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Global Opportunities

How to apply

We are delighted that you are considering coming to study at Queen Mary as part of the Erasmus+ ICM Programme.

If you want to apply to study with us on the Erasmus+ICM Programme, you need to apply first to your home institution, who will nominate you if you are successful. Nominations should be sent to Queen Mary’s Erasmus+ Institutional Co-ordinator at

You will then receive an email with the application instructions. Please note that you need to submit: 1) your full, up-to-date official academic transcript(s) for all university-level studies completed, 2) certified translations of your transcript(s) if not originally in English, 3) an official letter of academic reference in English (signed, on letterhead paper), 4) a scan of your passport (required validity: at least six months after the end of your forecasted exchange) and 5) your evidence of required English language qualifications (if applicable, see below) as attachments to your online application.

You will need to follow your Erasmus+ application instructions carefully: if you do not, you won’t be eligible for an Erasmus+ ICM Programme support grant.


Undergraduate students

The nomination and application deadlines are:

  • Application for the autumn semester/full year – 1 May
  • Application for the spring semester – 1 October

You will receive a decision after the application deadline, and an original, hard copy offer letter of admission will be posted for visa purposes.

Postgraduate research students

Nominations can be received slightly after the above dates in place for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students, as the application process differs for incoming postgraduate research associate students. 

You will receive a decision from Research Admissions once your online application has been processed, and any hard copy of an offer letter must be requested directly through them.

English language requirements

A language test is required from students who apply from all Partner Countries outside of Europe.

All academic programmes set their own language requirements. The required level set by the academic school is also included in the Erasmus+ ICM Programme Inter-institutional agreement signed between Queen Mary and your home institution.

Please consult Queen Mary European Exchange Fact Sheet [PDF 1,138KB] for full detail about English language requirements. It is the responsibility of applicants to correctly inform themselves of the required test and level as a criterion to be eligible for an Unconditional offer of admission. Any student who does not submit required evidence of English language requirements at the necessary level will only be eligible to receive a Conditional offer of admission, which is not definite and will not allow access to enrolment at the start of term.  

Once you have determined the required level, please consult our English Language Requirements page for the accepted tests and equivalents, as well as any minimum component requirements.

Visa advice

You will not need a visa to enter the UK if you have a valid passport from:an EU member state

  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Switzerland.

If your passport is from a country outside the EU/EEA (most ICM Programme participants), you will be required to apply for either a Student Visitor Visa or a Tier 4 Student Visa. For further information and support please visit the ‘Immigration’ section under the ‘International’ heading of Advice and Counselling. You can also view further guidance on our Visas and immigration page.

Whatever the country that issued your passport/national ID, please check that it is valid for at least 6 months after the forecasted end of your mobility period. If not, you must take measures to renew it as soon as possible and, as a requirement, before applying for any visa for the UK.

Equal Opportunities

Queen Mary welcomes students from all over the world. Our charter states that our work shall be carried out in a spirit of tolerance, freedom of opinion, mutual concern and community service, and undertakes to avoid discrimination against any person on the grounds of religion, race, sex or politics. The university has a policy statement on Equal Opportunities in Employment, which we are actively implementing. Anti-harassment procedures have been agreed, aimed at eliminating incidents of racial or sexual harassment.

Particularly through the Erasmus+ Programme, Queen Mary remains committed to equality and diversity in its student and staff bodies and welcomes participants without discrimination to ethnic background, religious affiliation or lack thereof, sexual orientation, gender or disadvantage.

We have a wide range of services and facilities for any students who have disabilities or have special requirements during their stay at Queen Mary. You will have the option to note any requirements when submitting your online application, or you can contact us to inform us of this. Please ensure you have made us aware of any requirements prior to arrival at Queen Mary.

Please view our Disability and Dyslexia pages for full details.

Widening participation

Queen Mary, the European Commission and the Erasmus+ Programme are commited to widening participation and increasing the number of mobile students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This commitment aims at promoting equity and inclusion by facilitating the access to participants with disadvantaged backgrounds and fewer opportunities compared to their peers whenever disadvantage limits or prevents participation in transnational activities.

Queen Mary encourages students from all backgrounds to apply, including those from one or more of the disadvantaged background categories below, following current European Commission definitions:

  • Disability,
  • Educational difficulties,
  • Economic obstacles (i.e. financial hardship),
  • Cultural differences,
  • Health problems,
  • Social obstacles,
  • Geographic obstacles (within home country).

Further detail on these definitions is available for consultation: Erasmus+ Widening Participation-Disadvantaged backgrounds [PDF 595KB].


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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission (EC). The content of these web pages is the sole responsibility of Queen Mary University of London. The EC cannot be held responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained in these pages.