Student exchanges

Where can I go?

Find out where you could go, and read about our university-wide partners.

Optional student exchanges 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.

Students should keep in mind that, even if the University Executive does allow overseas activity to proceed in semester 2, this will be dependent on travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), partner institutions’ ability to accept students, and any entry/visa restrictions which may be in place for your destination. For example, if the FCDO is advising against all travel, or all but essential travel to your destination, your activity will not be able to go ahead. All students will also be asked to complete an enhanced two-stage risk assessment process before any semester 2 travel is approved.


The University of Edinburgh offers students the opportunity to study in Europe and beyond via our Erasmus and International Exchange programmes. 

We have around 300 student exchange partners in nearly 40 countries world-wide.

See all our exchange destinations for 2022-2022:


Our exchange opportunities are listed in two separate categories:

University-wide exchanges

University-wide exchanges are open to most students in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) and the College of Science and Engineering (CSE), and to students on some programmes in the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences.

Your degree subject may not necessarily be offered by all our university-wide partner institutions. You must check before you apply that suitable courses are offered by the institution(s) that you plan to apply to.

Subject-specific exchanges

Subject-Specific exchanges are only open to students whose degree programme is in the stated Subject Area, so where you can go depends on your degree programme at Edinburgh.  These exchanges have been set up by individual Schools and Subject Areas so should offer appropriate courses to satisfy your degree programme requirements. 

Partner guidance notes

Find out more about the destinations on offer in our guidance notes on university-wide partners.