Dr Katie Stevenson’s Erasmus exchange to Utrecht

Utrecht

Drift: the heart of the humanities at Universiteit Utrecht

In mid-October, Dr Katie Stevenson, a late medieval historian in the School of History, spent ten days on Erasmus teaching exchange to Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. Utrecht University was founded in 1636 and is one of the world’s leading institutions. Katie visited the Department of History & Art History in the Faculty of Humanities, based in Drift and opposite the University Library, an ultra-modern facility inside Louis Napoleon Boneparte’s former palace in the city.

While in Utrecht Katie taught late medieval history to undergraduate and postgraduate students and offered an individuele opdracht on chivalry and the Order of the Garter in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. Katie also gave a lecture to the departments of English, History & Art History on ‘the Battle for Arthur in Anglo-Scottish Relations, c.1500’.

The School of History at St Andrews offers postgraduate exchanges with Utrecht as part of the Erasmus scheme. Katie is the third visitor to Utrecht from St Andrews; Dr James Palmer visited on staff exchange, and his doctoral student Joanna Thornborough spent several months researching there in early 2013. Click here for more information on the Study Abroad schemes for History students.

So, you want to study abroad in … Cairo

American University CairoThe American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 and today is one of the key English-language universities in the region. It is located in the heart of the Middle East and surrounded by thousands of years of history. Alongside your studies, you can visit the Great Pyramids and Sphinx or sail down the Nile on a felucca. The AUC is a private liberal arts institution with around 5000 undergraduate and 1000 postgraduate students. The majority of the student body is Egyptian, but many other nationalities are also represented on campus. In 2008, the AUC opened a new state-of-the-art campus, moving from its downtown base to New Cairo, on the city outskirts.

Who can apply?

Students can study abroad in their Junior Honours year only. The Cairo exchange in open to eligible students in the School of History [Middle East Studies, Modern History (joint and single), History, and Mediaeval History (only joint)], and the School of Modern Languages (Arabic). Joint honours students will require the permission of the School of their other subject before they submit their application. Unless the School of their other subject has expressly permitted it, joint honours students can apply to study in Cairo for one semester only.

The deadline for next year’s programmes is Friday 22 February 2013. Please complete the  History Abroad Application Form and return electronically to the Collaborations & Study Abroad team. For more information, please visit the School’s Study Abroad website, or email Dr Kostas Zafeiris, Study Abroad Co-ordinator of the School.

So, you want to study abroad in … Oslo

oslo.jogThe University of Oslo (UiO) was founded in 1811, and is Norway’s oldest, premier, and largest institution of higher education. UiO has contributed substantially to research, innovation, and education in and outside of Norway. With around 30,000 students, 2 museums, several centres of academic excellence and five Nobel prize winners, the University ranks highly in academic excellence.

“To study in Oslo for a year was one of the best decisions I made whilst at St Andrews. It helped me decide what I wanted to do after graduating and I met some of my closest friends. I met people from all over the world and keep in close contact with friends from America, Norway, Russia, Canada and Australia as well as the UK. The experience you share living abroad is very special and creates strong friendships. Studying in Oslo gave me the opportunity to study subjects I would not have been able to otherwise including Norwegian, Old Norse and Runology. I was introduced to the Runic Archive and this experience strongly influenced my career decisions. The city is an exciting place to explore throughout the year – memorable occasions include tobogganing down the 1994 Winter Olympic luge run and celebrating the Norwegian Constitution Day from outside the Royal Palace. I also made numerous trips around the country and spent Easter with my Norwegian flatmate and her family on a tiny island on the north coast.”
Vanessa Rodnight, Assistant Records Manager, Parliamentary Archives, House of Lords.

A 5 minute presentation of the University of Oslo

Who can apply?

Students can study abroad in their Junior Honours year only. The Erasmus Exchange with the Universitetet i Oslo is open to all students on the Mediaeval History degree programme (single and joint honours) and the Mediaeval History and Archaeology degree programme. Joint honours students will require the permission of the School of their second subject before they submit their application. Students can apply to study in Oslo for a semester or a year.

The Universitetet i Oslo offer a wide variety of modules which are offered in English. UiO also offers Norwegian language courses, as well as a broad range of Scandinavian Studies courses.

The deadline for next year’s programmes is Friday 22 February 2013. Please complete the  History Abroad Application Form and return electronically to the Collaborations & Study Abroad team. For more information, please visit the School’s Study Abroad website, or email Dr Kostas Zafeiris, Study Abroad Co-ordinator of the School.

