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Entry requirements

Am I eligible to participate in Queen Mary's 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, which may be to a European partner institution or a partner institution beyond Europe. 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.

Applying on UCAS for your Queen Mary Degree Programme "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.

Joining Queen Mary on a 'with a year abroad' degree programme directly from UCAS will give you highest priority (and increased chances of being allocated an exchange spot at one of your desired destinations) when you complete the central application process managed by the Global Opportunities team during year 2 if you apply during the first/main application round. This process 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.

Please note that entry requirements vary across our academic schools.

Once you are enrolled/if you are already enrolled on a 'with a year abroad' (or WAYA) degree programme:

  • You will need to complete the GO team'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 (early/mid November deadline) to maximise your chances of being allocated one of your top desired destinations.

If you are not yet enrolled on a 'with a year abroad' (or WAYA) degree programme:

You will need to discuss with your academic School/Department Coordinator at Queen Mary to know: a) if spots remain on the version of your degree programme that includes a year abroad, b) if switches onto 'with a year abroad' (or WAYA) degree programmes are currently being permitted, and c) if you meet the eligibility criteria set by your academic school.

  • Year 1 students: you are not currently authorised to switch onto a WAYA degree programme if you are not already enrolled on one, due to capacity at our partner institutions. Requests can be considered from January of year 2 (see below) and first-year grades will also be reviewed. 
  • Year 2 students: you are advised to follow the below guidance if you wish to switch onto a WAYA degree programme:
    1) Consult the list of destinations with exchange spaces remaining to be published from mid-January. Do bear in mind that destination availability may be limited. (This gives priority to students who join Queen Mary already enrolled on a WAYA degree programme, who will have applied during the first application round.)
    2) The Global Opportunities Office will advise academic schools by mid-January whether sufficient capacity remains at our partner institutions for new students (who are not already enrolled on a WAYA degree programme) to apply.
    3) If sufficient capacity remains and only where you are interested in including any of these destinations (with exchange spaces remaining) in your application, you may be permitted to apply. Consult with your academic School/Department Coordinator to confirm whether your current academic standing meets the eligibility criteria to participate in the Student Exchange Programme (performing at a 2:1 average with no failed modules) and if space remains on the WAYA programme you want to switch onto.
    4) If capacity remains, if you are interested in destinations where spaces remain and if you meet the eligibility criteria to switch onto a WAYA degree programme, you will need to submit an application during the second application round (by the February deadline at the absolute latest) only for these destinations where spaces remain; please consult the How to apply page for full application guidance.
    5) Your academic School/Department Coordinator will communicate to you in due course the protocol to follow for switching onto the WAYA degree programme (this will involve completing Change of Programme procedures directly with your academic school, yet the timing of when this should happen will be at the discretion of your academic school).

In any scenario where capacity no longer remains with our exchange partners for new students to switch onto WAYA degrees, where your academic school rejects your request/informs you that spots no longer remain on the version of your degree 'with a year abroad' and/or confirms that you do not meet the eligibility criteria to switch onto a WAYA degree, a full-year exchange abroad will not be possible for you.

Alternatively, you could consider opportunities offered under Summer and Short-Term Programmes, or if you are in year 1*, you could inquire if you are eligible to complete a semester abroad instead (see above) and apply by the relevent deadline.

(*) Students within the School of Economics and Finance are exceptionally permitted to complete an exchange abroad during the autumn semester of their final year 3 to select partner institutions. 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.

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 team'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.

  • You should normally apply in the second application round (February deadline) for where spaces remain at our exchange partners, except:
  • If you wish to include any of the four destinations in your application that require you to apply in the first round (see our How to apply page), you should apply instead during the first application round (November deadline). During the allocation process, your application will be reviewed and considered 1) after all applications submitted by students enrolled on 'with a year abroad' degree programmes have been allocated and 2) only for a space at one of these four 'early deadline' destinations. 
  • If your application is unsuccessful for all of these four destinations, you may reapply during the second application round (February deadline) for alternative destinations where spaces remain.

(*) Students within the School of Economics and Finance are exceptionally permitted to complete an exchange abroad during the autumn semester of their final year 3 to select partner institutions. 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 team'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:
  • 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);
  • You must have completed and submitted all required contractual documentation to and as specified by the Global Opportunities team and by the set deadlines; and
  • Your chosen modules must be approved by your Queen Mary academic School/Department Coordinator and be offered within the equivalent academic department at your host institution. You must ensure that your selected modules at the host institution allow you to progress on your Queen Mary degree programme (full details on our Study page).

Failure to meet the aforementioned conditions and 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 studies at Queen Mary. If enrolled on a 'with a year abroad' degree programme, you would need to revert back to the three-year version of your degree and complete your final year of studies at Queen Mary instead.

(*) 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.

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 may be available through the Online Linguistic Support (OLS) (see subsection "Online Linguistic Support" in the dropdown accordion menu).

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.