Portsmouth students enjoy studying abroad

InternationalStaff and students at the University of Portsmouth are making the most of studying abroad, the latest figures released by the Erasmus UK National Agency have revealed, meaning the University of Portsmouth is maintaining its high-ranking position among UK institutions for Erasmus activity.

Joe Docherty, International Director at the University, said: “Students are increasingly aware that studying or working abroad is an invaluable experience – it improves confidence and makes them more appealing to future employers.  We would like to see even more of our students taking advantage of study and work abroad opportunities and are working hard to expand these in as many areas as possible.

“In addition, receiving students from abroad means that Portsmouth students, and the city as a whole, benefit from different cultures and ways of thinking.  We are very proud to send our staff and students abroad to spread the word about what a progressive and friendly place the University of Portsmouth is.”

According to the most recent figures, which correspond to the 2012/13 academic year, Portsmouth students from a variety of subject areas including languages, business, architecture and biology, took part in 238 Erasmus study or work placements across Europe.

This places the University in the top 20 UK institutions for the number of outbound students – one of only two post-92 universities. In addition, members of staff participated in 57 Erasmus-funded teaching or training placements at partner institutions across Europe, the third highest number among all UK institutions.

University of Portsmouth students have studied or worked in locations as diverse as Turkey, Slovenia, Finland and Martinique.

The Erasmus+ programme was launched in January 2014, expanding opportunities for universities to engage in international activities and partnerships.  The Erasmus+ programme, funded by the European Commission, allows students on eligible courses to choose to study or work in any of the participating countries from two to 12 months during their studies, or attend a graduate traineeship for the same duration.

More information on the new Erasmus+ programme can be found here.

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