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Study placements

Taking part in the Erasmus+ Programme offers students the opportunity to study in another European country at one of QMUL’s partner universities.

Students learn about the academic system of a foreign university at one of QMUL’s partner universities, and benefit from experiencing different teaching and learning methods.

The Erasmus+ programme offers students the following benefits:

  • Erasmus+ mobility grant of EUR 280-330 per month (in 2017/18)
  • Top-up grant of EUR 120 per month for students from disadvantaged backgrounds (see Erasmus grant page for more information)
  • Exemption from tuition fees at the host university
  • Support for the preparation of the stay abroad
  • Academic recognition of studies abroad

When can I go?

It depends on the type and length of your degree programme. Most students go for the first semester of their second year or for the entire second year, if on a three year course. Some students on four year degrees go abroad during their third year. To find out more about when to go, please get in touch with your Erasmus+ School Coordinator.


QMUL students (all nationalities) who are registered to study for a degree or other recognised tertiary level qualification, up to and including the level of doctorate or enrolled in short-cycle higher vocational education (Foundation Degree and HND courses) are eligible. Students must be at least in their second year of studies when abroad. Students will need approval from their Erasmus+ School Coordinator. Students who are out of attendance are not eligible to participate in the programme.

Language requirements

As not all of QMUL’s partner universities offer English programmes, you should learn the language of your host country. Depending on where you want to go, your host institution may offer intensive language courses, which take place before the semester starts or run throughout the semester. You might also be able to take a language course here in London at QMUL’s Language Centre before you go abroad. You might already be learning the language due to your degree programme.

Choosing modules at the partner institution

Please talk to your academic Erasmus+ School Coordinator to find out what modules you need to take abroad. Usually, you will need to have a look at the modules you would be taking at QMUL during that time and would need to find an equivalent at the partner institution to ensure the course counts towards your degree at QMUL. Please make sure to choose modules worth 30 ECTS per semester, this is absolutely essential.

What is ECTS?

ECTS, the European Credit Transfer System, was developed by the Commission of the European Communities in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad. It provides a way of measuring and comparing learning achievements, and transferring them from one academic institution to another. 30 ECTS are equivalent to 60 QMUL credits. Consequently, a student is required to take a course load of 30 ECTS credits per semester when abroad or 60 ECTS for the academic year.

Full recognition

Only periods of study which are part of the student's curriculum are eligible. QMUL must be satisfied that the programme of study is integrated into the student’s current degree course. Students will therefore have to meet with their Erasmus+ School Coordinator and discuss their module choices for their period abroad. The appropriate modules will then be written down in the student’s Learning Agreement for studies, ensuring full recognition of the studies abroad.

Failure to complete the study abroad period

Please be aware that if you fail to attend and/or fail to gain sufficient credit for your study abroad period, there may be implications for your academic progress at QMUL. If you experience any problems or difficulties whilst on exchange, you must contact your Erasmus School Coordinator as soon as possible.
If you fail to pass the number of credits and are required to take re-sits, these cannot form part of the Erasmus+ study period. You will be required to register separately for the re-sits and pay any required re-sit fee directly to the host university.
Students who do not attend, unless there are exceptional circumstances, will be liable for a full repayment of the Erasmus+ grant.

Erasmus+ Student Charter

Each Erasmus+ student will be given an Erasmus+ Student Charter by their home university or higher education institution before departing on their study or traineeship period abroad. The Student Charter highlights the rights and obligations of students participating in Erasmus+. It informs Erasmus+ students about what they are entitled to and what is expected of them during their secondment for studies or for a traineeship.

Erasmus+ Student Charter [PDF 663 KB]

In particular, the Erasmus+ Student Charter outlines the basic entitlements of the Erasmus+ students, such as free tuition and full recognition of studies or traineeships abroad. The Charter also specifies the main obligations of the Erasmus+ students, providing them with a concise idea of their duties with regard to both their home and host higher education institution/enterprise.

Advice for selected participants

Selected Erasmus+ participants make preparations before departure in order to sort out matters such as accommodation, contract(s), financial budgeting, insurance, paperwork, travel, etc. The following links offer some information and guidance to help participants navigate through these matters:


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