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European Exchange Programmes

Our European Exchange Programmes allow you to study at one of our partner universities in Europe. Queen Mary participates in the Erasmus+ Programme and also the Swiss European Mobility Programme (SEMP) and has exchange agreements with almost 100 institutions across Europe.

The UK will participate fully in Erasmus+ and SEMP for the 2020/2021 academic year, despite no longer being an EU member state. Funding is available to students through both schemes.

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

About the European Exchange Programmes

Erasmus+ is the EU’s highly regarded flagship exchange programme for students 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.

Switzerland does not participate in the Erasmus+ Programme, it runs its own parallel programme called the Swiss European Mobility Programme (SEMP).

Cover of the Go Abroad flyer 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 it work?

  • The European Exchange Programmes enable you to spend a semester or a year at one of our European partner institutions. Read more about study placements.
  • As a first-year student on a three-year degree programme, you could spend the first semester of your second year abroad. Most of Queen Mary’s regular Bachelor programmes are available "with a year abroad", in which case you would spend your entire third year abroad.
  • If your degree includes a work placement or a year in industry), you can benefit from the Erasmus+ Programme. Read more about Erasmus+ traineeships.
  • Your exchange period will count towards your Queen Mary degree.
  • Both, Erasmus+ and SEMP offer students a grant for their learning period abroad. There is additional financial support for disadvantaged students. Read more about this in Finance.
  • You can find out more about Erasmus+ on the British Council's website.

The importance of your academic school/department

Your school or department are central to the European Exchange Programmes: where you can go depends on the exchange agreements your department has with other European universities. You can see where you can study under Where can I go?

Your Erasmus+/SEMP Coordinator

Each academic school also has a dedicated School/Department Coordinator for study abroad matters. Find out who your School/Department Coordinator is.

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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