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Global Opportunities

Outbound Student Exchange Programme (TEST)

The Outbound Student Exchange Programme allows you to spend part of your undergraduate degree abroad studying at one of over 140 partner institutions across 37 countries both within and beyond Europe.

Want to speak to a Student Ambassador about their exchange experience abroad?

Visit the many brand-new profiles of our Global Opportunities Ambassadors in order to send them your questions.

How does it work?

  • The Outbound Student Exchange Programme enables you to spend a semester or a year at one of our European partner institutions. The process to apply for destinations takes place centrally with the Global Opportunities Office and takes place the year prior to your exchange year.
  • Most of Queen Mary’s regular Bachelor programmes are available "with a year abroad" (WAYA), in which case you would spend your entire third year abroad. Alternatively, as a first-year student on a three-year degree programme, you could spend the first semester of your second year abroad. 
  • If your degree includes a work placement (or a year in industry), you could benefit from funding the Erasmus+ Programme. Read more about Erasmus+ traineeships.
  • Your exchange period will count towards your Queen Mary degree.
  • Different kinds of funding are available to support you for a learning period abroad. There is additional financial support for disadvantaged students. Read more about this in Finance.
  • You can find out more about Erasmus+ on the British Council's website.

The importance of your academic school/department

Your Queen Mary academic school (or department) is central to the Outbound Student Exchange Programme: where you can go depends on the exchange agreements your department has with our partner institutions. You can see where you can study under Where can I go? page for all destinations.

Your academic Coordinator

Each academic school also has a dedicated School/Department Coordinator for outbound exchange-related matters. Find out who your School/Department Coordinator is.