Global Opportunities

European Exchange Programmes

The Erasmus+ Programme allows you to study with funding at one of our partner universities in Europe. Queen Mary has Erasmus+ bilateral exchange agreements with almost 100 institutions across Europe.

The UK will participate fully in Erasmus+ for the 2020/2021 academic year, despite no longer being an EU member state.

It is currently not known if the UK will be able to access the programme after 2020/2021, however exchange destinations in Europe will continue to be available.

About the Erasmus+ Programme

Erasmus+ is the EU’s highly regarded flagship exchange programme for students, lecturers and staff (It is the largest educational exchange programme in the world.). The programme has been running since 1987 and over three million European students have participated in it.

Watch our interview with David who studied abroad at Bocconi University in Milan, visit our blog to learn how Kyran found his time studying at Uppsala University in Sweden, and download our flyer to learn more about how the general outbound Student Exchange Programme at Queen Mary works: Go Abroad Flyer 2020 [PDF 365KB]

How does Erasmus+ work?

  • The Erasmus+ exchange programme enables you to spend a semester or a year at one of our Erasmus+ partner institutions. Read more about Erasmus+ study placements.
  • As a first-year student on a three-year degree programme, you could spend your second year (or the first semester of your second year) abroad. Some of Queen Mary’s four-year degree programmes (e.g. Law, SLLF) enable you to spend your third year abroad and come back to Queen Mary for your fourth year.
  • If your degree includes a work placement or a year in industry), you can also benefit from the programme. Read more about Erasmus+ traineeships.
  • Your Erasmus+ period abroad will count towards your Queen Mary degree.
  • The programme also offers a generous grant to study in Europe. There is additional financial support for disadvantaged students.
  • You can find out more about the Erasmus+ scheme on the British Council's website.

The importance of your academic school/department

Your school or department are central to the Erasmus+ programme: where you can go depends on the exchange agreements your department has with other European universities. Places on this long-established and prestigious scheme are also allocated by your school or department.

Your Erasmus+ Coordinator

Each academic school also has a dedicated School/Department Erasmus+ Coordinator who will guide you through the application process and approve your module choices. They are your key Erasmus+ contact. Find out who your School/Department Erasmus+ Coordinator is.

All eligible Erasmus+ students are eligible to receive a grant to help towards the costs of moving to another country and living abroad.

Want to speak to a Student Ambassador about their experience abroad on Erasmus+? 

Fill out our contact form to speak to Ola about her experience abroad and ask your questions


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