A Junior Year Abroad (JYA) is one academic year of study, from September to the end of May in the following calendar year. It consists of three terms; two teaching periods of 12 weeks each the Autumn and Spring terms and the Summer period of revision and examinations.
This option is the most flexible and opens up for choice, within the constraints of timetabling and prerequisites, almost all undergraduate degree modules in Levels 1 and 2 from a range of Arts, Social Sciences, and Sport Sciences disciplines.
Students may also take language modules (Mandarin Chinese, French, or Spanish) for credit.
Autumn or Spring Term Abroad
The Autumn Term option runs for the 12 weeks of the first term from late September to mid December.
The Spring Term option begins in January and runs for the 12 weeks of the second term, followed by the Summer period of revision and examinations.
For international students who are unable, for whatever reason, to study abroad for a full academic year, this option offers the possibility of study for a shorter period of time from a more limited range of existing single term modules in Levels 1 and 2.
JYA plus English
JYA + English is for students who require intensive English language preparation for integrated study at Brunel University. This programme is especially designed to meet the needs of students from countries such as Japan where the academic year begins in April. The programme is flexible in that it matches individual backgrounds and abilities to appropriate levels of study.
JYA + English begins in late April and incorporates an initial period of English language programme and study skills through International Pathways Language Centre (IPLC) before leading on to incorporate the two main academic terms. Students who meet the required level of English can take modules starting in September. The year programme (JYA + English) finishes at the end of March in the following year while a shorter programme (Term I + English) ends in mid-December.
Brunel's campus is located in Uxbridge, which is only 45 minutes by underground train from central London. Thus, students can visit the heart of London without the expense and inconvenience of actually living there.
Students can gain academic credit over a term or a full year while being fully integrated into the University. Students will study alongside British students and other students from over 110 different countries.
On-campus accommodation at Brunel University is some of the best value students will find in the Greater London area. All residences have a shared kitchen equipped with a cooker, fridge, freezer, sink, table and chairs, etc. Internet access is included in all rooms.
Life on Campus
Brunel has a number of bars and cafes, a nightclub and a massive food hall, which have all been subject to a multi-million pound revamp over the last year; making them up-to-date and attractive places in which students can relax. Student can also join sports clubs and societies run by the Students' Union or attend free weekly performances, recitals and exhibitions; lessons in music, drama, dance and art; an art gallery; and an annual student play.
Our Student Services Team provides a range of services to help make students' experience at Brunel go smoothly. The team arranges social activities, offers advice on immigration for students, information on employment opportunities for students during and after their studies.