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How to apply

For outbound student mobility during 2021/22:

Complete information about the application process and guidance on how to prepare can be found on the new QMplus page for outbound student exchanges, open to any Queen Mary student/staff via self-enrolment:

"Go Abroad, Student Information & Resources" QMplus page 

Application round #2*:

  • Apply between 01 February – 19 February 2021 only for destinations where spaces remain
  • Deadline: 19 February 2021 (12 noon GMT)

This is for all optional semesters/optional full years, for four-year 'with a year abroad' degree programme students who missed the 20 November 2020 deadline, or for any year 2 students who decide after mid-November 2020 that they wish to switch onto a four-year degree programme 'with a year abroad' yet are currently only enrolled on a three-year programme.

The list of destinations where spaces remain available will be published on the aofrementioned QMplus page by late January. Students should only include destinations from this ist in their application. 

(*) Not applicable for students enrolled on degree programmes within the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Students should register for and attend one of our virtual "GO Abroad: Get Ready To Apply" workshops (formerly known as "Finance & Budgeting" workshops) as attendance is monitored and presence included in the application scoring process. Visit QMplus page as indicated above for workshops dates and registration. 


Past application round:
For students on a programme with a year abroad*:

  • Apply between 16 October – 20 November 2020 for ALL destinations
  • Deadline: 20 November 2020 (12 noon GMT)

(*) a) The above deadline also applies to any student who meets the eligibility criteria and has the permission of their Queen Mary academic School/Department to apply for a semester/full-year exchange at the University of California, The University of Texas at Austin and/or Waseda University (as these destinations have early internal nomination deadlines). If in doubt please contact your academic School/Department Coordinator well before the 20 November deadline

b) Not applicable for students enrolled on degree programmes within the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Am I eligible for the European Exchange Programme?

You can apply for an Exchange to a European partner university if:

  • you are a current Queen Mary student;
  • your school or department has an exchange agreement with your proposed host university (this means that they are considered a "partner institution");
  • you meet the entry requirements of your academic department.

Please view our Entry Requirements page for additional information.

Can I study abroad at a European institution if it's NOT included in my degree programme?

You may be able to go abroad for an optional exchange to a European partner institution depending on your degree programme, or if not, change your degree programme to one 'with a year abroad' to enable you to study abroad. You should speak to your School/Department Coordinator if you are contemplating this course of action.

Can I study abroad at a European institution if I am on a four-year degree programme?

Current Queen Mary students

If you are currently enrolled on a degree programme that includes the "with Year Abroad" option, you have already made the decision that you wish to go abroad when you selected this and submitted your application on UCAS. Therefore, your academic department expects that you will submit an application with the Global Opportunities Office during your second year, as you would be on track to go abroad during the third year of your course.  where you would provide your ranked selection of desired destination/s as well as your personal motivation.

If you are not yet enrolled on a degree programme that includes the "with Year Abroad" option, please see the above section.

Prospective Queen Mary students

If you wish to spend a full year abroad through the Erasmus+ or Swiss European Mobility Programme during your course at Queen Mary, you will need to select and apply for a degree programme that includes a "with Year Abroad" option when you submit your application directly on UCAS (available for most of our programmes).

Application procedure and what to do next

The application takes place centrally through the Global Opportunities Office.

For full details on how to apply including guidance on how to prepare your next steps, please visit the new QMplus page "Go Abroad, Student Information & Resources" open to any Queen Mary student/staff via self-enrolment.

How will my application be assessed? (selection criteria)

If you want to take part in the Outbound Student Exchange Programme, you should be in ‘good academic standing’ with your academic school: this means that you have met all of your academic obligations and are doing well on your degree programme (see the section for 'Current students' under the "Entry Requirements" sub-page via the left-hand navigation).

Places on the programme will be given to students with the highest grades whose applications show clear motivation and relevance for the requested destinations and where the academic offering at the partner matches the needs of the applicant's degree programme.

If you are applying to study at a partner university where courses are not taught in English, you should also be able to show a good knowledge of the relevant local language. Your motivation to go abroad may also influence the decision to award you a place on the programme.

Every department and school has different bilateral agreements deciding for which potential destinations you could apply; please ask your for details and recommendations before applying. This should also include preliminary research that many of the modules on offer to you would be relevant for your degree programme.

Your application will be assessed by both your academic department and the Global Opportunities Office and given a calculated ranking (number) out of 100 points on the basis of (4): a personal statement, academic standing, contributions in the community (relevant for your desired destination/s) and attendance at one of the "GO Abroad: Get Ready To Apply" Workshops run by the Global Opportunities Office.

Full details on assessment and selection criteria can be found on the QMplus page "Go Abroad, Student Information & Resources."

Do I need to apply for a visa?

If you are an overseas student and need to apply for a visa for your exchange period, please contact us at so that we can provide guidance. You may also wish to contact the Advice and Counselling Service for additional information. If you are concerned about how Brexit might affect your immigration status either in the UK or to your destination country in Europe, please visit the Queen Mary and Brexit FAQ webpage for students.

Please note that we do not recommend submitting any visa applications for your destination country until you have succesfully been made a Conditional offer of an exchange spot on the Exchange Programme.

Disability & Dyslexia Application Information

We want all of our students to be able to enjoy the international opportunities we offer and get the most out of their study abroad placements.

If you think you might need additional support ­– of whatever kind – please let us know when you are considering your application, so that we can help you with your options. It is also a good idea to discuss what additional support you might need on your exchange placement with our Disability and Dyslexia Service.

If you think you will need any extra support on your placement, we strongly recommend that you discuss your application with us and plan ahead: depending on your host university, any adjustments you might need on your placement may take some time to arrange. Please contact and/or the Erasmus+ Manager to discuss further.

Widening participation

Queen Mary, the European Commission and the Erasmus+ Programme are commited to widening participation and increasing the number of mobile students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This commitment aims at promoting equity and inclusion by facilitating the access to participants with disadvantaged backgrounds and fewer opportunities compared to their peers whenever disadvantage limits or prevents participation in transnational activities.

Queen Mary encourages students from all backgrounds to apply, including those from one or more of the disadvantaged background categories below, following current European Commission definitions:

  • Disability,
  • Educational difficulties,
  • Economic obstacles (i.e. financial hardship),
  • Cultural differences,
  • Health problems,
  • Social obstacles,
  • Geographic obstacles (within home country).

Further detail on these definitions is available for consultation: Erasmus+ Widening Participation-Disadvantaged backgrounds [PDF 595KB].


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