Studying abroad and student exchange is for everyone!

17 November 2021

A student stands on a rock overlooking a city skyline at sunrise

Studying abroad for a semester or a year opens the door to exciting experiences and so much more!

The Brookes Global Exchanges Team outlines the options and benefits of studying abroad and the funding options available to support you during that time.

What are my studying abroad options?

There are three study abroad options available:

Why should I study or work abroad?

Studying abroad helps you to gain a wealth of experiences including:

  • developing new transferable skills
  • gaining international experience
  • improving your employability and enhancing your CV
  • developing a range of soft skills, such as problem solving and working with others
  • enhancing your language skills
  • developing your intercultural understanding.

Still unsure? Watch and listen to what students have to say about studying abroad!

Where are Oxford Brookes’ exchange partners?

Oxford Brookes has over 150 exchange agreements worldwide including Australia, countries across Europe and Asia, and the USA. Explore our exchange partners webpage for all your options.

What are the funding options and what do they cover?

There are a range of study abroad options available to you and so we encourage you to have a chat with the Global Exchanges Team if you are unsure as to which one is best for you.

Turing Scheme

The Turing Scheme provides funding for students studying in the UK to undertake periods of study or work placements across the world.

Oxford Brookes currently has funding for our students on the following programmes and will be expanding this range of opportunities in future: students undertaking an international work placement as part of their studies at OBU; students taking part in an exchange to non-European partners and Japanese Studies students studying for a year in a Japanese university.

Turing Scheme funding covers:

  • Cost of living - the amount depends on destination and length of activity,
  • Additional funding (cost of living) for students from household income of less than £25,000,
  • Travel costs for students from household income of less than £25,000,
  • Additional costs for students from household income of less than £25,000, such as passport and visa costs.


Students interested in studying at European destinations are able to apply for funding through the Erasmus+ programme. This scheme will be fully replaced by the Turing Scheme in 2023/24.

Erasmus+ funding covers:

  • Grant towards the cost of living - the amount depends on destination and length of activity,
  • Additional funding for students with a severe disability or exceptional special needs,
  • Full details on the Erasmus+ Information for participants webpage.

Interested - what next?

Contact the Brookes Global Exchanges Team for an informal chat or more information on your options:

Drop-in sessions

  • Every Tuesday
  • 10.00am - 12noon
  • Enquiries Centre, near to Reception, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

Online meetings