmark (Sociology only)

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Education Only)

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Lithuania

Siauliu University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Spain

Autonomous University of Barcelona (Education only)

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

Sweden

Kristianstad University Sweden (Education only)

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Finland

Turku University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

University of Applied Sciences FH Münster

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

Spain

Universidad de Alcalà

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Belgium

Ghent University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

University of Kiel

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Luxembourg

University of Luxembourg

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Poland

University of Gdansk

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Spain

University of Malaga

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Austria

University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Belgium

Howest University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Denmark

Danish School of Media and Journalism

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

Stuttgart Media University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Spain

University of San Pablo CEU

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Spain

University of Zaragoza (Media Studies only)

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Sweden

Dalarna University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

University of Rennes 2

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

University of Bremen

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

Hungary

Eotvos Lorand University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Hungary

University of Szeged

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+

Malta

University of Malta

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Poland

Adam Mickiewicz University

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Slovakia

Comenius University of Bratislava

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research

Erasmus+

Sweden

Halmstad University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Belgium

Université libre de Bruxelles

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (Phd)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Canada

Carleton University

Undergraduate

International

Czech Republic

Palacky University

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

Cergy-Pontoise University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

University of Strasbourg

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Hungary

University of Szeged

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (Phd)

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Trento

Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (Phd)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

The Netherlands

Maastricht University

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

The Netherlands

The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Norway

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

USA

University of Nebraska Omaha

Undergraduate

International

 

Belgium

University of Mons

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Chile

University Diego Portales

Undergraduate

International

China

Beijing International Studies University

Undergraduate

International

France

Lumière University Lyon 2

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

France

University of Strasbourg

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

François Rabelais University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

University of Bremen

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

University of Erfurt

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

Flensburg University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

University of Marburg

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Italy

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Spain

University of Alcalà

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Spain

University of Granada

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Spain

University of Malaga

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Spain

University of Murcia

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Spain

University of Salamanca

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Sweden

University of Stockholm

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Poland

University of Zielona Gora

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Spain

Public University of Navarra

Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research

Erasmus+

France

University of Caen

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

France

University of Limoges

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

University of Rouen

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Greece

University of Patras

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Padua

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Italy

Univeristy of Sassari

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+and Institutional

The Netherlands

Leiden University Medical Centrer (LUMC)

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

Institutional

Poland

Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Institutional

Spain

Complutense University of Madrid

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Spain

Universidad Europea Madrid

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Spain

Universidad de Navarra

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Germany

University of Mannheim

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

University of Würzburg

Undergraduate

International and Institutional

Italy

Sapienza University of Rome

Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Spain

Complutense University of Madrid

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Austria

Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Canada

Brock University

Undergraduate

International

Canada

Western University

Undergraduate

International

Czech Republic

University of Ostrava

Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

University of Rouen

Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

Sweden

Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught (Master's) and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

USA

State University of New York

Undergraduate 

International

Faculty Specific Agreements

Australia

University of Southern Queensland

Undergraduate

International

Austria

FH Johanneum University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Belgium

University Colleges Leuven-Limburg

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Canada

Brock University

Undergraduate

International

Canada

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Undergraduate

International

Canada

University of Prince Edward Island

Undergraduate

International

China

Beijing Technology and Business University

Undergraduate

International

China

Research Institute of Economics and Management, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics

Undergraduate

International

China

Tianjin University of Finance and Economics

Undergraduate

International

Croatia

University of Zagreb

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Czech Republic

University of Economics, Prague

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Denmark

University of Southern Denmark

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Finland

Tampere University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

EDC Paris Business School

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

France

Normandy Business School

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

EDHEC Business School

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

France

IDRAC Business School

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

France

Montpellier Business School

 Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

University of Montpellier

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

France

ESC Rennes School of Business

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

France

University of Strasbourg

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Germany

International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

Berlin School of Economics and Law

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Germany

Münster University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Germany

EBS University of Business and Law

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Hong Kong

Lingnan University

Undergraduate

International

Hungary

International Business School, Budapest

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Italy

University of Padua

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Italy

University of Pisa

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Italy

University of Rome Tor Vergata

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Japan

Nagasaki University

Undergraduate

International

Japan

Nagoya University of Foreign Studies

Undergraduate

International

The Netherlands

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

The Netherlands

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

The Netherlands

Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Norway

Oslo Metropolitan University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Poland

