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Why go global?

According to the British Council and The Higher Education Funding Council for England data, gaining international experience supports the development of skills and competencies and may enhance your employability.

Students with international experience also often achieve higher starting salaries, develop the global skills employers require and achieve better career progression. Studying and/or working abroad can develop your transversal skills such as an ability to take initiative and working with people from other cultures. Employers are looking for these skills when recruiting, so this can increase your chances of success at interview after your studies. 


Experience different cultures

You will be living within a different culture – take the opportunity to eat the local cuisine, find out where the locals go for entertainment and see some of the sites that define where you are.


Explore new places

Whilst you are away, why not take the opportunity to see as much as you can in the country you’re visiting. Some of our students who go to Europe even use it as an opportunity to travel to other countries nearby.

Expand your network globally

You’ll meet so many new people, other students and friends! Depending on the type of experience you choose, you could make professional contacts as well.


Enhance your employability

Students who go abroad are 10% more likely to be in ‘Graduate’ jobs and 7% higher average wage earners 6 months after graduation compared to those who don’t.

Evolve your skills

Your communication skills in particular will evolve, but you will also become more adaptable to different ways of working and living situations – not to mention the knowledge you’ll gain about where you choose to go.

Enrich your experience

Experiencing a new culture can help you to develop your confidence and be more aware of the world around. What’s more, you will learn the values of other cultures and be more open to new ideas.

Student experiences

Law Course Introduction

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science students' trip to Barcelona


Find out what happened when our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science students visited a number of universities in Barcelona via our global connections.

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Law Course Introduction

British University Vietnam (BUV)


Chris Jeffrey, Chief Academic Officer at our partner, British University Vietnam highlights the amazing opportunities available to Staffordshire University students in Hanoi.

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in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021