European Exchange

European Exchange


With the University of Aberdeen exchange programme, you can study in another European country as part of your degree. The credits gained from study abroad count towards your Aberdeen degree programme - so it won't add an extra year to your studies!  Participants also receive a grant to help with any extra costs incurred.

Who would this option suit?

  • European exchange is possible as an undergraduate student at Level 2 and Level 3. Please note that some subjects do not permit Level 3 exchange, or will only allow students to study abroad for a single semester. Check with the Go Abroad Tutor for your subject/s for restrictions.
  • European exchange is also possible for PhD students, who wish to spend an extended period at a partner university.
  • European exchange is NOT suitable for Postgraduate Taught Masters students - please look at our other options to find a more suitable opportunity.

Eligibility criteria

In order to apply, students should:

  • have an overall C average, and be on track to achieve
    • 120 Credit points at the end of 1st year AND/OR
    • 240 Credit points at the end of 2nd year
  • have the support of your Go Abroad Tutor/s (you don't need to request this in advance - they will be contacted as part of the application process)

Important points to note

  • There is a single application deadline (in January), regardless of whether you plan to study abroad in September or January.
  • Bilateral agreements for 2024/25 are currently under negotiation, and therefore subject to change. Options will be finalised no later than January 2024.

Find out more about applying for European exchange on our How to Apply page.

How to search

The University of Aberdeen has partnerships with around 120 universities across Europe. As most European partnerships are subject-specific, opportunities available will depend on your degree programme. Students are only eligible to apply under subjects that are named in the title of their degree programme. Joint degree students can apply under either subject, provided that both subjects are taught at the partner in English. Where agreements are at School level, eg Biological Sciences, students from any subject within the school can apply, provided that relevant courses in English can be found. International Business students should look at agreements according to their degree track, eg Business Management.

Please browse our list of European partnerships below, ordered alphabetically by subject. Within each subject, they are ordered alphabetically by country.

All subjects

Most of these destinations are open to students from all subject disciplines (with the exception of Medicine and Dentistry), on the provision that you can find suitable courses taught in English that meet the requirements of your degree programme.

Where these are restricted to one or two subjects, or we know these destinations to be unsuitable for certain degree programmes, we have noted this, though this list is not exhaustive.

France

 
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University Grenoble Alpes

Germany

 
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Constructor University Bremen

Kiel University*

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz*

Iceland

 
Iceland flag University of Iceland

Netherlands

 
Netherlands flag VU Amsterdam

Norway

 
Norway flag University of Oslo

*Very limited number of courses offered in English.

Accountancy/Finance

Denmark

 
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Copenhagen Business School

Sweden

 
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Umeå University

See also options under All subjects

Anthropology

Estonia

 
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Tallinn University

Finland

 
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University of Lapland

Germany

 
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University of Leipzig

Norway

 
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University of Tromso

See also options under All subjects

Archaeology

Netherlands

 
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University of Amsterdam

Norway

 
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University of Tromso

See also options under All subjects

Art History

Italy

 
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University of Bologna

See also options under All subjects

Biological Sciences

Denmark

 
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Aarhus University

Ireland

 
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University College Cork

Norway

 
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University of Tromso

See also options under All subjects

Business Management

Denmark

 
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Copenhagen Business School

Finland

 
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University of Turku

Sweden

 
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Umeå University

See also options under All subjects

Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies

Ireland

 
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University College Cork

Netherlands

 
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Utrecht University

 

Chemistry

Denmark

 
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Aarhus University

See also options under All subjects.

Please note, students can do their final year MChem Project at non-partner institutions. For further details, please contact the Go Abroad Tutor for Chemistry (MChem).

Computing Science

Denmark

 
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Aarhus University

Germany

 
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University of Freiburg

Italy

 
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University of Padova

Sweden

 
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Stockholm University

See also options under All subjects

Divinity/Religious Studies

Germany

 
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Humboldt University of Berlin*

University of Tübingen*

Netherlands

 
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Theological University Kampen*

Utrecht University

Norway

 
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University of Bergen

*Very limited number of courses offered in English.

See also options under All subjects

Economics

Spain

 
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University of Oviedo

See also options under All subjects

Education

Finland

 
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University of Jyväskylä

University of Lapland

Norway

 
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University of Stavanger

Spain

 
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Mondragon University

Sweden

 
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Uppsala University

See also options under All subjects

Engineering

Germany

 
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TU Dresden

Italy

 
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University of Bologna

University of Genova

University of Padova

Sweden

 
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Chalmers University of Technology

KTH - Royal Institute of Technology

 

Please note that the above options are only suitable for final year projects. For students wishing to spend time abroad in Level 2, there are no suitable European options - please consider International Exchange instead.