Wrocław University of Economics

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research (PhD)

Erasmus+

South Korea

Solbridge International School of Business

Undergraduate

International

Spain

Ramon Llull University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Spain

Loyola University Andalusia

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Spain

Nebrija University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Spain

CEU San Pablo University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+

Sweden

Jönköping International Business School

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Sweden

Linköping University

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Sweden

University of Stockholm

Undergraduate

Erasmus+ and Institutional

Switzerland

ZHAW School of Management and Law

Undergraduate

Swiss-European Mobility Programme

Institutional

Thailand

Kasetsart University

Undergraduate

International

USA

San José State University

Undergraduate

International

USA

Southeast Missouri State University

Undergraduate

International

USA

Western Carolina University

Undergraduate

International

USA

State University of New York

Undergraduate

International

China

Three Gorges University

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

International

University Wide Agreements

Edith Cowan University

Undergraduate

International

Caen University

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (Master's)

International

How do I apply? 

Once you've chosen where you'd like to go you should contact your course leader about starting your application.

If you're taking part in the British Council Language Assistantship you'll need to complete the documents required for work placements. 

Do I need to speak the language?

You don't usually have to speak the language of the country you're going to. Most of our partner universities teach courses in English, but you should check with your departmental coordinator before selecting your options. You'll probably pick up some basic phrases while you're abroad though. 

Institution-Wide Language Programme

If you want to prepare yourself and learn the language before you go, you can do a free language course while you're at university. You can attend Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP) classes to learn basic language skills.

The IWLP is a free programme open to every campus-based, full-time student at the University. Regardless of what you're studying, you can learn a language alongside your degree. You can choose to study a number of languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin. To find out more about the IWLP, email iwlp@port.ac.uk.

Is learning abroad different?

Styles of teaching can vary from country to country and class to class, but don't worry. You'll adapt quickly and the experience you gain from a different way of learning will prove beneficial in the future, and even enhance your studies when you return to Portsmouth.

Will doing a placement abroad impact my degree classification? 

Each department has its own policies about degree classifications. You should discuss how your placement will count towards your degree and impact your degree classification with your departmental coordinator.

Next steps

Once you’ve chosen where to go and spoken to your course leader about your application, you need to:

  • think about your funding, insurance and travel details
  • research further requirements from your host institution or company
  • attend any exchange sessions organised by your department, to help you prepare academically and personally for your trip
  • arrange your accommodation — the institution or company you're joining should be able to help if you need it

Funding

There are grants available to help you while you're studying abroad.

Funding your time abroad

If you're successful in your application to the Erasmus+ programme, you'll receive an Erasmus+ grant – although not all students travelling to Europe are automatically eligible for funding. Please check with us if you're unsure by emailing erasmus@port.ac.uk.

The grant helps to pay for any extra costs of living overseas, such as your rent, food or bills, but you shouldn't rely on it as your main budget, or to cover your initial costs.

The exact amount you receive depends on your location and whether you're studying or working abroad. For example, for 2018/19, the Erasmus+ grants range from €300 - €350 for studies and €400- €450 per month for work.

In some cases, you can receive a top-up to your Erasmus+ grant if your annual household income is £25,000 or less. For 2018/19, the top-up is €120 for studies and €20 for work placements.

If you are a student who requires additional support or has a disability, there is also additional financial support through the programme. Contact us by emailingstudyabroad@port.ac.uk to find out more.

When you apply for your Erasmus+ eligibility and funding, we'll need your bank details. If you open a bank account in your destination country (European accounts only) and you want to receive the grant into this account, you’ll need to let us know in the first 2 weeks of your placement.

Your exact living costs will depend on the cost of living in the country and city where you’re studying, and your personal lifestyle. It's a good idea to do some of your own research – a good starting point is to check your host institution's website or to talk to your employer.