So, you want to study abroad in … Strasbourg

strasbourgStrasbourg is a modern and multicultural city with centuries of history making it an exciting place for students to live and study abroad. Strasbourg is home to the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, and European Court of Human Rights and has tradition for excellence in education and history. Also known as IEP, the Institut d’Études Politiques Strasbourg, or Sciences Po, was founded on 9 October 1945. In January 2009, it became part of the Université de Strasbourg. IEP Strasbourg excels in a wide range of disciplines such as Law, Economics, History, Sociology and Political Science.

Who can apply?

Students can study abroad in their Junior Honours year only. The Exchange with the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Sciences Po, Strasbourg is open to all students on the Modern History degree programme (single and joint honours) and the History degree programme. Single honours Modern History Students can apply to study in Strasbourg for a semester or a year.

Joint honours students will require the permission of the School of their second subject before they submit their application. Unless the School of their second subject has expressly permitted it, Modern History joint honours students can apply to study in Strasbourg for one semester only. Similarly, as the Institut d’Etudes Politiques does not offer Ancient History or Mediaeval History modules students taking the History degree can apply to study in Strasbourg for one semester only.

The language of instruction for most of the relevant modules on offer at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques is French. Therefore we require a certain level of proficiency in French and students applying for this exchange programme will be required to sit a French language test.

The deadline for next year’s programmes is Friday 22 February 2013. Please complete the  History Abroad Application Form and return electronically to the Collaborations & Study Abroad team.For more information, please visit the School’s Study Abroad website, or email Dr Kostas Zafeiris, Study Abroad Co-ordinator of the School.

 

So, you want to study abroad in … New Jersey

RutgersRutgers

Rutgers is the State University of New Jersey, which was founded in 1766 and is the eighth oldest university in the US.  It’s a research intensive university and is placed high in world rankings.  There are campuses across New Jersey, but our exchange is specifically with the New Brunswick campus.  New Brunswick is a bustling college town between New York and Philadelphia with easy access to both. You can learn more by reading the information for visiting students in the Rutgers website.

Who can apply?

Students can study abroad in their Junior Honours year only. The exchange with Rutgers is open to all undergraduate students in the School of History (single and joint honours), with the exception of Scottish History.

The deadline for next year’s programmes is Friday 22 February 2013. Please complete the  History Abroad Application Form and return electronically to the Collaborations & Study Abroad team. For more information, please visit the School’s Study Abroad website, or email Dr Kostas Zafeiris, Study Abroad Co-ordinator of the School.

So, you want to study abroad in … Istanbul

Koc1Koç University [Pending confirmation by the Faculty of Arts]

Koç University was founded in 1993 as a non-profit private university in Istanbul, Turkey. Since its establishment, Koç University has become one of the leading universities in Turkey, distinguished by notable contributions to the elevation of education, knowledge and service both domestically and beyond. Koç University is now (2012) ranked among the World’s top 250 universities by the THE (Times Higher Education) rankings (225-250).

Who can apply?

Students can study abroad in their Junior Honours year only. The Erasmus Exchange with Koç Üniversitesi is open to all students on the History degree, Mediaeval History degree (single and joint honours), Modern History degree (single and joint honours) and Middle East Studies degree programme. Single honours students can apply to study for a year or a semester. Joint honours students will require the permission of the School of their second subject before they submit their application. Unless the School of their second subject has expressly permitted it, joint honours students can apply to study in Koç for one semester only.

The language of instruction for all History modules on offer at the university is English. Koç offers a 3-credits beginner level Turkish language class (which is not required)

The deadline for next year’s programmes is Friday 22 February 2013. Please complete the  History Abroad Application Form and return electronically to the Collaborations & Study Abroad team. For more information, please visit the School’s Study Abroad website, or email Dr Kostas Zafeiris, Study Abroad Co-ordinator of the School.

 

So, you want to study abroad in … Dublin

tcdFounded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is recognised as Ireland’s premier university and is ranked in 52nd position in the top 100 world universities. Some of the most famous people in Irish history have been educated at Trinity College such as Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett. Located in the heart of Ireland’s busy capital city, TCD students can avail of the many attractions and facilities Dublin has to offer. The campus’s state-of-the-art facilities include a modern Sports Centre, the Science Gallery – which is the first of its kind in the world, and the Trinity College Library, the largest research library in Ireland. The TCD library is also home to an extensive collection of manuscripts, the most famous being the Book of Kells.

Who can apply?

Students can study abroad in their Junior Honours year only. The Erasmus Exchange with Trinity College Dublin is open to all students in the School of History (single and joint honours). Joint honours students will require the permission of the School of their second subject before they submit their application. Students can apply to study in Dublin for one semester or a year.

The deadline for next year’s programmes is Friday 22 February 2013. Please complete the History Abroad Application Form and return electronically to the Collaborations & Study Abroad team. For more information, please visit the School’s Study Abroad website, or email Dr Kostas Zafeiris, Study Abroad Co-ordinator of the School.