Global Opportunities


The Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM) Programme offers you the chance to study in a non-European country at a Queen Mary Erasmus+ ICM partner institution.

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+ ICM Programme also offers you the following benefits:

  • The opportunity to study at a non-EU partner institution for either a semester, an academic year, or a research mobility period;
  • a Erasmus+ support grant of EUR 700 per month;
  • a Erasmus+ travel grant of between EUR 360 and 1500, depending on your destination;
  • exemption from tuition fees at the host institution;
  • academic recognition of your studies abroad: your Erasmus+ credits count towards your Queen Mary degree.

When can I go?

  • The Erasmus+ ICM Programme enables you to spend a semester, an academic year, or a research mobility period on exchange at a Queen Mary Erasmus+ ICM partner institution.
  • Your academic school and your department’s Erasmus+ Coordinator will be able to confirm when you can go, as this depends on your degree programme.

Eligibility and entry requirements

Please check your eligibility and our entry requirements here.

Full recognition for your Erasmus+ studies

You will need to take a full course load or undertake full-time research activities during an exchange through the Erasmus+ ICM Programme. Transferable academic credits only apply to studies that are part of your host institution's curriculum: Queen Mary 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.

Postgraduate students completing a non-credit bearing research mobility period abroad complete a reflective report at the end of their exchange, evaluated by both their home and host institution research supervisors and ensuring for recognition of satisfactory completion of a pre-approved research plan included in their Learning Agreement. A research plan may include accessing primary sources or witnesses; accessing valuable archival resources or library collections; laboratory work; attendance of seminars, workshops and networking; conducting series of interviews; undertaking fieldwork; etc.

You should meet your Coordinator to discuss your plan of study for your Erasmus+ ICM exchange. Your approved modules or research plan will then be included in your Learning Agreement, to make sure that your studies abroad are fully recognised by Queen Mary.

Research community

If you are a postgraduate research student completing a non-credit bearing research mobility period abroad, you should inquire as soon as you arrive about the research community at the host institution. You may have to inquire with a few different persons within the internaional office and at the faculty level. This community may include a physical or virtual centre, open network of seminars and events, or small-group workshops/events that are held regularly for degree and visiting research students at either the faculty or central university level. Entitled to equal treatment as home degree students at the host institution during your exchange, you may find that you have full access to this community, network, and programme of events.

Erasmus+ Student Charter

You will be given an Erasmus+ Student Charter before you leave for your study exchange 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 (eg 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 institution.

Advice for selected participants

Before you set off on your ICM Programme exchange, you will need to:

  • Complete the required contractual documentation for the Erasmus+ Programme (issued by the Global Opportunities Office) by the indicated deadline, which includes a Grant Agreement, Learning Agreement, BACS payment form and Risk Assessment form
  • Organise your accommodation, contract(s), finances, insurance, visa 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 (for country-relevant information)

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, fail to gain sufficient credit on your placement or fail to comply with your research plan at the host institution, there can be implications for your academic progress at Queen Mary. For this reason, if you have any problems or difficulties during your placement, you should contact your 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 institution.

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, you will have to repay your Erasmus+ grant in full if you do not complete the activities and learning plan as set out in your Learning Agreement and/or do not attend the modules for which you are registered under your Erasmus+ ICM Programme exchange.

For postgraduate students conducting non-credit bearing research, you may be asked to repay your Erasmus+ grant in full if you do not comply with the research plan set out in your Learning Agreement  at the beginning of your exchange.


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