Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Below you will find answers to our frequently asked questions, hopefully you will find the answers you are looking for. If once you have read through these you still have questions unanswered, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Evidence of Increased Employability: Provided that you attend fully, and complete any necessary pieces of work, your Study Abroad period will be acknowledged on your Aston final transcript and Diploma Supplement.  Studying abroad is an obvious way of enhancing your academic, personal and professional profile.  

Top Business Schools: This is your opportunity to attend another top Business School.  Please note that many of our partners are also Triple Accredited.  

Tuition-Free: All programmes are tuition free.  This is because they are based on reciprocal exchange agreements.  You will, however, need to pay for your travel and living expenses (and occasionally there are social activity fees and administrative fees - refer to the individual institution for more information).

Taught in English: All programmes offered are taught in English.  While we would encourage you as much as possible to take advantage of being in a foreign country to learn the language, all programmes were selected because they are taught and assessed entirely in English.

There is a limit to how many students we can send to each institution.  This may mean that not all students who want to take part in a study abroad period will be able to go to their preferred institution.  However, we do endeavour to place as many students as we can, through holding a second application round if possible for those not successful in the first round.  There is no penalty for applying to study abroad and not being successful, so you have nothing to lose by applying.

To be eligible to take part you need to pass all of your modules.  As you will not know the results of your Term 1 one modules until right before the application deadline, it is advisable to prepare your application in advance on the basis that you expect to pass.  If you do not pass your module/s you can then you can just not submit your application.

Study abroad is intended to develop you as a person and you should apply for schools which are not in your country of origin.

Do you have the necessary knowledge to study the modules?  Some modules or courses require a certain level of understanding beforehand, so do check whether this is the case for you, and whether you can meet those requirements.

Does your Course Director support your application and approve of your selection of modules?  As part of the application process you will need to submit a form listing the modules you are planning to take abroad which your Course Director will need to sign.

Can you afford it?  Although you do not need to pay any tuition fees, you do have to pay for visas, travel, accommodation and living costs.  This can quickly add up to a large amount of money and you need to be sure how you are going to fund yourself before applying.  Most institutions provide an idea of living costs, and you can also get an idea from the Information Sheets.

Consider your visa requirements and the visa processes in the country/ies you want to go to.  Some countries are reluctant or slow to give visas to students from certain other countries, and some countries have a very complicated visa application processes which take a lot of time and cost money.  The responsibility for understanding the relevant visa process lies with you and should be undertaken before the application is submitted, so that you are able to properly commit to your application.

Commitment is required.   It shows initiative and determination to take part in a study abroad.  This exchange opportunity has only been made possible by Aston guaranteeing that its students would take their exchange programme seriously and commit to it as fully as if it was counting towards their degree. Once a student has been nominated, courses taken at partner institutions must be completed and assessments taken.  It will be too late to send another student in your place if you drop out after being nominated, and therefore the opportunity would be lost for this year.  You must be sure that you are committed before submitting your application.

Your behaviour will reflect on Aston University and could have a direct impact on whether future students are able to take up these opportunities.  All nominated students will therefore be required to adhere to a code of conduct. Your participation on the programme will be conditional to you agreeing to abide by the rules and regulations that govern the institution you are about to visit as well as continuing to follow Aston University’s rules and regulations. Failure to uphold those rules and regulations may result in disciplinary action being taken against you.

Your participation in the exchange programme will be subject to the progress you have made on your dissertation, if you are going to be leaving the UK before submitting your dissertation (for example taking part in a Summer School or going during Term 3). We will consult your dissertation supervisor and if we are not confident that you have reached a stage allowing you to be away from Aston for several weeks, you will not be allowed to take part. It is therefore essential that you inform your supervisor as early as possible of your intentions and that you work closely together to achieve your aim. Please note that in principle no extensions to dissertation submission dates will be automatically granted on the basis of your participation in our exchange programme.

If you go on a study abroad you are also required to submit Feedback at the end of your period, to help future students, as well as complete a piece of Reflective Work.  You will also need to submit your Certificate of Registration and Learning Agreement, to show which modules you took while with the partner, and that you completed your course.  Submitting these forms does not add up to much in terms of your time, but it is vitally important to ensure that we can continue to offer these opportunities at the highest level. 

You have the choice of applying for different study periods: in Term 3, in the summer, at the end of your course (autumn term), or for a year (double degree).

1. Summer Programme / Term 3 Options

Summer Programmes / Schools: The first option is to go for a short period over the summer, usually for around two to six weeks.  These programmes are often focused on helping you learn about how business is done in a particular culture, and may include learning a language (at a very basic level) or visiting local businesses.  This type of programme is most suited to the student who wishes to work in a particular market / country, or wishes to work for a company who market themselves to a particular culture.  For example, if you want to get a job with a company who are trying to expand into China, a summer programme there would distinguish you from other candidates.   

Some summer programmes and schools have additional costs such as social programmes or business visits, which will be borne by the student.  Please ensure that you research these costs before applying.

Term 3: A few options allow you to visit a partner institution in the Spring, during your Term 3 at Aston.  Any modules you do during this time will not count towards your Aston masters degree but are additional.  You will be responsible for ensuring that you are able to keep up with your dissertation work while you study abroad, as dissertation extensions are not given as a matter of course (but requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis). 

2. Autumn Term

Another option is to attend a term as a full time student at one of the institutions.  You would complete your studies at Aston first and then leave the following autumn.  This allows you to take modules not available at Aston which you feel will significantly add to your understanding and employability.  Most of our partner institutions offer this type of exchange, so you will need to do research into each institution's reputation and specialities to find out which place suits you best.

If you wish to study in a particular term, you can see which institutions offer this to you by reading the text under each title in the 'Where Can I Go In... (End Of Course Options)?' folder.

3.  Double Degree

Finally, you can apply to be nominated for a double degree course.  This is perhaps the most exciting opportunity, as you are able to achieve a full MSc degree at a partner institution, with no extra tuition fees.  Double degree options are all located in France.  In some cases you are required to obtain a specific GMAT score and in most cases you have to reach a certain grade point average before being accepted.

You would need to complete additional administrative processes and ensure that you pass at least two courses at the host institution, gaining a minimum of 10 ECTS credits.

Please read the information in the BPG125 Professional Development Programme folder if you would like to use your study abroad to count towards fulfilling your PDP.

Please attach this form to your Study Abroad applications if you wish to complete Stream One as part of your PDP.