Global Opportunities

Entry requirements

Am I eligible for the Erasmus+ Programme?

Whatever your nationality, if you are registered to study for a full Queen Mary degree, you can apply to the Erasmus+ Programme. However:

  • You must be at least in your second year of study when you go abroad. You will also need approval from your School/Department Erasmus+ Coordinator;
  • If you are considered ‘out of attendance’ at Queen Mary you are not eligible to apply for the programme.

Please view additional entry requirement information below.

Entry requirements for the Semester Abroad option

  • Your chosen modules must be approved by your Queen Mary School/Department Erasmus+ Coordinator and be offered within the equivalent academic department at your host university;
  • You must complete your host university’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 university; 
  • You should have a minimum 2:1 (ie a mark of 60 per cent or above) final mark (with no failed modules) for the academic year before your exchange period (please check with your School/Department Erasmus+ Coordinator for exact entry requirements); and
  • You must have completed and returned your contractual Erasmus+ documentation to the Global Opportunities Office.

Entry requirements for the Year Abroad option

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

It is important for you to be well-prepared in order to gain the most benefit from your period of study abroad. You will therefore be required to attain a minimum standard in your first year of study. Normally you will be expected to achieve at least a 2.1 (60%) overall in your first year, though this threshold may be set at a higher level for individual programmes. You will also be expected to sustain a high level of attainment in your second year. 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 academic school you want to apply to here. 

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

Applying for the year abroad as a current Queen Mary student

Please note that entry requirements vary across our academic schools.

  • Your chosen modules must be approved by your Queen Mary School/Department Erasmus+ Coordinator and be offered within the equivalent academic department at your host university;
  • You must complete your host university’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 university;
  • You should have a minimum mark of 60 per cent or above as your final mark (with no failed modules) for the academic year before your exchange period (please check with your School/Department Erasmus+ Coordinator for exact requirements);
  • You must have completed and returned your contractual Erasmus+ documentation to the Global Opportunities Office.

Language requirements

As not all of Queen Mary’s partner universities offer tuition in English, we strongly encourage you to learn the language of your host country. 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.

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 Erasmus+ experience.

Choosing modules at the partner institution

What is the ECTS?

The European Credit Transfer System (or ECTS) was developed by the Commission of the European Communities to standardise the academic recognition of studies abroad. It allows universities to measure and compare your learning achievements, and transfer your module credits from one academic institution to another.

For reference, 1 Queen Mary credit = 0.5 ECTS. 30 ECTS are equivalent to 60 Queen Mary credits. Therefore, you need to take a course load of 30 ECTS credits for each semester you spend abroad or 60 ECTS if you are spending an academic year on the Erasmus+ Programme.

Please talk to your Queen Mary School/Department Erasmus+ Coordinator to find out what modules you need to take abroad at your host university. Usually, you will look at the modules you would be taking at Queen Mary if you stayed here for that period and need to find an equivalent at your host university. You must check that each proposed module will count towards your Queen Mary degree.

Please ensure that you choose modules worth 30 ECTS (see below) per semester; this is absolutely essential.

Full recognition of your Erasmus+ studies

Transferable academic credits only apply to studies that are part of your host university’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 is essential.

You should meet them to discuss your module choices for your Erasmus+ exchange. You then will need to include your final selection of modules in your Learning Agreement to be signed by three parties (yourself, Queen Mary as "Sending institution" and your host university as "Host institution"). This ensures that your studies abroad will be fully recognised by Queen Mary.

If you make any changes to these modules during your studies abroad, you must complete the updated version of the Learing Agreement to be signed again by all parties. This will ensure that what appears on your final transcript of records matches what was agreed in your Learning Agreement.

Erasmus+ Traineeship and Graduate Traineeship entry requirements

Please contact us at goabroad@qmul.ac.uk if you are interested in an Erasmus+ Traineeship so that we can advise you.

You should consult the Traineeships page in the meantime to review the eligibility, duration and location requirements. 

 

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