Study Abroad Programme

We are delighted that you are interested in Brunel University London as your study abroad destination!

Study Abroad Programme Brochure


The Study Abroad Programme is ideal for undergraduate students from outside the UK who want to spend a period of time studying in the UK, earning credits to transfer back to their home institution. The Programme is taught at levels 1 and 2, and is suited to students who have completed their sophomore year or first 2 years of a 4 year degree programme. Modules are available across most disciplines and are part of the regular undergraduate curriculum enabling study abroad students to study alongside UK-based home students.

An agreement between Brunel University London and your home university is not necessary. Students are able to apply from any university as fee-paying students.


Junior Year Abroad

A Junior Year Abroad (JYA) is one academic year of study, from September to the end of May in the following calendar year. It consists of three terms; two teaching periods of 12 weeks each (Autumn and Spring) and the Summer period of revision and exams. This option is the most flexible and gives you a choice (subject to timetabling and prerequisites) of almost all undergraduate degree modules in Levels 1 and 2, from a range of Arts, Social Sciences, and Sport Sciences disciplines.

Autumn or Spring Term Abroad

The Autumn Term option runs for the 12 weeks of the first term from late September to mid December. The Spring Term option begins in January and runs for the 12 weeks of the second term, followed by the Summer period of revision and exams. For international students who are unable to study abroad for a full academic year, this option offers the possibility of study for a shorter period of time from a more limited range of existing single term modules in Levels 1 and 2.

Junior Year Abroad plus English

JYA + English is for students who require intensive English language preparation before beginning study at Brunel University London. This programme is designed to meet the needs of students from countries such as Japan where the academic year begins in April. We are able to match individual backgrounds and abilities to appropriate levels of study.

JYA + English begins in late April or early May and incorporates an initial period of English language study with the International Pathways & Language Centre (IPLC) before leading on to incorporate the two main academic terms. Students who meet the required level of English can take modules starting in September. The year programme (JYA + English) finishes at the end of March in the following year while a shorter programme (Term I + English) ends in mid-December.

NB: JYA + English students must attend and successfully complete pre-sessional classes and meet the English language criteria for the academic programme in which they intend to enrol. Those who do not meet the criteria must continue with an additional English language programme until December and register for Spring term modules in January (Term II + English) where appropriate.

Entry requirements

All applicants must be a current student at an overseas university or college of higher education and have completed at least one year of study at their home institution. The minimum academic requirement is a GPA of at least 2.8 out of 4.0 (or equivalent).

All students are required to meet the University’s minimum English language requirements by taking either an IELTS or another recognised English language qualification at an appropriate level, unless they are a native of an English-speaking country.

Please see table below for a minimum required level of English:

Programme English Language
Junior Year Abroad (JYA) IELTS 6.5
Autumn (Term 1) IELTS 6.5
Spring (Term 2) IELTS 6.5
JYA + English IELTS 5.0  
Term 1 + English IELTS 5.0  
Term 2 + English IELTS 4.5  

Fees and Finance

Course Fees 2016/17



Application Deadline

English Language

Course Fee

Junior Year Abroad (JYA)

September - May

30th June

IELTS 6.5 


Autumn     (Term 1)

September - December

30th June

IELTS 6.5 


Spring       (Term 2)

January - May

30th September

IELTS 6.5 


JYA + English

May - March

15th February

IELTS 5.0 


Term 1 + English

May - December

15th February



Term 2 + English

May - March

15th February

IELTS 4.5 


 * Please note the above fees are subject to change.


Santander Mobility Scholarships

The Santander Mobility Awards offer a number of £500 scholarships for study abroad students. Please read the Terms & Conditions for details. 

Application deadline: 31st May 2016   

Course Choices

The Study Abroad Programme at Brunel University London is intended to allow undergraduates at other colleges and universities an opportunity to take courses across disciplines within the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences plus Sport Sciences and Psychology from the College of Health and Life Sciences.

Please make provisional module choices from the Directory of Study Abroad Modules. You will have the opportunity to discuss your choices during the first week of term, and can alter the modules you have selected. In order to complete 60 credits per term, you would normally take 3 modules. Since some modules may not be available for you to take, we encourage you to list an additional module for each term.

NOTE: You would not actually enrol in courses until you arrive on campus, shortly before the beginning of classes. Therefore, we cannot guarantee in advance that you will be able to enrol in all of the courses you want as some of these classes may have timetable clashes. Additionally, there are prerequisites for some of these modules. Please understand that we cannot guarantee any of the modules listed in advance.

For further information on the Study Abroad Programme, please contact the Study Abroad Manager.

How to Apply

Students who are applying through an existing partnership agreement must be nominated by their home institution in order to take part in the study abroad programme. Once you have been nominated, you will be sent a link to the online application form by email.

Students who are applying to study abroad at Brunel independently should contact the Study Abroad Manager directly to receive a link to the online application form. Please let us know what you plan to study and from when to when using the module selection form below. 

In order for us to consider your application, you must also submit all the supporting documents by the deadline shown on the course fees page. Below please find list of documents required:

Please use the module selection form to make provisional module choices from the list of available modules. You will need to select 3 modules per term. We advise you to select a few alternative modules since we cannot guarantee that you will be able to register for your first choice of modules. You will be able to discuss your choices and amend your modules if necessary at registration.

Page last updated: Monday 12 September 2016