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Entry requirements

Am I eligible to participate in Queen Mary's Outbound Student Exchange Programme?

Whatever your nationality, if you are registered to study for a full Queen Mary degree, you can apply to go abroad on exchange to one of the eligible destinations for your degree programme through either the Erasmus+ Programme, Swiss-European Exchange Programme (SEMP) or the International Exchange Programme (IEP). However:

  • You must be at least in your second year of study when you go abroad. Most students go abroad for the full year during year 3 of a four-year programme, while some students choose an optional autumn semester abroad during year 2. In all cases, you will need approval from your academic School/Department Coordinator at Queen Mary;
  • If you are considered ‘out of attendance’ at Queen Mary you are not eligible to apply for the programme.

Please view further detail below about entry requirements depending on your individual situation and interests.

Entry requirements for a Year Abroad (PROSPECTIVE students)

Applying on UCAS for your Queen Mary Degree with a Year Abroad (prospective Queen Mary students)

By applying directly on UCAS for a degree that includes a year abroad (commonly referred to as WAYA or 'with a year abroad' degrees), you will be enrolled on a degree programme that already includes a forecasted year abroad to be spent on exchange during year 3.

If you are applying for a degree on UCAS with a year abroad, you can find the initial entry requirements for this programme on the UCAS website.

This will give you highest priority to be allocated an exchange spot at one of your top desired destinations once you complete the later, central application process managed by the Global Opportunities Office during year 2; this is when you choose where you want to study on an exchange (to learn more, please consult the below section on requirements for current students, and read from "Once you are enrolled/if you are already enrolled on a degree 'with a year abroad'"). In the meantime, once you arrive at Queen Mary, you can spend year 1 learning more about the process, your options and receive guidance and recommendations from your academic school. 

It will be important for you to be well-prepared in order to gain the most benefit from your future period of study abroad. Once you start your degree at Queen Mary, you will therefore be required to attain a minimum standard in your initial years of study. During all years spent studying at Queen Mary before your forecasted exchange abroad, you will be expected to achieve and maintain a minimum 2:1 (60%) average overall with no failed modules, though this threshold may be set at a higher level for individual programmes. You will be informed of the detailed conditions for the year abroad by your academic school once you start your degree. For further information, please contact the Queen Mary academic school you want to apply to.

Entry requirements for a Year Abroad (CURRENT students)

Please note that entry requirements vary across our academic schools.

If you are not yet enrolled on a degree 'with a year abroad':

  • You will need to discuss with your academic School/Department Coordinator at Queen Mary if spots remain on the version of your degree programme that includes a year abroad and if you meet the eligibility criteria set by your academic school.
  • If so, you should complete Change of Programme procedures directly with your academic school to switch onto the degree 'with a year abroad' BEFORE October of year 2 if you wish to apply for your desired destination during the first/main application round (opens mid-October) of the GO Office's centralised application procedure.
    (Note: You may switch onto the degree 'with a year abroad' later during your year 2 after October, yet you will only be eligible to complete the GO Office's central application procedure during the late application round (February) and only for where exchange spaces remain at Queen Mary's partner institutions. In other words, your application will be considered with lower priority than students who apply in October and are allocated exchange spaces, and the list of destinations available to you would be limited).
  • If your academic school informs you that spots no longer remain on the version of your degree 'with a year abroad' and/or you do not meet the eligibility criteria to switch onto that degree 'with a year abroad,' a full year studying abroad on an exchange will not be possible for you. Instead, you could inquire if you are eligible to complete a semester abroad instead (see above) or consider opportunities offered under Summer and Short-Term Programmes.

Once you are enrolled/if you are already enrolled on a degree 'with a year abroad':

  • You will need to complete the GO Office's central application procedure for your desired destination during year 2, following the process outlined on our How to apply page, for a mobility period to take place during year 3. You should apply during the first main application round (opens mid-October) to maximise your chances of being allocated one of your choices in your list of desired destinations.

If your application through the GO Office's centralised application procedure is successful:

  • You will be made a Conditional offer of exchange for a specific destination that will only be valid so long as you meet the below requirements:
  • Your chosen modules must be approved by your academic School/Department Coordinator at Queen Mary and be offered within the equivalent academic department at your host institution;
  • You must complete your host institution’s application process and submit all documentation required by them by their set deadlines;  
  • You will need to have a language proficiency certificate for non-English programmes if this is specified by your host institution;
  • You will need to maintain a minimum 2:1 (60%) average overall with no failed modules during all developmental years prior to your exchange abroad, though this threshold may be set at a higher level for individual programmes (please check with your academic School/Department Coordinator for exact requirements); and
  • You must have completed and submitted all required contractual documentation to and as specified by the Global Opportunities Office and by the set deadlines.

If you fail to meet any of the aforementioned requirements*, your Conditional offer of exchange can be withdrawn by either Queen Mary or the host institution at any time, and you would not go abroad on exchange. Instead, you would revert back to the 'normal'  (three-year) version of your degree programme without a year abroad and continue studies the next year at Queen Mary.

(*) Requirements differ within the School of Law and the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film. Contact the relevant academic school for further information.

Entry requirements for an optional Semester Abroad

Please note that entry requirements vary across our academic schools. Please also note that not all Schools offer an optional semester abroad on exchange.

If your academic school allows you to complete an optional exchange abroad (consult with your academic School/Department Coodinator at Queen Mary), you will need to complete the GO Office's central application procedure for your desired destination during year 1 for a mobility period to take place during the autumn semester of year 2*, following the process outlined on our How to apply page. As an applicant for an optional semester abroad, you apply in the late/final application round (February) for where spaces remain (following the main application round for full-year exchange students enrolled on degrees that include a year abroad).

(*) Students within the School of Economics and Finance are exceptionally able to go abroad during the autumn semester of their final year 3 to select partner institutions abroad. These students apply for the optional semester abroad during year 2 (not year 1). Please also note that spring semester-only exchanges are not an option for any student at Queen Mary.

If your application through the GO Office's centralised application procedure is successful:

  • You will be made a Conditional offer of exchange for one destination that will only be valid so long as you meet the below requirements:
  • Your chosen modules must be approved by your academic School/Department Coordinator at Queen Mary and be offered within the equivalent academic department at your host institution;
  • You must complete your host institution’s application process and submit all documentation required by them by their set deadlines;
  • You will need to have a language proficiency certificate for non-English programmes if this is specified by your host institution;
  • You will need to maintain a minimum 2:1 (60%) average overall with no failed modules during all developmental years prior to your exchange abroad, though this threshold may be set at a higher level for individual programmes (please check with your academic School/Department Coordinator for exact requirements); and
  • You must have completed and submitted all required contractual documentation to and as specified by the Global Opportunities Office and by the set deadlines.

If you fail to meet any of the aforementioned requirements, your Conditional offer of exchange can be withdrawn by either Queen Mary or the host institution at any time, and you would not go abroad on exchange but rather continue your degree programme at Queen Mary.

Language requirements

Most of Queen Mary’s partner institutions offer tuition in English, but we strongly recommend for you to learn the language of your host country to maximise your integration and get the most out of your exchange experience.

Depending on where you want to go, your host institution may offer intensive language courses, which take place before the semester starts or run throughout the semester.

For exchanges to European destinations through the Erasmus+ Programme, language learning support is also available for many European languages through Online Linguistic Support (OLS).

You might also be able to take a language course here in London at Queen Mary’s Language Centre before you go abroad or you may already be learning the language on to your degree programme. Whatever your situation, we strongly recommend that you learn the language of your host country to get the very most from your exchange experience.

 

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