The Erasmus+ Programme offers you the chance to study in another European country at one of QMUL’s partner institutions.
You will experience academic life in a foreign country and different teaching and learning methods, giving you a broad, international perspective on your studies.
The Erasmus+ Programme also offers you the following benefits:
- an Erasmus+ mobility grant of EUR 280–330 per month (in 2017/18)
- a top-up grant of EUR 120 per month for students from disadvantaged backgrounds (see the Erasmus grant page for more information)
- exemption from tuition fees at your host institution
- academic recognition of your studies abroad: your Erasmus+ credits count towards your QMUL degree.
When can I go?
Where you go on your study placement depends on your degree programme. Most students go for the first semester of their second year or for the entire second year if they are on a three-year course. Some students on four-year degrees go abroad during their third year. To find out more about your options, please get in touch with your academic school or department’s Erasmus+ Coordinator.
Eligibility and entry requirements
What is the ECTS?
The European Credit Transfer System (or ECTS) was developed by the Commission of the European Communities to standardise the academic recognition of studies abroad. It allows universities to measure and compare your learning achievements, and transfer your module credits from one academic institution to another. 30 ECTS are equivalent to 60 QMUL credits.
You need to take a course load of 30 ECTS credits for each semester you spend abroad or 60 ECTS if you are spending an academic year on the Erasmus+ Programme.
Full recognition for your Erasmus+ studies
Transferable academic credits (see above) only apply to studies that are part of your host university’s curriculum: QMUL must be satisfied that your programme of study is integrated into your current degree course, so the approval of your department’s Erasmus+ Coordinator is essential.
You should meet your Coordinator to discuss your module choices for your Erasmus+ Programme. Your approved modules will then be written down in your Learning Agreement, to make sure that your studies abroad are fully recognised at QMUL.
Failure to complete your placement
Very rarely, some students find themselves unable to complete their study abroad period for a variety of reasons.
Please be aware that if you fail to attend your classes or fail to gain sufficient credit on your placement, there can be implications for your academic progress at QMUL. For this reason, if you have any problems or difficulties during your placement, you should contact your academic school or departments' Erasmus+ Coordinator as soon as possible.
If you fail to pass the number of credits and have to take re-sit your exams, these resits will not form part of your Erasmus+ study period. You will need to register separately for your resits and pay any required resit fee directly to your host university.
Unless there are exceptional circumstances, you will have to repay your Erasmus+ grant in full if you do not attend your Erasmus+ Programme classes.
Erasmus+ Student Charter
You will be given an Erasmus+ Student Charter before you leave for your study period abroad.
The Student Charter highlights your rights and obligations while you are on the Erasmus+ programme. It also tells you what you are entitled to (e.g. free tuition and full recognition of your studies abroad) and what is expected of you during your Erasmus+ study period, so you know what you need to do for both your home and host university.
Advice for selected participants
Before you set off for your Erasmus+ programme, you will need to organise your accommodation, contract(s), finances and make your travel arrangements. The following links should give you some advice:
- UK Erasmus+ National Agency – Advice for Participants
- Global Graduates
- British Council - Study Work Create
- Justlanded.com (country-relevant information)
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