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International exchanges

Meeting diverse people from all over the world, experiencing different cultures and visiting new places – studying abroad is an exciting opportunity. It will also give you skills that are relevant not just at university but in your entire life. In today’s increasingly globalised world, whatever work you go on to do, you will likely find yourself travelling, be it for business, further study, or simply to experience other cultures. If you study abroad, you will gain skills that are transferrable to virtually any place or situation: you will be sensitive to cultural differences and better able to adapt to unfamiliar environments. Study abroad will likely improve your ability to speak another language or to learn a new one; it will also give you experience of working with non-native English speakers.

The department of Politics and History is involved in a number of international exchanges which provide Brunel students both with the chance to study abroad, and the experience of studying alongside visiting students from other countries when they are in London. Our partner institutions include the following:


  • Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Freie Universität Berlin, JFK Institute (Germany)
  • Sciences Po Rennes (France)
  • SUNY State University of New York (USA) 
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)
  • University of Helsinki (Finland)
  • University of Nottingham, Ningbo (China)


  • SUNY State University of New York (USA)
  • University of California (USA)
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)

Contact us

If you have any specific questions or would like further information about our study abroad exchange programmes, please email the International Coordinator: Dr. Filippo Del Lucchese or visit the Brunel International website.

Returning student Lamarah Williams Steele comments:

"One of the main reasons I chose to come to Brunel was because of the many opportunities to study abroad or do a work placement. For my second year, I went on exchange to our partner institution, The University of Nottingham Ningbo, in China. Ningbo, a relatively small city in Chinese terms, is located three hours south of Shanghai and 45 minutes away from Hangzhou, a place that is commonly referred to a part of ‘heaven on earth’.

My exchange in China was an eye-opening academic and cultural experience. Although at an English institution, I had the opportunity to develop a basic understanding of Mandarin as well as experience - and begin to understand - Chinese culture. As an International Politics student, I found studying international relations theory in a developing country phenomenal; it opened my mind and widened my world view. In addition to this, during Chinese New Year, I was able to travel to Japan and Malaysia, and at the end of the year spent some time in Hong Kong. China is a beautiful country, and being there on exchange was a truly amazing and enriching experience. It exceeded all of my expectations and I’ve made friends from all over the world.

It’s overwhelming to think that I have just returned from a year abroad, and despite how daunting it was initially, no words are sufficient to sum it up. While it was challenging, it was also so rewarding, and I urge everyone to make use of the opportunity".