Student exchanges

Before you go

Essential academic and administrative matters you need to know about before you go on your exchange place.

Academic matters

An exchange period is an integral part of your degree programme and credit gained whilst on exchange counts towards your Edinburgh degree. Learn more about credit systems abroad and transferring credit to Edinburgh.

Pre-departure documents

All pre-departure documents are downloadable from your Mobility-Online workflow.


Housing arrangements vary from institution to institution. Your accommodation is your responsibility so try to make your arrangements early to avoid stress on arrival.

Linguistic support

Opportunities to learn a language or improve your language skills before and during your exchange.


It’s essential that you have appropriate insurance for your time overseas - don’t leave home without it!


Students going on International Exchanges may need an 'Exchange Student' visa.

Health and safety

While there is always some inherent risk with any kind of travel, there are a number of steps that you can take to help you keep healthy and safe.