English

Austria

 
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University of Vienna

Belgium

 
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University of Liège

Ireland

 
Ireland flag Trinity College Dublin

Netherlands

 
Netherlands flag Utrecht University

Norway

 
Norway flag University of Bergen

See also options under All subjects

Film & Visual Culture

There are no subject-specific agreements for Film & Visual Culture. For European Exchange options, students should check the suitability of university-wide agreements listed under All subjects. Alternatively, students should consider Swiss Exchange or International Exchange options.

French

Belgium

 
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Université Libre de Bruxelles

France

 
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Bordeaux Montaigne University

Rennes 2 University

UCO Angers

University Grenoble Alpes

University of Haute-Alsace

University of Reunion Island

University Savoie Mont Blanc

*For degrees in French & International Relations/Politics, see also options in France under Politics & International Relations

Gaelic

Ireland

 
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University College Cork

 

Geography

There are no subject-specific agreements for Geography. For European Exchange options, students should check the suitability of university-wide agreements listed under All subjects. Alternatively, students should consider Swiss Exchange or International Exchange options.

Geology

Denmark

 
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Aarhus University

Italy

 
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University of Catania*

University of Naples Federico II

 

*Suitable for PG only

See also options under All subjects

If you are interested in project opportunities abroad please contact the Go Abroad Tutor for Geology.

German

Austria

 
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University of Graz

Germany

 
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Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Kiel University

KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Trier University

University of Bonn

University of Cologne

University of Freiburg

University of Leipzig

University of Regensburg

University of Rostock

* See also University of Zurich under Swiss Exchange.

History

Belgium

 
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Ghent University

Netherlands

 
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University of Amsterdam

University of Groningen

Utrecht University

Poland

 
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Pedagogical University of Krakow

See also options under All subjects

The History Department is very keen to encourage and support students thinking about going abroad either for a year or a semester.  Normally, students go abroad the whole of Year 2 or one semester in Year 3.  History does not require any specific course matching.  So, you are free to take any history courses you wish.  On the Exchange Study Plan, you are asked to give an idea of what courses you might take.  That will give the Go Abroad Tutor in History an idea of what you're thinking to take.  But, the key thing is you're not trying to match any courses you might have taken here at your university abroad.  The History Department want you to take advantage of all the unique offerings abroad not replicate something here, and they will do their best to help you if you want to go abroad. 

Law

Austria

 
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Vienna University of Economics and Business

Belgium

 
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KU Leuven

Denmark

 
Denmark flag Aarhus University

Finland

 
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France

 
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University Grenoble Alpes

University of Strasbourg*

Germany

 
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Humboldt University of Berlin**

University of Freiburg**

University of Regensburg**

Netherlands

 
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Norway

 
Norway flag University of Bergen

Spain

 
Spain flag University of Deusto

* Courses taught in French only.
** Courses taught in German only.

Mathematical Sciences

Denmark

 
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Aarhus University

Germany

 
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HFT Stuttgart*

RWTH Aachen University*

University of Regensburg*

 

Spain

 
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Autonomous University of Barcelona*

Turkey

 
Turkey flag Ege University*

*Very limited number of courses offered in English.

See also options under All subjects

Medical Sciences

Denmark

 
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Aarhus University

Italy

 
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University of Camerino

See also options under All subjects and further information from the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition.

Music

Finland

 
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Helsinki Meltropolia University of Applied Sciences

Netherlands

 
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University of Amsterdam

See also options under All subjects

Philosophy

Netherlands

 
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Utrecht University

Norway

 
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University of Bergen

Poland

 
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University of Warsaw

See also options under All subjects

Physics

Denmark

 
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Aarhus University

See also options under All subjects

Politics & International Relations

Finland

 
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University of Lapland

University of Turku

France

 
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Sciences Po Lille

Sciences Po Lyon

Sciences Po Rennes

Spain

 
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University of Deusto

Sweden

 
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Stockholm University

See also options under All subjects

Psychology

Austria

 
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University of Graz

Germany

 
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Osnabrück University

Netherlands

 
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Leiden University

Norway

 
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University of Bergen

See also further information from the School of Psychology

Sociology

Finland

 
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University of Lapland

See also options under All subjects

Spanish

Spain

 
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Complutense University of Madrid

University of Alicante

University of the Basque Country

University of Granada

University of Santiago de Compostela

See also options in Mexico under International Exchange.