We have over 400 Erasmus exchange places for students from partner universities across Europe.
The programme at a glance
You can apply for Erasmus exchange if you are currently enrolled in your first year (or above) of study at a home institution which has an Erasmus exchange agreement with the University of Edinburgh AND your home institution has nominated you to study with us.
You can check our exchange agreements to see if we have an exchange link with your university. If we do, the next step is to contact the Study Abroad Adviser or International Office at your home institution to enquire whether Erasmus exchange will be a possibility for you:
Although it is possible to study in Edinburgh during Semester 1, Semester 2 or the full academic year, the length of time you can study here might depend on the Erasmus exchange agreement we hold with your home university.
The Erasmus programme is delivered with the support of the commission of the European Communities within the framework of the Erasmus programme.
Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the UK government decided not to participate in the next Erasmus programme (2021-2027). This decision does not affect the UK’s participation in the current Erasmus+ programme (2014 – 2020). The University of Edinburgh is continuing to participate in the current Erasmus+ programme until the end of our 2020 project, which has been extended until 31 May 2023. This means that we can continue to receive exchange students under the current Erasmus+ programme for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 academic years, as long as your home university has also been granted an extension to their 2020 project. Please check with your home university for more information.
What can I study?
If you are coming on a general (subject-wide) Erasmus exchange agreement then you are free to apply to either the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences OR the College of Science and Engineering.
If you are coming on a subject specific Erasmus exchange agreement then you will be required to take two thirds of your courses in the subject area of the Erasmus exchange agreement you have been nominated on.
If you are applying under a Modern European Languages Erasmus exchange, you will probably be studying English at your home university. You will be required to select two thirds of your courses in the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences.
To apply, you must:
- Be nominated by your home university to study on an exchange agreement
- Have completed a minimum of one full year of studies at your home institution*
- Have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or over on a 4.0 scale OR equivalent (B average) OR ECTS ‘C’ at your home university
- Provide a strong personal statement
- Provide evidence of your written and spoken English skills if English is not your first language (please see below for further information)
Nominated exchange students are not required to submit a reference at the time of application. However, both College Visiting Student Offices reserve the right to request a reference from an exchange applicant at any point during the application period.
*Applicants to the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will be required to provide a transcript at the point of application demonstrating they have completed a minimum of one full year of study at their home institution. Where one full year has not yet been completed, study at a previous institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants to the College of Science and Engineering will be required to provide a transcript demonstrating that they have completed 1 semester of study.
English language requirements
You may be required to provide us with evidence of your English language ability if you are not from a majority English speaking country, and:
- You will study with us on a Student Route visa or/and;
- You wish to take third or fourth year level courses outside the subject area of your Erasmus exchange agreement (only applies to courses in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences).
The qualifications we accept meet both our minimum English language proficiency requirements and the minimum standards for Student route visas. Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity ISE, or PTE Academic (Pearsons) in which case it must be no more than two years old:
Must be no more than two years old
- IELTS (Academic module) – overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
- TOEFL iBT (including Special Home Edition) – 92 or above with 20 in each section
- Trinity ISE – ISE II (distinction all components) / ISE III (pass all components)
- PTE Academic (Pearsons) – overall 62 with 54 in each component
Must be no more than three and a half years old
- Cambridge CAE/CPE – 176 overall (162 component), grade A-C
- The additional qualifications as listed on our central English Language requirements website
If you wish to take 3rd/4th year (Level 10) courses in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences then you will need to meet a slightly higher score and you will be required to demonstrate a CEFR C1 Level. Please contact the Visiting Student Office directly for further information about the requirements to access Level 10 courses (CAHSSvisitingstudents@ed.ac.uk).
The above English language requirements may not apply if you are studying at an institution approved by the University of Edinburgh where English is the medium of teaching.
Erasmus exchange students will not pay any tuition fees to the University of Edinburgh.