You won't pay any extra tuition fees for participating on an exchange programme. You're only liable to pay a reduced applicable fee to the University of Portsmouth.

You'll also have to pay any costs that a local student incurs. Most of the time, your host institution will provide you with a pre-arrival information guide, and a summary of the practical arrangements you'll need to make.

You can still apply for your tuition fee and maintenance loans as usual – but you must inform Student Finance England you'll be studying or working overseas.

You may also be entitled to an extra travel grant for your study abroad period. Find out more about this at the UK Government’s travel grants page. Lastly, most European countries use the Euro, but not all of them – so wherever your placement takes you, check the currency of your destination before you leave.

Permission to travel and insurance while overseas

You'll need travel insurance while you're away on your placement. Our Royal and Sun Alliance insurance covers all students and exchanges, with no additional cost to you. First, you’ll need to complete the Permission to Travel form, and download and keep the following documents:

There is a £50 policy excess.

If you don't complete the Permission to Travel form, you may not be granted permission to travel and you won't be covered by the university’s insurance during your placement.

You'll need to check that the University Insurance covers all your needs adequately – if it doesn't, you'll need to purchase additional private insurance.

For all queries about your insurance while overseas, please email insurancesupport@port.ac.uk or call +44 (0)23 9284 3308.

Additional insurance information

If you're studying PhD Legal Psychology abroad, you need additional insurance cover to meet your grant requirements. Please contact the Department of Psychology for further information.

You can find a list of risk indicators for your destination at our insurers' travel advice website, Drum Cussac (registration required). All students must check the risk indicator on this website.

If any of the risk factors for the region you're going to are listed as 'Moderate' and have a risk score of 3.00 or above, you'll need to complete a full risk assessment, to be discussed and agreed with your supervisor. Download the Risk Assessment Form (.doc) here.

You have to show that you've fully considered the risks, can make an informed decision on whether or not to travel and make sure you are aware of the steps to take in an emergency. Please note, you won't be insured to travel to the following regions:

  • Iraq
  • Nigeria – Niger Delta and north of Abuja
  • Libya
  • Afghanistan
  • Mali
  • Somalia
  • Yemen
  • Syria
  • Any other areas where the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against travel

You'll also need to download and complete a Travel Review Questionnaire for Sanctioned Territories (.doc) if you're considering travelling to one of the following countries, due to current sanctions and restrictions.

  • Ukraine (Crimea and Sevastopol)
  • Russia
  • Iran
  • Syria
  • North Korea
  • Cuba
  • Sudan
  • Venezuela

If you have any further questions or need any extra assistance, please email insurancesupport@port.ac.uk.

What do I do in a medical emergency?

The University Travel Insurance (Royal Sun Alliance) is supported by 24-hour emergency assistance operated by Healix. Call +44 (0)20 8608 4100 and quote Policy Number RTT306251. Please download a copy of the Healix Emergency Assistance Card and the Healix App and add your destination country to your watch list.

Healix will talk you through everything you need do, arrange the necessary assistance and keep in touch with you until the situation is resolved or until you return to the UK. You can ask them to call you back, which means that they will bear the cost of the call but you can't reclaim telephone costs as part of the insurance.

On your return, please notify the University Insurance Officer at insurancesupport@port.ac.uk or +44 (0)23 9284 3308. Please note, failure to contact Healix in the event of an emergency could lead to high costs being incurred, and the insurers may be entitled to reduce the amount you get, or even decline to pay.

What happens if I get caught up in a natural disaster or political uprising?

In the event of an incident like this, you should first speak to Healix, who will talk you through what to do next. You should then call the University Security Lodge on +44 (0)23 9284 3333 to confirm you're safe and to make contact with your supervisor.

Am I covered for medical expenses incurred overseas?

You're covered by insurance for emergency medical or dental expenses, but not for routine expenses or checkups.

I will be studying in the USA and my host institution has advised me to buy their Healthcare Insurance – is this correct?

