Student exchanges

Update - Mandatory student exchanges in Semester 1

Due to updated guidance from the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office some students, but only those on degree programmes with a mandatory overseas component may now travel in Semester 1. This flexibility on our policy has just been announced.

Optional student exchange temporarily cancelled for Semester 1

Optional student exchanges scheduled to run in Semester 1 of 2020/21 have been temporarily cancelled for health and safety reasons.

The University Executive is currently reviewing its position on whether overseas exchanges and work placements will be able to go ahead in semester 2; the SWAY team will be in touch with impacted students in October to communicate the outcome of this review.

This means that, although we hope students will be able to continue with their planned semester 2 exchanges and work placements where possible, there is no guarantee that these will be able to go ahead.

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Our services and support

Until it is safe to resume student exchanges, feel free to browse options and advice about how our programmes work so you can plan ahead for future adventures.

Learn about the different types of exchange offered at the University of Edinburgh.

Why go abroad ? symbol

Visit our Go Abroad website to find out how going abroad could benefit you.

There are other options for going abroad during your degree, such as Work Abroad, NICE and INCiTE.

Search for partner universities worldwide.

Essential things to know and do before going on exchange.

Application process, requirements and deadlines.

Going on exchange? Follow us on social media!

Find people going to the same location you are, ask questions and get hints and tips on having an international experience.

Join the Go Abroad Facebook Group

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Our exchange progammes are open to most students in the Colleges of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, and Science and Engineering. There are various eligibility conditions, such as your subject and linguistic requirements.

Advice and updates for Erasmus students and applicants.

People and resources to support you before and during your exchange.