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Application for the Erasmus+ ICM Programme beyond Europe for 2018/19 has now closed.

If you are a student applying for a degree at QMUL and would like to add the ‘with year abroad’ option to your programme, you can submit your application via the UCAS website.

Students interested in summer opportunities abroad can view further details here.

You can apply to the Erasmus+ ICM scheme if:

  • you are a current QMUL student
  • your school or department has an exchange agreement with your proposed host institution
  • you meet your school or department’s Erasmus+ ICM criteria.

You may be able to change your degree programme to enable you to study abroad. You should speak to your Erasmus+ Coordinator for your academic school as early as possible if you are contemplating this course of action.

If you are applying for a degree with Year Abroad option, you should select this when submitting your application to UCAS. There is no need for you to reapply for the Year Abroad and you will receive full details of this from your home school.

To apply for the Erasmus+ ICM Programme, you need to first get in touch with your school or department’s Erasmus+ Coordinator.

The decision to accept you on to the programme is taken by your academic school and the application process is dealt with in different ways.

As every department and school has a different application process, it is vital that you discuss your application with your Erasmus+ Coordinator.

  • If you want to take part in the Erasmus+ programme, you should be in ‘good academic standing’ with your academic school: this means that you have met all of your academic obligations and are doing well on your degree programme.
  • You will be selected on the basis of this academic standing and an application consisting of an application form, a personal statement and an academic reference.
  • Consideration will also be given to your motivation, and the appropriateness of the available academic modules at your proposed host institution.
  • The Erasmus+ Programme is committed to widening participation and increasing the number of mobile students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Therefore in addition to the above criteria, the following criteria will also be considered in the selection process: disability, educational difficulties, economic obstacles, cultural differences, health problems, social obstacles and/or geographic obstacles.

Once you are selected by your school for the Erasmus+ programme, your contact details will be sent to the Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator, who will get in touch with you directly. All communication about Erasmus+ will be sent to your QMUL email address.

Please consult with your academic school to find out their application deadline.

The Global Opportunities Office maintains a centralised application process* for outgoing QMUL students applying for an semester or full-year academic exchange period. 

(*) Students applying for an exchange within the School of Law and the School of Languages Linguistics and Film do not apply via the centralised application. These schools manage their own application processes internally.

The application process for the Erasmus+ Programme for 2018/19 is now open again and will close on 28 February 4pm. (See application link at top of page.)

If you are applying to study at QMUL via UCAS and wish to apply for a year abroad as part of your degree, please follow the UCAS application deadlines.

We want all of our students to be able to enjoy the international opportunities we offer and get the most out of their study abroad placements.

If you think you might need additional support ­– of whatever kind – please let us know when you are considering your application, so that we can help you with your options. It is also a good idea to discuss what additional support you might need on your exchange placement with our Disability and Dyslexia Service.

If you think you will need any extra support on your placement, we strongly recommend that you discuss your application with us and plan ahead: depending on your host university, any adjustments you might need on your placement may take some time to arrange.

You will likely need to apply for a visa for your Erasmus+ study placement based on your country of destination. Please contact us on so we can put you in touch with the relevant staff and provide guidance.

If you are an overseas student and seek guidance on how another visa for your Erasmus+ ICM destination country could affect your current student immigration permission as a foreign student in the UK, you are strongly advised to speak with the Advice and Counselling Service.

Your application checklist:

  • read these web pages thoroughly
  • talk to your departmental Erasmus+ Coordinator to find out what your options are
  • use the links in the pages of our partner universities to visit their online catalogues to check that there is a suitable programme of study is available for you
  • ensure you are familiar with and stick to application deadlines 
  • contact your departmental Erasmus+ Coordinator, if you have any questions
  • check your email frequently for any information sent by QMUL or the partner institution


QMUL, the European Commission and the Erasmus+ Programme are committed to widening participation and increasing the number of mobile students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This committment 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.

QMUL 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 360KB].


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.


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