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QMUL has been welcoming study abroad students for over 30 years, so you can be sure that we will help you to integrate fully into our university and ensure that you have a first-rate student experience with us, gaining international experience, memories and skills that will stay with you for life.

Teaching and research

QMUL is one of the world’s top research universities and part of the Russell Group, which represents 24 of the UK’s leading universities. This means that as an Erasmus+ student at QMUL, you will study in an environment famous for the quality of its teaching and research.

You will discuss your subject with some of the world’s leading experts: at QMUL, you will be taught by staff who are leaders in their field and research-active (which means that their teaching is directly influenced by the latest research in their areas of expertise). We pride ourselves on offering you excellent teaching – and doing our utmost to ensure you have an intellectually rich and personally rewarding stay at QMUL.

We are ranked top in London for nine subjects: economics, French, finance, German and Scandinavian studies, human and social geography, Iberian studies, materials, medicine, and physics and astronomy (NSS 2017).

Our academic programme

Here is an overview of what you can expect academically in your exchange period with us:

Our academic year is divided into two 12-week teaching semesters:

  • Autumn semester: mid-September to mid-December
  • Spring semester: January to June (May-June examination period)*

*Please view our Key Dates page to see further information about the vacation and exam periods for both semesters.

For full details of our academic year, please see our academic calendar.

As an Erasmus+ student, you can only choose modules from within your host school/department at QMUL.

Pre-register for your modules

When selecting modules, you must check that they meet the requirements of your home institution – it is your responsibility to ensure that you will receive full credit for the modules you take at QMUL. You will be invited to submit your module choices in early June (for autumn/full year students) or October (spring semester students).

Add/Drop period

We also allow you to add or drop modules when you arrive at QMUL during the first two weeks of term. You are strongly advised to only use the Add/Drop period to drop modules. Adding modules after teaching has started is much more difficult, especially as you will not be used to British methods of teaching and learning.

Module directory

For further information about our modules, including details of the different subject areas that you can study with us, please check our Online Module Directory. This gives you a full listing of all of our modules on offer to you.

  • Please read the guidance notes (following the links on the home page).
  • When searching for modules please click on your host school at QMUL and click ‘yes’ for associate (ie Erasmus+) student.
  • This directory is updated every April for the following academic year.

Students that come and study in QMUL’s School of Law or School of Languages, Linguistics and Film will receive a separate module directory via email and should not apply via the Online Module Directory.

Assessment methods will vary depending on your programme of study, and can include essays, problem sets, tests, presentations, projects and exams:

  • If you are studying with us for the full year or the spring semester only, you will be assessed in the same way and at the same time as our full-degree QMUL students. This may include an examination during the May/June exam period.
  • The examination timetable is not usually published until the last week of the spring semester (May), so if your module is assessed by examination you should not make any arrangements for returning home before you know the dates of your examinations.
  • As there is no formal examination period at the end of the autumn semester, if you are only here for that semester you will be assessed by what is termed ‘alternative assessment’. In some cases, this will include a written examination but more often, you will be set additional module papers or essays.

When you complete your programme of study with us, you will be given a transcript (a record of your studies with us).

Before your exchange

  • You can select your module choices before you start your exchange programme.
  • You can pre-register for modules from mid-June if we get your application by 1 June. We will normally confirm your module choices within a month of your pre-selection.
  • Please note that module allocations are made on a first-come first-served basis. We strongly recommend that you pre-register for your modules as soon as possible.
  • Once your pre-selection is confirmed, you will have to complete a learning agreement.

During your exchange

  • Ensure that any changes you wish to make are completed during the 2-week Add/Drop period at the start of term.
  • Any changes requested after the two-week Add/Drop period will not appear on your final transcript.

After your exchange

  • Transcripts for students leaving in December are released during the second half of February once exam boards meet. Transcripts for all other students are released in July.
  • Your academic transcript will list each module you have taken. Each module listing will also display a percentage mark (to one decimal place) and a module grade, which will be reported in the standard QMUL A–F format on your transcript.
  • An official hard copy of your QMUL transcript will be sent directly to your home institution, and all incoming Erasmus+ students also receive an electronic copy of the transcript via email.
  • You should check with your home institution to find out if they translate grades into their own system or record them as given by QMUL.

QMUL uses a number of mark schemes for different awards and different levels and although many of the grades are the same, there are differences between the qualifying pass marks for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The UK grading system may be different to that used by your home institution – they are responsible for converting the grades you receive from QMUL. The QMUL grading system uses five letter grades (A–E) and you will receive a final mark on your final transcript. You can find full details of understanding your transcript here.

For more information about our grades, please see our detailed information on mark schemes.

We know that adjusting to a period of study abroad can take time and so we make sure that you know who to talk to and where to seek advice when you need it. In addition to our QMUL-wide support services, you will have a dedicated Erasmus+ Co-ordinator in your academic school, who will be on hand to give you any academic help and guidance you might need – and ensure that your study period with us is as successful as it can be.

Peer Mentoring

QMUL runs a very successful peer mentoring scheme, known as the PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) scheme. It is run by our students and gives you the chance to get advice or discuss any problems you might have with your course with more senior students. For more information, please visit the PASS page.

Erasmus Student Network (ESN)

As an Erasmus+ student, you also have the international support of the ESN, the biggest student association in Europe. The student-run Network helps its members feel at home academically and socially in their host countries through a wide range of cultural and social events that help you make friends from all over the globe, such as trips to various places within the UK, language projects, international food festivals – and parties. You can find out more about the Network at:

The Erasmus Student Network at QMUL is a QMSU society and open to all students interested in or participating on any type of study abroad programme. If you wish to join QMUL's ESN chapter, you can contact the team via Facebook or email:

Expert language support

If English is not your first language, you can take advantage of the services offered by our highly regarded Language Centre, which offers a wide range of free insessional modules to help you get the very best from your studies with us and improve your academic work.

Its courses are an excellent way of improving your academic skills: many of our home students who have English as their first language also use these modules to improve their academic work. Some of the Centre’s modules are credit-bearing; other modules are non-credit bearing but will either develop your general academic skills or develop your skills in a specific subject area.

All of the Language Centre’s modules focus on English for academic purposes and include:

  • writing for your discipline
  • English grammar
  • proofreading skills
  • presentation skills
  • lecture comprehension.

For more information, please visit the Language Centre.

On-campus support services

As an Erasmus+ student, you will have the same access to our on-campus support services as our full-degree students. These on-campus services include our:


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