Study and Work Away Service

How to apply

Find out how to apply for an exchange place at one of our international partner institutions in 2024/25.

2024/25 exchange applications are now closed

All applicants will be contacted in due course regarding next steps.

Application process

The following steps outline the University of Edinburgh's process for applying for an exchange place at one of our international partner institutions. 

Please note that the application process is very competitive and no student is guaranteed an exchange place.  

You should be aware that to proceed with your exchange, you must pass all your courses in second year at first attempt.  As per University regulations, you must have achieved 240 credits before for participating in your year abroad. 

Industrial action

For 2024/25 applicants, your credits might have been impacted by industrial action. For University-wide exchanges, information about how this will be taken into consideration when allocating places is provided in the Application Guide (see Step 3 below). For School-specific exchanges, you can contact your school for more information on the academic requirements for your exchange.


Expected timeline for preparing to go on exchange
October 2023 Exchange pre-application information sessions 
1 November 2023 (12 noon, GMT) Exchange applications open 
16 November 2023 (12 noon, GMT) Application deadline
20 November 2023 (12 noon, GMT) Deadline for submission of personal statement to PebblePad (University-wide applications only)
22 - 28 November 2023 (12 noon, GMT) Peer marking process opens (University-wide applications only)
11 January 2024 Places offered to successful applicants
18 January 2024 (12 noon, GMT)

Deadline to accept or decline offer 

Note: applicants to University of California have earlier deadline of 4 January 2024

Late January - April 2024 Reallocation of any remaining available places
Late January - June 2024
  • 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 2024

Depart on exchange *