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International exchange

Birkbeck has a number of partnerships with universities worldwide, enabling our students to live and study abroad. 

Find out more about the Europe-wide Erasmus student exchange scheme

Department of History, Classics and Archaeology 

  • PhD research students in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology can visit: 
    • Columbia University, USA
    • Queen's University, Canada
    • Università di Pisa
    • University of Verona
    • European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy (one-term exchange, preferably Autumn or Spring term). 
  • If you are interested in applying to the scheme, speak to your supervisor (students interested in visiting EUI should ). 
  • PhD students from these institutions can also apply to spend part of their studies at Birkbeck. 
  • If you are a PhD research student at an institution not listed here, and you would benefit from visiting Birkbeck, please  

School of arts

  • The Cultures and Languages Summer School Programme offers you the opportunity to study abroad for a short period, to improve your language skills and enjoy new cultural experiences. The programme enables you to study your chosen language, interact with international students from around the world, and attend events and socialise.  
  • Students must apply independently and will be responsible for paying course fees, accommodation and living expenses unless a student is entitled to a scholarship. Most institutions will accredit you for your completed project, however, these credits do not count towards your overall Birkbeck degree.
  • In conjunction with our partner institutions, we offer a number of courses over the summer: 
    • Universität Bremen, Germany: The University of Bremen is one of Germany’s top eleven universities of excellence and is renowned for its reputation as the science centre of Northern Germany. If you're interested in this course, learn more or contact .
    • Universite de Catholique Lyon, France: Université Catholique de Lyon, France is home to the French Language and Culture Institute which specialises in teaching non-native speakers French through a range of programmes they offer.
    • Centre International d'Etudes de Langues de Strasbourg, France: The CIEL is a department of the Chamber of Commerce of Strasbourg and was created to promote the French language via modular-style courses of either two or four weeks. Strasbourg is located on the border of France and Germany, so the cultural activities will have both French and German influences. 
    • Ochanomizu University, Japan: The Ochanomizu University was founded in 1875 as Japan's first higher education institution for women. The Japanese Summer Programme is aimed at students already learning the Japanese language. Both men and women can participate. Courses enable students to learn the Japanese language or study Japanese culture and society in English.
    • Fundacion de la Lengua Espanola, SpainThe Fundacion de la langua Espanola (The Foundation for the Spanish Language) is a private language institution in Valladolid, created to promote the language and culture of Spain. The Foundation offers basic, intermediate and advanced Spanish courses.
  • If you have any questions about study abroad programmes within the School of Arts, please email us.