“Since arriving in Malta, my role as a journalist at Migrant Report has involved researching, writing, interviewing and fact checking new and informative content for the website. I am learning so much working in this environment.…My degree at Middlesex has introduced me to this industry, but now I am learning how to apply this knowledge in a practical way. My time here has made me very aware of the importance of first-hand experience. It takes you out of your comfort zone and challenges the experiences you have gathered through your degree.”
-Leila Osterbo, BA Journalism and Media – 2015 work placement in Malta working on the Migrant Report project at the Migrant Offshore Aid Station
A funded study exchange or work placement overseas is a great way to enhance your university experience and broaden your horizons. Additionally, taking part in such a programme increases your employability and supplements the value of your degree by exposing you to a different culture, different thinking and a different way of doing things. A broad world view demonstrates to potential employers your ability to understand other perspectives, adapt to varying environments, work with diverse teams and bring an appreciation of insights and practices outside of your own.
As well as gaining excellent experiences and expanding your social and cultural understanding, you will develop essential skills and demonstrate initiative, confidence, and self-sufficiency; all qualities employers look for.
By joining the exchange programme you may find yourself studying in the most prestigious universities in the world. You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of courses that reflect your interests, discover new teaching and study methods, improve research skills and gain a new perspective on your subject area. You may also have the opportunity to learn a new language or improve existing foreign language skills.
If you go on exchange within Europe, you will earn ECTS credits for your time spent at your host institution that will be recognised by Middlesex as part of your degree. 60 ECTS credits represent a full year of study (equivalent to 120 Middlesex University credits).
Completing a study placement as an exchange student abroad means that you do not lose time in your degree, as Middlesex finds appropriate means to register or to recognise your time spent abroad.
Employers are impressed by candidates who have studied abroad because they know that participants who have lived and studied somewhere different are flexible, show a willingness to learn, exercise great leadership skills and motivation to learn a foreign language. The exchange experience helps students to broaden their career choices allowing them to look for highly-paid jobs not only in Great Britain but also abroad.
Becoming an exchange student and learning a new language will help you develop your creativity, bring a sense of belonging to a wider global community and upgrade your communication skills. The Erasmus programme provides opportunities for you to learn a new language or improve your foreign language skills to the level of fluency. However, many of our partners in non-English speaking countries also offer courses taught in English, so you don't need foreign language skills to take part in the programme.
UK and EU students who study abroad for an academic year through the exchange programme will only pay Middlesex a tuition fee of £1,350. There are no fees to pay to the host university under the Exchange programme.
UK HE International Unit 2016 report - Gone International: the value of mobility (report on the 2013/2014 graduating cohort): http://go.international.ac.uk/gone-international-2016-value-mobility
British Council – A World of Experience: How international opportunities benefit individuals and employers, and support UK prosperity (2015): https://www.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/_a_world_of_experience.pdf
The Erasmus Impact Study - Effects of mobility on the skills and employability of students and the internationalisation of HEI (2014): http://ec.europa.eu/education/library/study/2014/erasmus-impact_en.pdf
UK Department for Business Innovation & Skills - The Wider Benefits of International Higher Education in the UK (2013): https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/240407/bis-13-1172-the-wider-benefits-of-international-higher-education-in-the-uk.pdf