Millie Broad on Beach in NZ

Study Abroad

Our history students have the opportunity to spend a term or an academic year in one of our many partner universities overseas.

Our students usually embark on this adventure in their second year. You can choose to study in the United States, Australia, Canada, or New Zealand under the study abroad scheme, or in Europe within the Erasmus+ programme.

It's a great opportunity to gain valuable cultural experience and make friendships in leading universities beyond Europe, such as the University of Wisconsin, Monash University, University of British Columbia, and Victoria University of Wellington; and within Europe, such as the Free University of Amsterdam, Free University of Berlin, Ruhr-University Bochum, KU Leuven, University of Copenhagen, and University of Vienna.

Our European partners have been carefully selected to allow you to study predominantly in English, while nevertheless gaining valuable language skills. This global experience is great value, since there are no additional fees in the study abroad scheme, and the Erasmus+ programme even comes with a monthly stipend and a fees reduction at home.

I studied at the University of Wollongong, Australia

Studying abroad is a great way to give yourself a university experience that you will never forget. In my second year of university, I studied at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

 Wollongong is a small beach city located south of Sydney on the east coast of Australia. It provided the perfect location for my study abroad as it was a small city with close connects to Sydney, so it was the perfect base for travelling!

 The Politics and History modules that I studied abroad gave me access to content that I wouldn’t otherwise have access to, including Australian politics and Aboriginal history.  Yet my time abroad wasn’t all about studies - I was able to make a new group of friends from all around the world and even travel so some of the most amazing and unforgettable places including the Great Barrier Reef!

 With a great Global Experiences and History department to keep me up-to-date with what I should be doing during my time abroad, there was no need to worry about feeling unprepared on my return to Lancaster for my final year of studies.

 If you’re looking for a unique experience to enhance your career prospects and university time, then you should choose to study abroad!

 Maneesha Kanwar, third-year History and Politics student, 2018

Maneesha Kanwar
Maneesha Kanwar
Lucy Curtis
Lucy Curtis

An experience I will treasure

I thought long and hard about whether to study abroad and can say without any hesitation it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. After spending a year in the Danish capital, it is easy to see why it is considered one of the happiest nations in the world. Copenhagen is an amazing, multi-faceted city: from the colourful streets in Nyhavn to the bright lights of Tivoli. But what will stay with me the most are the people who were without exception helpful, charming and engaging (as well as speaking the most amazing English!).

I shared a flat with two Australians, an American, a Czech, and a Dane, which in itself was a great experience. I left a year later with five great friends amongst many others. Copenhagen is a brilliant hub for travel. Sweden was just a 30-minute train ride away from where I lived and there are plenty of affordable travel links which I used to explore much of Scandinavia and the Netherlands. It’s a city where you really must cycle and if I was to give one piece of advice: buy a bike! The University encourages you to learn and travel with organised day excursions to places like Kronborg Castle, Ladby and Dragør in order to expand your appreciation and understanding of this fascinating country.

There is a vast array of history modules (taught in perfect English) and in state-of-the-art facilities in a university renowned for pioneering research. The academic and learning opportunities at the University of Copenhagen were first class and, coupled with the great support network in the History Department at Lancaster, I am well prepared for the last year of my degree.

Although this experience will be great for my future career prospects it was also about enjoying myself, embracing a new culture and personal growth. It is an opportunity that I will treasure looking back over my time at University.

Lucy Curtis, third-year History student, 2018

 

One of the best decisions I ever made

Studying abroad was an experience I will never forget (and would love to do again). I studied for a year at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (Aotearoa).

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, is a beautiful city in the south of the North Island; known for its café culture, its beautiful scenic routes and its museums. I also had the opportunity to travel around in the mid-term break. Travelling was a fantastic experience and I went to places including Abel Tasman National Park, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown...and many others. I made friends for life in Wellington and I am in contact with all of them today.

Studying history in New Zealand enriched my knowledge of world history, enhancing my knowledge of other cultures and languages, particularly Māori culture. Studying history in New Zealand has also opened my eyes to the very different ways of thinking about History. The modules I studied in Wellington included the social and political history of New Zealand, Australian and Pacific history.

This has been an experience which I wish I could repeat. My location was further away than other study-abroad students; however, the new knowledge, experience and friends, as well as the ability to live independently, outweighs the distance. This was a lifetime experience I will never forget, which I feel everyone should look in to and apply for.

Millie Broad, third-year student, 2018.

 

Millie Broad
Millie Broad
Nicki Smith
Nicki Smith

Freie Universität Berlin

Arriving in Berlin three months ago, I felt overwhelmed and quite frankly daunted by the prospect of spending a year in a city I had never even visited before. Simply navigating myself from the airport to my accommodation was a monumental task in itself, especially with my severely limited German language skills! Fortunately, my initial trepidation was short-lived, and Berlin has now come to feel like my second home, full of great friends and experiences.

Of course, the main reason I came to Berlin was to study. As part of the Erasmus+ programme, I was given the opportunity to spend my second year studying at Freie Universität Berlin, a well-respected institution that was established during the early Cold War period – a fascinating place for any history student to study at. The international nature of the university meant that the transition was much easier than I expected. It has a fantastic network of international study advisors, who have helped me with academic and personal queries (and thankfully all speak perfect English!). Although the academic routine is somewhat different to the UK, it has allowed me to develop lots of new skills. The flexibility and range of study options has also greatly broadened my history knowledge, and I have already studied topics ranging from environmental history to the history of feminism.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, my time in Berlin hasn’t been all studying. Although I didn’t know anyone in Berlin when I arrived, joining a number of international and social clubs has been a great way to make friends to explore the city with. From 80s nightclubs, flea markets, infamous kebab stalls, and of course museums, my time in Berlin has been varied. I recently read that Berlin has more museums than it does rainy days in a year (and it rains quite a lot), and it’s my aim to visit as many of these museums as possible…

Nicki Smith, currently studying in Berlin