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  • Study and work abroad


    • Give your CV the wow factor
    • Build your skills and confidence
    • Expand your knowledge of other cultures
    • Visit some amazing places

    Going on exchange - studying abroad for one or two semesters - is not just a highlight of many people’s time at uni but a life-changing experience.

    Brookes offers a wide range of destinations, a dedicated team who will support you right through the process and a vibrant student society. Everyone who has gone on exchange comes back with unforgettable memories – here are just a few.

  • Building a sense of self-belief

    Lola Leach

    Lola Leach always knew she wanted to do a placement abroad - it was one of the reasons she chose Oxford Brookes.

    Lola worked at Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler, Canada for a year in 2011/12 and then studied at Curtin University in Perth, Australia for five months in 2013.

    "Working at a luxury hotel in Canada brought a mix of benefits and challenges. I gained skills such as attention to detail, people management, and the ability to quickly learn from mistakes - all of which are needed for my current role at one of the best 5* hotels in Scotland.

    I achieved my goal of a 2:1 because I finally started to believe I could do it. This belief was derived from my international experiences.

    On exchange in Australia I took on the challenge of an entirely new learning environment. I got recognised for my ideas and skills - as well as developing new ones I never knew existed!

    Getting my highest ever grade for an essay, 89%, and receiving glowing reviews on TripAdvisor for 'providing excellent customer service', at one of Canada's best hotels, are both achievements I'm proud of."

    Lola studied International Hospitality and Tourism Management, graduating in 2014.

  • Life-changing experiences

    Elena studied abroad at Mahidol University in Thailand and Macquaire University in Australia. The experience set her off on a path to become president of the Erasmus and Exchange Student Network at Brookes, then president of the UK Network, and now president of Brookes' Students' Union.


    "I made some friends for life, went on some incredible adventures, and had an eye-opening academic experience too. As an International Business Management student, I got to analyse local businesses and help them thrive in environments so different to what I’d seen before. It taught me a lot about how to adapt businesses around the world to work with the culture, environment, and psychology of different countries.

    It was fascinating to see examples of what you’re learning based in Asia and Australia, rather than Europe. It also helped me decide on my future ambition to study for a master’s in Business Psychology.

    When I returned from my exchange I went on to become the president of the Erasmus and Exchange Student Network (ESN) society at Brookes and shortly after became the president of the network for the whole of the UK branch. Dealing with the Students' Union also led me to becoming the Vice President for societies for a year and I am now about to start my second year as President!

    All in all, going on exchange has changed my life in every possible way. Having worked with so many exchange students, I have never met a single person who has regretted taking part in the programme. There are challenges, but you’ll learn so much about yourself and the world around you...it's so worth it! "

    Elena Saldana Quintans, graduated from Brookes in 2015

  • Creative career connections

    "When I went on exchange to the Vilnius Academy of Fine Art, Lithuania, I had no idea what to expect.


    Vilnius was very academically rigorous. I learnt a lot in a short space of time.

    The best times I had were being part of an artistic community there. There was a real extended Erasmus* family too. With regular club nights and lots of chances to meet students from other courses and universities.

    As Lithuania is a small country, and we were in the capital, it was very easy to meet high profile people. I made some important career connections to galleries and writers in Lithuania, so the exchange has given me opportunities to exhibit and publish internationally in a way that would have been impossible.

    I definitely gained a lot of self-confidence and proactivity - if something needs doing, do it now and do it yourself!

    I would definitely recommend this to other students. There is no other time in your life that you can do something like this, you'd be crazy not to!"

    Emma Mayoux-Andrews, Fine Art. Went to Vilnius Academy of Fine Art, Lithuania 2012/13. *The Erasmus Work Placement programme is a European initiative developed to promote work placements in European countries.

  • Build your experience

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