We aim to provide our students with as many international ventures as possible. Our courses offer unparalleled opportunities to experience the global fashion industry, including: International industry placements, International study trips, study abroad and exchanges and expenses paid international competitions.
All of our undergraduate programmes offer an option to study abroad at one of our partner universities in countries including Australia, China, the USA and over 20 countries across Europe.
Depending on the course of study, this could be integrated into year two or as an additional year abroad in year three of a four-year degree programme.
There are a number of exchange opportunities open to students of any discipline.
Manchester Fashion Institute offers the chance to take part in an international sandwich year during 3rd year of study, which consists of spending half the year studying abroad, and half the year in a work placement either abroad or in the UK. In order to complete your sandwich year, you must successfully complete 4-6 months studying abroad and 18 weeks in one or more industry work placements.
See some of our Exchange Partners below
Flinders University enjoys a well-justified reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It also has a long-standing commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for all and a proud record of community engagement.
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)VISIT THEIR WEBSITE
Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to 38,950 students, including 2,300 master’s and PhD students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and more than 170,000 alumni worldwide.
Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT)
Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) is China’s premiere educational facility associated with fashion, mainly specializing in art and technology. With defining characteristics, BIFT is a full-time higher education institution where art, technology, economics, management and other convergent disciplines can successfully interact.
Zhejiang Fashion Institute of Technology (ZFIT)
Located in Ningbo, China. As one of the most important fashion centres in China, Ningbo has quite convenient access to different parts of China and a quickly developed economy. The Programmes in ZFIT cover 35 majors associated with Fashion, including Textiles and Fashion Design.VISIT THEIR WEBSITE
VIA University College
VIA is Scandinavia’s largest design and management college within the fashion and lifestyle industry. More than 1100 young people are studying a vocational or a higher education within the areas such as clothing and textiles or furniture and furnishings
Saxion University of Applied Sciences
Saxion University of Applied Sciences has three campuses in the East of the Netherlands – one campus in each of the three Dutch cities of Deventer, Enschede and Apeldoorn.
Jean School, Amsterdam
The first and only Jean School in the world. An education during which young, creative and driven people will learn the craftsmanship of denim design and development.VISIT THEIR WEBSITE
Buffalo State College (SUNY)VISIT THEIR WEBSITE
Kendall College of Art and DesignVISIT THEIR WEBSITE
Louisiana State UniversityVISIT THEIR WEBSITE
Texas Tech UniversityVISIT THEIR WEBSITE
University of North Carolina GreensboroVISIT THEIR WEBSITE
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
A public research university located in Hung Hom, Hong Kong near Hung Hom station. The University is one of the eight government-funded degree-granting tertiary institutions in Hong Kong.VISIT THEIR WEBSITE
International Placements & Internships
As part of your chosen undergraduate degree there will be opportunities to complete either an industry internship or work placement. You will also study a unit that looks at complex approaches to CVs and job applications, where to look for jobs, how to self-promote and how to find support after graduation.
Every year our second year students secure a number of international placements with global fashion companies. From Design to Buying, Marketing to Merchandising, the placements vary greatly and allow our students to get hands-on global experience.
Our students recognise the value of hands-on industry experience, on average approx. 40% of our second year students secure a one year full-time placement. Those that secure international placements go to global companies such as:
Coach, Li & Fung, Hugo Boss & Theory New York, Concept4 Hong Kong, H&M Stockholm, Lee (VFC) Brussels, NA-KD Gothenburg, Next Sri Lanka, Old Navy San Francisco, Portwest Ireland, Puma SE & Adidas AG Germany, PVH Tommy Hilfiger & PVH Calvin Klein Amsterdam, Saysky Copenhagen.
International study trips
Students across all of our courses have the opportunity to undertake study trips abroad, where they will have the chance to visit trade fairs, design studios, manufacturers, suppliers, buying offices, brand hubs and other overseas institutions.
In previous years, students have visited Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Istanbul, Jaipur, Milan, New York, Paris, Porto and Shanghai.
Our students regularly win awards in international competitions. This recognition of their hard work and dedication to their outputs greater strengthens their desire to succeed. Some of the most recent awards won by our students include:
CHRISTOPHER BAILEY COLLECTION OF THE YEAR AWARD, GFW
Winner, Jasmin Bourne
BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL STRADIVARiUS DESIGN COMPETITION
Second Prize Winner, Alex Ritchie
BFTA DESIGN COMPETITION
Finalists, Alisha Fitzpatrick, Molly Cartwright and Sophie Green
INTERNATIONAL EMERGING DESIGNER COMPETITION
3rd Prize, Katie Clarke
FAD X MISSONI COMPETITION
Finalist, Zoe Alexandria Leach (awarded a special mention from Angela Missoni for quality of work)
GAP DESIGN AWARD
Winner, Natascha Solanki
NEW BUSINESS AWARD, GRADUATE FASHION WEEK
Winner, Sebastian Collinge
WHISTLES MENSWEAR DESIGN COMPETITION
Winner, Jack Stoke
Lenzing Sustainable Denim Competition
Winner, Niamh Carr
DARE2B SKIWEAR DESIGN COMPETITION
Winner, Hollie O’Shea