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:
- 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).
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, without any outstanding resit exams prior to your departure
- have achieved a C average or above in all courses
- 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.
- Choosing courses
As part of the online application you will need to upload two documents:
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 mandatory courses you would need to take if you were in Aberdeen.
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 there in particular, rather than your general motivations to study abroad. Please note that 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
The first round of applications for study exchange in 2019/20 took place in January 2019 and offers to successful students have been made.
Students who applied through our 'clearing' process in March 2019 will be notified of the outcome of their applications in due course.
Applications for Erasmus and international study exchange in 2019/20 are now closed.
- 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 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.
Outgoing Student Handbook
Our Handbook is currently being updated for 2019/20 and will be available for download soon. In the meantime you can refer to our 2018/19 literature for more information about the next stages of the process: