Withdrawal policy

Students who withdraw from the study abroad programme may be subject to a charge.  

Students who secure a study abroad place but subsequently withdraw from the study abroad programme after the specified withdrawal deadline and before taking up their placement abroad, will be charged £100 except in exceptional circumstances for which supporting evidence will be required. Withdrawals must be made in writing by email to the Study Abroad Office. This policy applies to open exchange, subject-based exchange and Horizon exchange destinations. Withdrawals are final and cannot be reversed. 

Important: Failure to pay the withdrawal fee when instructed to do so will result in the debt being added to your university account. 

Exceptional circumstances that would normally waive the withdrawal fee include:

  • personal illness preventing travel (eg doctor’s note)
  • health concerns relating to travel to the destination country
  • illness of close family member/partner
  • bereavement 
  • extreme changes in circumstances between the date of application and date of withdrawal (eg financial problems due to a close family member being made redundant)
  • withdrawal for academic reasons (eg School withdrawing support for the application due to unsatisfactory academic performance)
  • war, or other civil unrest in the destination country 
  • prolonged industrial action in the destination country
  • travel restrictions preventing travel to the destination country
  • students on a compulsory language study abroad programme