The Erasmus programme enables you to study or work in Europe for a semester or full year as part of your degree, and provides a grant to most students.
Erasmus mobility is carried out with the support of the Commission of the European Communities within the framework of the Erasmus programme.
No - in fact, fewer than half of Edinburgh students on Erasmus exchanges are studying on language degrees and we have a number of exchange partners where students may study in English. Of course, if you do have skills in a language other than English, this may open up even more options for you!
Edinburgh has Erasmus agreements with around 180 universities in more than 20 countries. Exchange links for study placements are between departments rather than institutions, so where you can go will depend on what your degree programme at Edinburgh.
Most Erasmus exchanges are subject-specific, so our agreement will normally be in one subject area.
However, if you are on a joint honours programme, you may still be able able to undertake an Erasmus exchange under one or other of your degree subjects, as long as you have checked that the university you want to go to offers courses in both of your degree subjects.
It is your responsibility to research the course options at prospective host universities to ensure that you can satisfy your year abroad requirements for both subject areas.
Most Edinburgh students who go on exchange do so in their third year of study, although there are exceptions to this in a few subjects.
Placements may be for between three and 12 months, although the majority of Edinburgh students must go for a full academic year.
Erasmus exchanges are an integral part of your degree programme and credit gained whilst on Erasmus counts towards your degree at Edinburgh.
You must, therefore, study courses relating to your Edinburgh degree and obtain approval for your programme of study from the Erasmus coordinator in your subject area.
Joint honours students must receive approval from the Erasmus Coordinators in both subject areas.
"Erasmus definitely broadens your horizons."
studied Law in France
Most, but not all, subjects have Erasmus opportunities. However, we also have exchanges with the University of Amsterdam, Lund University, and University College Dublin which are university-wide so are open to students in most subject areas. These institions offer a wide range of courses (many in English), but it is your responsibility to research these options to determine whether they are suitable for your degree programme. Places at these partners is limited and priority will be given, where possible, to students who do not have access to Erasmus options in their own subject areas.
The International Office runs a variety of information sessions and an exchange fair in the lead up to the application period in November. Your School or Subject Area may also hold their own information session so please check in your School to find out if and when this may be taking place.
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Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply to study abroad. Some destinations are more suitable than others so it would be useful to investigate options at an early stage with your Personal Tutor, the Disability Office and/or the International Office. Please note that we cannot guarantee the same type or level of support offered at Edinburgh will be available at our partner institutions.
This article was published on Oct 21, 2013