Yes. While the University Travel Insurance may satisfy the J1 visa requirement, it doesn't always satisfy the US college requirements for Affordable Care Act compliant benefits, and you may not be able to waive the US college or university offering with the RSA travel insurance. You can either consider the insurance offered by your host institution, or you can use the UKiss policy. This provides wider full healthcare cover (not just emergency expenses), but you'll need to arrange and pay for this yourself.

I will be studying or working abroad in Europe and my accommodation provider has advised that I have to buy civil liability insurance. What is this?

Some European destinations insist that students purchase specific civil liability cover. This is to cover your legal liability for any damage to your accommodation. You'll need to pay for this yourself.

I need to make an insurance claim for loss of personal baggage or cancellation/curtailment – what do I do?

Please notify the Claims team at Royal and Sun Alliance on +44 (0)33 0102 4093 (lines open 9-5 Mon-Fri), or email glasgow.accidentandhealthclaims@uk.rsagroup.com. You should quote policy number RTT306251, in the name of ‘University of Portsmouth’.

If I have my own travel insurance, do I need to use the University policy?

You don't have to use the University insurance policy if you have separate insurance – but because your time abroad is part of your degree, you'll still have to go through the process and complete the Permission to Travel form. You must ensure your policy is sufficient to meet the scope of travel and activities you are planning. You can check with our team, if you’re not sure.

Am I covered for hazardous activities?

If hazardous activities are part of your study or work abroad experience, you may be covered, but don't assume that you are. So contact the University Insurance Officer to check. If you’re carrying out a hazardous activity that isn’t part of your studies, you'll need to arrange your own personal cover, at your own cost.

I want to add a few days holiday at the beginning or end of my exchange visit – am I insured?

Yes, the University insurance will cover leave days added onto your study or work abroad programme, as long as you remain in your destination country. Specific cover is as follows:

 
Length of Trip Holiday Days covered
5–12 days 2 days
13–21 days 5 days
22–35 days 8 days
36–50 days 12 days
51–65 days 16 days
66–80 days 20 days
81–100 days 23 days
101–365 days 25 days
over 365 days 28 days

I have a pre-existing medical condition. Am I still covered by the University Insurance policy?

The University policy does not exclude pre-existing medical conditions but it does exclude travelling against the advice of your medical practitioner. If you’re not sure if that applies to you, contact your GP to check that you’re able to travel. It’s also important that you discuss any special needs and requirements you may have, with your supervisor.

Where do I find specific travel health advice and vaccination requirements?

Please contact your GP or check the NHS travel advice pages.

Things to remember

  • Currency: Most European countries have introduced the Euro (€) but not all of them. You can check the currency you'll need on the Europa website.
  • Adaptors: Remember to check which type of adaptor you'll need when you're abroad. European electrical adaptors are 2-pin plugs, so if you're taking any devices with British electrical plugs, make sure you buy at least two electrical travel plug adaptors.
  • Metric system: Make yourself familiar (if you're not already) with the metric system. The UK is the only European country that uses the Imperial system.
  • Health cover: As an EU/EEA student you're entitled to reduced-cost treatments in all the European Union (EU) countries. Travellers to Europe should carry an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). To apply for the card, either call +44 (0)84 5606 2030 or apply online.

Things to do before you go

  • Get a map and directions for the places you're going in your first few days. Have the address of your accommodation written down in the local language. Keep safe any useful numbers you might need, such as a local taxi company and your University contacts
  • Check if there's an orientation programme or welcoming session with the host institution's International Office. They may also have housing information too (if you haven't got a place already)
  • Get an EHIC card. As an EU or EEA citizen you are entitled to reduced cost or free medical treatment within the Eurozone
  • Consider getting an International Student Identity Card (ISIC). This is not the same card as the NUS. With the ISIC card you'll benefit from cheaper flights. For more information, please visit the ISIC website or if you're in Portsmouth, visit STA travel in Edinburgh Road
  • Keep a copy of your passport separate from the original in case something goes wrong
  • Don't take unnecessary cards or papers with you that can't be used abroad
  • Make sure you have sufficient funds for the first couple of weeks while you're there
  • Keep a contact book in case you lose your phone. It can happen, and you don't want to lose any important contacts
  • Make sure you've got enough supplies of prescription medications you are taking

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