Where do you want to go?

There are many universities to choose between when you have to plan your semester abroad. To make it more manageable it might be a good idea to consider how a stay abroad fits into your future study and career plans and what you expect to gain from your stay abroad.

  • Profile: How will it stand out on your diploma that you have chosen a particular university or certain subjects? You can give your education a very special toning or profile by choosing a university that offers courses or fields of study that you cannot get elsewhere. There may also be universities among AU's partners who have specialists and leading researchers in exactly the subject area that interests you.
  • Career: Your stay abroad can be translated into important competencies on your resume. Taking a leap into the world demonstrates maturity and initiative. Having completed a semester abroad means that you have gained a very special insight into your host country, just as you will have acquired intercultural and linguistic competencies that both you and a future employer can benefit from.
  • Language: Think about which language you would like to improve, but also consider taking subjects in English in countries where English is not the first language - e.g. in Eastern Europe, the Netherlands, Belgium, India or Singapore.
  • Geography: Many people choose their host university according to geography, but remember not only to consider popular countries like Australia, USA and England. Knowledge of a smaller country in Europe or of countries in Asia or the Middle East can prove very valuable in a future job. 

There are many universities to choose between when you have to plan your semester abroad. To make it more manageable it might be a good idea to consider how a stay abroad fits into your future study and career plans and what you expect to gain from your stay abroad.

  • Profile: How will it stand out on your diploma that you have chosen a particular university or certain subjects? You can give your education a very special toning or profile by choosing a university that offers courses or fields of study that you cannot get elsewhere. There may also be universities among AU's partners who have specialists and leading researchers in exactly the subject area that interests you.
  • Career: Your stay abroad can be translated into important competencies on your resume. Taking a leap into the world demonstrates maturity and initiative. Having completed a semester abroad means that you have gained a very special insight into your host country, just as you will have acquired intercultural and linguistic competencies that both you and a future employer can benefit from.
  • Language: Think about which language you would like to improve, but also consider taking subjects in English in countries where English is not the first language - e.g. in Eastern Europe, the Netherlands, Belgium, India or Singapore.
  • Geography: Many people choose their host university according to geography, but remember not only to consider popular countries like Australia, USA and England. Knowledge of a smaller country in Europe or of countries in Asia or the Middle East can prove very valuable in a future job. 

Next steps

Find information about AU's partner universities in the database in MoveON, AUs new Study Abroad information and application system.The database is updated in the month prior to the application period, which is 1 November - 1 December for the coming academic year and 1 April - 1 May for the spring semester in the coking academic year. Once you have viewed the available seats in the database you apply via the application portal in MoveON.