Study Abroad Opportunities

Study abroad with UON partners

The University of Northampton partners with prestigious institutions across the world to offer students various short-term study abroad and cultural exchange opportunities. Listed below are the opportunities available to current students.

International short study programmes at UON

Are you interested in in Studying in the UK? Each of the modules included in our International Short Study Programme has specific aims and learning outcomes, allowing you to apply the skills and knowledge you develop with us to your degree at your home university. Find out more on our webpage.

Study Abroad Programmes in Japan

Why should I apply for this Study Abroad Programme in Japan?

Studying in Japan through a student exchange programme offers unparalleled cultural immersion, fostering cross-cultural communication and global understanding. Students will gain invaluable insights into Japan’s rich history, advanced technology, and unique societal traditions. This experience can enhance your adaptability as a student, along with brushing up on your language skills, broadening your global perspective, and boosting your personal and professional development.

Am I eligible to apply for this Programme?

Please view the eligibility terms and conditions for each opportunity on the partner institution’s website to see whether you would be eligible to apply. If you have any further questions about a specific programme, you can find a list of contact email addresses for our partner institutions in the Key contacts’ section. Students must organise a study break with their course tutors if the dates of the exchange programme clash with their course.

Listed below are the institutions we are partnering with in 2024:

  • Kansai University logoKansai University (KU) is one of the leading private universities in Japan. With a history of over 130 years, KU has 13 undergraduate faculties, 13 graduate schools, and 2 professional graduate schools. There are over 30,000 students enrolled at KU, with 5 campuses located in Osaka, the second largest city in Japan.

    Programme type: Summer Programme
    • Duration: 4 weeks in July and August
    • Start date: TBC
    • Number of student places available: Up to 2.
    • Fees: Tuition fee between 250,000-450,000 Yen. Travel, accommodation and expenses also not included.

    Key contact: short_term@ml.kandai.jp

  • Showa Women's University logoShowa Women’s University (SWU), founded in 1920, is one of the most globalized women’s colleges in Japan. It is a liberal arts college with approximately 6,000 students studying across 6 undergraduate faculties, and more than 120 students enrolled in 2 graduate schools. Since 2019, SWU shares its campus with Temple University Japan Campus, realizing a real global campus. With its motto ‘Be a Light to the World’, SWU continues to nurture female graduates who play significant roles in the global society.

    Programme type: SWU Summer International Program (SSIP)
    • Duration: 4 weeks
    • Start date: 17 June 2024
    • Number of student places available: 4
    • Fees: Free tuition and accommodation (travel and expenses not included)

    Read the SSIP 2019 programme blog

    Programme type: SWU Academic Program/Intensive Japanese Language Program
    • Duration: 4 weeks
    • Start date: 10 April 2024
    • Number of student places available: 4
    • Fees: Fee paying

    Key contact: inbound@swu.ac.jp

  • Eikei University logoEikei University of Hiroshima is a ’22nd Century-type University’ that will deliver change makers who will positively change society. They nurture practical skills to change society and globally recognized cultural skills so that students can design a future map for the century ahead.

    Programme type: One Semester (over two quarters)
    • Duration: 3 – 6 months
    • Start date: October or January – dates TBC
    • Number of student places available: 1
    • Fees: Free tuition (travel, accommodation and expenses not included)

    Download the Eikei University’s brochure

    Key contact: intlaffairs@eikei.ac.jp

    Student Story – Nanami Fukutaka

    Nanami Fukutaka profile

    Nanami Fukutaka recently spent a seminar studying at UON as part of the exchange programme with Eikei University. Find out about her experiences of the programme.

  • Ohkagakuen University logoOhkagakuen University is located near Nagoya, in the centre of Japan, and is one hour from Chubu International Airport. The campus is in a convenient location to visit the traditional Edo-Era street, Arimatsu, Toyota, and the World Cosplay Summit.

    Programme type: Summer Programme
    • Duration: 3-4 weeks
    • Start date: 15 July 2024
    • Number of student places available: 6-8
    • Fees: Fee paying

    Find out more about Ohkagakuen University’s Summer programme

    Key contact: ikawa@ohkagakuen-u.ac.jp

  • Nagoya Foreign Studies University (NUFS) logo

    Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS) is the only university specialising in international studies and foreign languages education in the Chubu (Central) Region of Japan.

    Programme type: One semester
    • Duration: 3 months
    • Start date: 12 April 2024
    • Number of student places available: 4
    • Fees: Free tuition (travel, accommodation and other expenses not included)

    Find out more about NUFS’s exchange programme

    Key contact: asae@nufs.ac.jp

Global opportunities – funding
The UK and Erasmus+

Following the UK’s departure from the EU, and the UK Government’s decision not to join the 2021-27 Erasmus+ Programme, UON no longer has access to Erasmus+ funding to support outward student or staff mobility under the main Key Actions of the Programme.

The UK is now classed as a “non-associated third country” under Erasmus+ and as such is only eligible for a very limited number of opportunities under Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters, Jean Monnet activities and other initiatives for higher education & vocational education mobility.

Please see the European Commission’s Erasmus+ page  for full information.

More information can be found below:

The UK Turing Scheme

The UK’s Turing Scheme now offers funding opportunities to UK universities to support global study and placements (including volunteering) of between 28 days – 12 months for their current students and recent graduates.

All outward mobility is subject to the availability of funding, for which UON bids on an annual basis.

Full information can be found on the Turing Scheme website, with further information about HEI Scheme rules and funding.

Please email international@northampton.ac.uk if you would like to find out more about the Turing Scheme or international student mobility at the University of Northampton.

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