When and where to travel

Picking when and where you want to study overseas will be two of the biggest decisions you will make, so it’s important to consider your options carefully. To make your selection a little bit easier, we’ve come up with a list of things you may want to consider.

Selecting a date and destination is a very personal process, and will depend on your selected program, time restraints and personal preference.

It is always a good idea to research a variety of options, as the first destination that comes to mind may not be the one that offers the best experience for you. You also need to consider not only the countries, but the number of host institutions located in each.

Similarly, having some flexibility in the time you would like to go will open up many opportunities and help to build an unforgettable experience.

Keep in mind

Start and end times for semesters vary in some destinations. This may affect how long you have to complete your application or which destinations are a viable option for you. Different programs have different due dates, so allow yourself plenty of time to complete the application process.

If you are planning to be overseas in the final semester of your degree, there may be delays to your graduation.

Deciding where to study

Things to consider

  • What is your main motivation for studying overseas?
  • Do you plan on doing any personal travel while you’re away?
  • Do you have family overseas?
  • Are you interested in exploring your family history?
  • Do you have a must-see destination?

By considering these questions, you’ll start to formulate an idea of the destinations that interest you. Your main motivation is particularly important, as those looking to explore family roots will vary to those looking for host institutions that excel in their field of study. Keep an open mind and research a number of options before making your final decision.


"Most students tend to overlook countries in Asia, but I think there’s plenty of things to see and do, even in a small country like Singapore."

– Luke


"For my semester abroad, I really wanted to go to the UK. My immediate thoughts were to go to London. I stumbled across St Andrews one day when I was doing a search on the Programs Database and I was hooked."

– Emily

Working out when to go

Things to consider

  • When can you fit overseas study into your course?
  • How long do you have to complete your application?
  • How long do you want to go for?
  • Is weather a factor for you?
  • Do you have other commitments that you need to work around?

It is highly recommended that you leave plenty of time to thoroughly research, plan and complete an application for overseas study. Application dues dates are something you should consider as early as possible before you make a decision. Different programs will have different time frames, which you can see in the section below.


"I have gone to university wearing five layers of clothing and still shivering, bright-eyed with wonder as I watch snow falling in the middle of an urban street."

– Amy


"It is not as cold in St Andrews as you might think. It is still cold for those of us who are not used to European winters, however it is nothing a big jacket, scarf and beanie can’t fix."

– Emily