Please note that the UK's participation in the Erasmus programme will continue until the end of any currently active projects. Therefore, students can continue to participate in exchange through the Erasmus Programme until May 2023, when our final project ends. Information about the Turing Programme, the UK's national successor scheme, will be provided once the UK Government has published further details.
Both the International Exchange and Erasmus Study/Swiss Exchange programmes use an online application which must be completed by the stated deadline. Our online application is very straightforward and doesn't take long to complete.
If you wish to apply to both exchange programmes you will need to complete both applications. You will be asked which programme is your preference, and if your application is successful, you will be made one offer.
NB If you are doing a joint degree in two languages and wish to apply for Erasmus Study/Swiss Exchange for both languages, you will need to complete the Erasmus application twice.
To familiarise yourself with the online application, watch our video:
If you have any questions about the application process please contact the relevant Go Abroad team:
To participate in an exchange you must have completed one year of undergraduate study, and remain registered as a full-time student at University of Aberdeen while abroad. You must also be mindful that during your exchange you will be serving as an ambassador for the university.
Undergraduate students planning a period of study abroad must:
- achieve 120 credits by the end of year 1 and/or 240 credits by the end of year 2. Students going abroad for the full year or first semester must not have any outstanding resit exams
- have achieved a C average* (Engineering students must have the majority of their Grades at A1-A5; Psychology students need a B2 average)
- have the support of the relevant Go Abroad Tutor(s)
- satisfied any other academic criteria as determined by your subject area(s)
If you intend to complete a Joint Honours degree, you must meet the above conditions in both subject areas.
* Average grades will be calculated from your graded results only, pass/fail grades will not be included.
- Preparing to apply
If you are considering applying for study exchange, the first thing you must do is sign up to our mailing list. We'll keep you up-to-date about Go Abroad promotional events, information sessions, application procedures and deadlines.
Next, start your research! Consult our list of partner universities, making sure they teach appropriate courses for your degree programme at the right level, and determine where you want to go. You will be able to select up to three partner universities in order of preference on the Erasmus application and up to five partner universities on the International Exchange application.
You should also check with the Go Abroad Tutor(s) for your degree programme if there are any departmental restrictions about when you can go abroad (eg. you can only study abroad for the second semester of your 3rd year).
- Choosing courses
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As part of the online application you will need to upload two documents:
- a copy of the Degree Calendar for your programme, to show the compulsory courses which you will need to match during your exchange period.
- a completed Exchange Study Plan (examples of how to complete this have been provided below)
Example Exchange Study Plans:
- For International Exchange applications
- For Erasmus applications
- For Engineering students
- For Language students applying for third year
- For Law students applying for third year
You will need to complete the Exchange Study Plan with your provisional course choices for your preferred partner universities, and your reasons for choosing these partner universities. You must ensure that your preferred partner universities teach suitable equivalents for any compulsory courses you would need to take if you were in Aberdeen. You can find out what your compulsory courses are using the Degree Calendar for your programme.
If you have no mandatory courses in Aberdeen for the semester or year that you plan to study abroad: eg Languages students doing their residence abroad, or students on one of the the 5-year LLB options; then you can freely select courses relevant to your programme.
You will need to write a short statement of motivation for each host institution - one or two paragraphs, 200 words maximum. We are most interested in why you would like to study at your chosen institutions in particular, rather than your general motivations to go abroad. Do not spend your 200 words telling us why you want to go on holiday. Don't tell us how beautiful the city is, how you've always had a 'calling' to visit that country, how you can't wait to go skiing or surfing. We want to hear your academic motivations, not holiday aspirations. Your statement of motivation for each host is only read by University of Aberdeen staff and not by the host institution, as this is an internal application. If you are selected for exchange, you will need to complete a separate application directly to your host institution.
Remember you can list up to 3 preferred universities for Erasmus exchange and up to 5 for international exchange and the Exchange Study Plan should be completed accordingly.
If your application to study abroad is successful, you will finalise your course choice with approval from your Go Abroad Tutor(s) prior to going abroad.
NB: For your exchange study plan, it is important that you match your compulsory courses. However, when abroad, please note that you are expected to take the equivalent of 60 Aberdeen credits per semester.
- For Erasmus+, 60 Aberdeen credits equates to 30 ECTS
- For International Exchange, please refer to our Credit Load Guide
- Go Abroad Tutors
The Go Abroad Tutor is your point of contact for all academic matters relating to studying abroad.
Every department has a dedicated Go Abroad Tutor for exchange and in some departments there is one Go Abroad Tutor per exchange programme.
Please see a list of our Go Abroad Tutors here.
- Apply now
Applications for exchange in academic year 2022/23 will open in January 2022.
- What happens next?
We have a limited number of places at each of our partner universities and therefore the application process is competitive. The selection process is based on academic merit and the strength of your Exchange Statement and the final allocation decision is made by the Go Abroad Team and Go Abroad Tutor(s). We cannot guarantee that all students meeting the academic eligibility criteria will receive an exchange place.
Students who have applied during the first round of applications will be notified of the outcome in late February / early March. Successful applicants will receive an offer letter with allocation details and the terms and conditions of the offer. The offer letter needs to be signed and returned by the stated deadline in order to confirm your place.
All selection and allocation decisions remain provisional at this stage, subject to the specified academic criteria continuing to be met by the end of the academic year.
Once you have returned your offer letter the Go Abroad Team will send a nomination email with your contact details to the host institution.
Host Institution Application Procedure
After receiving your nomination, the host institution will normally contact you directly with further information about their application procedure which you must complete. Procedures and deadlines will vary by host institution.
Next Steps Meeting
We will hold a Next Steps Meeting for successful students.
Date to be confirmed