Studying abroad at one of our European partner universities offers you an incredible chance to enrich your life and career prospects by meeting different cultures, people and work in different environments.
You will experience academic life in a foreign country and different teaching and learning methods, giving you a broad, international perspective on your studies.
Please consult full Terms and Conditions for the Student Exchange Programme at Queen Mary here: Terms and Conditions Outbound Student Exchange Programme [PDF 608KB], as well as the General Conditions of Participation on the Terms and Conditions webpage.
When can I go?
As a first-year undergraduate student on a three-year degree programme, you may be eligible to spend autumn semester of your second year abroad. Please check with your School if your degree programme has the autumn semester-only option. (Please note that students from the School of Economics and Finance also have the option to spend autumn semester of their third year at some of their European partner institutions. This option is not available to students from other departments.)
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 you are not enrolled on a programme with a year abroad but would like to spend an entire year studying abroad, speak to your academic School about a programme transfer.
Students already enrolled on a Four Year Integrated Masters programme that does not include a Year abroad would need to transfer to a five-year degree. Please consult with your academic department for information on how you will be able to study abroad during your degree programme at Queen Mary.
Full recognition of your studies
Transferable academic credits (see below) only apply to studies that are part of your host institution’s curriculum; Queen Mary must be satisfied that your programme of study is integrated into your current degree course, so the approval of your School/Department Coordinator is essential.
You should meet with them to discuss your module choices for your European exchange programme. 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 the "Host institution" where you will be studying). 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 "During the mobility" section of your Learning Agreement and obtain signatures again from all parties. This will ensure that what appears on your final transcript of records matches what was agreed in your Learning Agreement.
What are 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 for each semester you spend abroad, or 60 ECTS if you are spending an academic year abroad at a European partner.
Please talk to your academic School/Department Coordinator at Queen Mary to find out what modules you need to take abroad at your host institution. 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 institution. You must check that each proposed module will count towards your Queen Mary degree.
Please ensure that you choose modules worth 30 ECTS per semester, as this is equivalent to a full credit load; this is absolutely essential in order to receive full recognition of your studies (see section above).
Failure to complete your exchange
Very rarely, some students find themselves unable to complete their study abroad period for a variety of reasons.
Please be aware that if you fail to attend your classes or fail to gain sufficient credit on your placement, there can be implications for your academic progress at Queen Mary. For this reason, if you have any problems or difficulties during your placement, you should contact your Queen Mary School/Department Coordinator as soon as possible.
If you fail to pass the number of credits and have to take re-sit your exams, these resits will not form part of your study period abroad. You will need to register separately for your resits and pay any required resit fee directly to your host university.
Please consult full Terms & Conditions via link available at the top of the page.
If you participate in the Erasmus+ Exchange Programme, you will be given an Erasmus+ Student Charter before you leave for your study period abroad.
The Student Charter highlights your rights and obligations while you are on the Erasmus+ programme. It also tells you what you are entitled to (e.g. free tuition and full recognition of your studies abroad) and what is expected of you during your Erasmus+ study period, so you know what you need to do for both your home and host university.
Advice for participants
Before you set off for your exchange, you will need to organise your accommodation, contract(s), finances and make your travel arrangements. The following links should give you some advice: