Student exchanges

How to apply

Applications for exchanges taking place in the academic year 2022/23 will open in November 2021.

Exchanges application process

Before submitting an application to go on exchange you must first complete the following steps:

Step 1: Attend a pre-application information session

This year's pre-application information sessions will be delivered virtually in October 2021, and will be available on these pages.

View the 2020 Student Exchanges pre-application information session

Step 2: Research partner institutions

Before submitting an application, you should research prospective host institutions thoroughly. You can do this via the host university's website. You should find out about the courses they offer and how they will tie in with your University of Edinburgh degree, assessment, accommodation, and semester dates. 

Guidance notes for many of our University-Wide exchange partner universities are also available.  Though these documents provide a useful guide you are also encouraged to refer to the partner institution’s website to obtain the most current information available.

View partner guidance notes

Step 3: Read the relevant Exchange Application Policy

Read the Exchange Application Policy that relates to your application, in full.  

This document will guide you through all the procedures and policies specific to your exchange programme. You will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood it before submitting your application.

The University-Wide and Subject-Specific application policies will be available on these pages shortly.

Step 4: Complete online application

You may submit a University-Wide and/or a Subject-Specific application.

Applications for exchanges taking place in the academic year 2022/23 will be open from 3-17 November 2021. 

Step 5: Peer marking (University-Wide applications only)

The University-Wide application route includes a peer-marking element which all applicants must complete in order to for their application to be considered.

Each applicant will be randomly assigned five anonymised personal statements to grade via Learn, and in turn, their own personal statement will be assigned to five other students for grading. Each personal statement will then be given an average score, after careful moderation from the SWAY team.

Further information on the peer marking scheme is available in the University-Wide Application Policy and will be covered in the Exchange Pre-Application Information Sessions running throughout October.


Timeline for preparing to go on exchange
October  Virtual pre-application information sessions available online
03 November 2021 (12 noon, GMT) Exchange applications open 
17 November 2021 (12 noon, GMT) Exchange applications close 
December 2021 - January 2022 Places offered to successful applicants

January 2022 - date tbc

(12 noon, GMT)

Deadline to accept or decline offer 
Late January - June 2022
  • SWAY nominates students to partner university
  • Students complete host university application process
  • Attend compulsory pre-departure session
  • Complete necessary pre-departure paperwork - learning agreement, grant contracts, risk assessments 
  • Make practical arrangements - accommodation, visas, book flights, etc
June - October 2022 Depart on exchange

Note: To proceed with your exchange, you must pass all your courses in second year at first sitting. Students who have not passed a full 240 credits of courses by June will not be permitted to proceed with their exchange.