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Why should you go abroad?

Reasons and advantages for going abroad. Student testimonies from uB students abroad and internationals at uB.

First of all, reflect on what it is you would like to do on a university level: what type of study? Which specialization? Up to what academic level? – and then see how you can integrate an international dimension into your course, keeping in mind that you can carry out multiple international moblities during your studies : different exchange programmes, work experiences... Each decision must be made in agreement with your responsible academic advisor/exchange coordinator.

  • An exciting opportunity that will develop you both personally and professionally, rendering you even more responsible and independent with a different outlook on the world.
  • An opportunity to discover another culture and another system: be it educational, professional, political or societal.
  • A chance to meet people from all over the world and to enjoy numerous intercultural experiences.
  • Undeniable linguistic progress.
  • An asset to have on your CV. Be aware that as more and more people go abroad, it will no longer be just an asset to have a period of international mobility but a necessity. The more international mobilities you have completed, the better your CV will be. So make the most of the different options offered by the uB and go abroad!

  • Not a waste of time: provided that you have validated the required amount of ECTS credits at your partner university, uB will recognise your study period carried out abroad.
  • No registration fees at the partner university: you only pay registration fees at the uB and are exempt from paying any academic, exam, laboratory access and library access fees at the partner university. However, some basic costs (administrative, societies, health insurance, transport...) may be asked for by the host university. Some agreements, such as those with the USA, may still require you to pay a percentage of the costs. Before applying, find out more precise details of each agreement through the relevant exchange coordinator.
  • If you are registered in a study programme at the end of which you will receive a double or triple diploma, you will study at several universities but only pay the registration fee at uB. On finishing, you will receive a degree from each university where you have studied, making it even more valuable than just a simple exchange programme.

  • Why even apply? It's only the very best tier of students that get to go abroad!

False. The aim of uB is that each student can go abroad at least once throughout their university experience, be it for an exchange or internship. Many faculties allow all students who regularly validate their semester to go abroad. It's not only for the ''very best''.

  • Oh but I can't go, I'm not very good at languages.

If you have the basics to get by from day to day, go on and go for it! You are not required to be bilingual in order to leave: one of the purposes of going abroad is to improve your language level. Have confidence, apply and it's your coordinator (teacher at uB in charge of the agreement with your chosen partner university) who will decide if your language capabilities alongside your personal project will allow you to validate your period abroad. Don't forget that within a few weeks upon arriving your language level will evolve rapidly.

  • I'd love to go to Korea but I don't speak Korean.

It's not always necessary to speak the language of the country you'd like to go to because at our partner universities many of the lessons are often carried out in English!

  • I don't want to have to retake my year at uB after my exchange period.

If you validate all subjects at the partner university and obtain the sufficient number of ECTS credits: it is not a waste of time, uB will validate the credits from your exchange and you will have your uB diploma at the end of the university year, provided you pass all exams.

  • But it's only languages students that can go abroad.

False. uB has more than 800 cooperation agreements covering all the disciplines. Each student at uB has the opportunity to go abroad, no matter what they study. And even if it's not possible to go abroad within the frame of an exchange due to the way your study programme is organised at uB, don't forget that you can still do an internship abroad!

  • It's already hard to study in France, so how on earth am I going to study in a foreign language which is neither French nor English... I'm really worried that I won't validate my year!

If you work regularly, join in during classes and make the necessary effort, you should pass your year. After some weeks of adjusting, you will quickly get used to the new language at the institution. It's about finding the right balance between your studies and free time. If you really feel concerned that you are going to struggle to pass your year, speak to your coordinator at uB and at your host university in order to find a solution before it's too late. Finally, it's always possible to end your mobility abroad and to finish your semester in France without being penalized. To reassure you, it's worth noting that there are very few students who do not pass their year abroad. If you are struggling to pass whilst in France, the exchange coordinators will knowingly not let you go abroad to prevent you from facing such a situation. But if you regularly pass your semesters in France, there's no reason that you won't be eligible for international mobility – don't put up barriers for yourself, apply to go and your coordinator or whoever is responsible for your study programme will be the judge of your capability to study abroad!

  • Robin, French. Went to South Korea on exchange, is still there and has become a model and TV star.
  • Morgane, French. Went to the USA for a year during her bachelor degree, then worked in international relations in a French university. Following this, she carried out another Erasmus exchange in Sweden within the second year of her master's degree, then went to Canada with a work visa for a year and is currently in Argentina.
  • Claire, French. Went to Brussels through the Erasmus programme and then worked in international relations of a French university. Following this, she landed a job in Cambodia working for the Ministry where she is responsible for French-Cambodian double diplomas.
  • Katarzyna, Poland. Erasmus in Norway during her bachelor degree where she met her French partner then did a master's degree in France. Currently, she is a civil servant for the French state.
  • Clara, Spanish. Did an Erasmus exchange in France, a two year masters in France, became a French civil service librarian and now has 2 ''Erasmus+ babies''.



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