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Erasmus Study

Study abroad in Europe!‌ Erasmus is a student exchange programme funded by the European Commission. Since the programme began in 1987, over 3 million students from 33 countries have participated in Erasmus. As an Abertay student, you can study at one of Abertay's Erasmus partner universities for a year or semester. Erasmus enables you to experience life in another European country, meet students from all over the world and perhaps even pick up some language skills - while receiving a non-repayable Erasmus grant to help you finance your stay abroad!

Read about the experience of Abertay students who studied abroad in 2014/15: Emma spent a year at the University of Lapland to study Behvaioural Science and Kyle studied Criminology at the University of Malta.

Also make sure to check out this inspiring video from a Scottish student who won the British Council Erasmus Video Competition 2011:

Application deadlines

  • 15 March 2016 for Semester 1 and full year 2016/17 applications as well as early Semester 2 applications
  • 15 September 2016 for Semester 2 2016/17. Please note that Semester 2 options may be limited depending on availability if you don't apply by the earlier deadline above.

Late applications are welcome depending on availability of places and funds.

Who can take part?

Abertay offers exchange opportunities for undergraduate students aged over 18 in Year 2 or Year 3 (for Dundee Business School students Year 4 could also be an option - please check with us for details). As part of the exchange, students from our partner universities in Europe come to study at Abertay.

What are the benefits of an Erasmus exchange?

Exchange through Erasmus can be an incredible academic, personal and professional experience. You will have the opportunity to learn about another culture, people and way of life as well as travel and experience academic life at an EU institution. During the exchange, students gain new skills, develop fresh ideas and make new friends. You will also be able to enhance your CV, expand employment opportunities and make yourself an attractive candidate for any job - employers value international experience as well as qualities such as independence, self-motivation and the ability to overcome challenges.

The 2014 Erasmus Impact Study found that graduates with an international background are given greater professional responsibility, and young people who study or train abroad were much less likely to face long-term unemployment.

Where can I study?

Course University Partner Country
Accounting and Finance / Business Management /
Marketing and Business
University of Applied Sciences Dortmund Germany
IDRAC Business School
Universita Carlo Cattaneo LIUC Italy
University of Turku Finland
tio University of Applied Sciences (Utrecht/Amsterdam) Netherlands
Université de Lille 2
(French language proficiency required)
Biomedical Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences Germany
Civil Engineering Istanbul Bilgi University ‌Turkey
Computer Arts Cologne Game Lab ‌Germany
University of Applied Sciences Dortmund
(German language proficiency required)
NHTV Breda Netherlands
Criminology University of Malta Malta
Food & Consumer Sciences University of Applied Sciences Osnabruck Germany
University of Naples Federico II Italy
Forensic Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences Germany
Game Design & Production Management Cologne Game Lab Germany
NHTV Breda Netherlands
Howest, University College West Flanders Belgium
Law (one semester only) Universita Carlo Cattaneo LIUC Italy
University of Gothenburg Sweden
University of Lapland Finland
Media, Culture and Society University of Amsterdam Netherlands
  IE University Segovia Spain
Psychology / Psychology and Counselling / Psychology and Forensic Biology University of Groningen Netherlands
University of Malta Malta
IE University Segovia Spain
Sociology University of Amsterdam Netherlands
Istanbul Bilgi University Turkey
Sound and Music for Games University of Applied Sciences Dortmund
(German language proficiency required) 
Sport and Exercise Universidad de Granada
(Spanish language proficiency required)

Don't be discouraged if your course or preferred destination isn’t on the list above.  We are continuously expanding opportunities for Abertay students so get in touch to see what options may be available.

Please note that even if your course is on the list above, the feasibility of the exchange depends on module choices available at the partner university, which may change from year to year.

When and how long is the exchange?

Most students study abroad in Years 2 or 3 (for Dublin Business School students, Year 4 could also be an option). You could go for either a full year or a single semester depending on your course structure, the modules offered at the partner university and your personal preference.

The exact timing of the exchange depends on the host university.  Generally, Semester 1 modules begin in September and end in December or January.  Semester 2 modules begin in January/February and end in May/June. Please note that in some cases different semester times lead to overlaps between teaching at Abertay and at the host university, in particular if the host university is located in Germany or Malta and you are going abroad for Semester 1 only. If this affects you then we will advise on appropriate arrangements.

Will I be able to afford it?

As part of the exchange agreement between Abertay and the partner university, you will not be liable for paying tuition fees at the host university. You will continue to pay tuition fees to Abertay through your normal arrangements. If you usually apply for SAAS tuition fee support, a student bursary or loan, you will be able to do this as if you were studying at Abertay.

In addition, Erasmus offers a non-repayable grant to participating students in order to help you cover the cost of the exchange. You will receive 80% of the Erasmus grant before the start of your studies abroad and 20% upon return. You will be responsible for paying the costs associated with the exchange such as travel costs, housing, meals and personal spending. The need for any additional money beyond the Erasmus grant will depend on your personal circumstances and lifestyle abroad.

There may be additional funds available depending on your household income or if you have special needs. For grant amounts please check with us as these are set by the British Council and vary from year to year.

Do I need to know a language?

No! Almost all of our Erasmus partners teach in English. Nevertheless, we encourage you to start learning the language of your host country before you go abroad. Abertay can support you in learning languages here in Dundee - please contact Abertay Language Centre for more information. You may also be able to take classes in your host country before you begin your exchange or during your stay.

Do I receive academic recognition and credit?

Credits earned during an Erasmus exchange are counted towards your degree and recognised on your transcript. Your study abroad experience will also be recognised in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Please note that your grades achieved abroad will not be converted and will not be taken into account for calculating your degree classification. This means, for example, that if you study abroad during your entire Year 3, only grades achieved during your Year 4 will count towards your degree classification.

Before participating in an exchange, you must document the modules you intend to take at the partner university in a Learning Agreement and seek your School Erasmus contact's approval. If you then proceed to complete the approved modules, the credits earned will be added to your Abertay transcript after your return.

Our European partners use the European Credit and Transfer System (ECTS) while Abertay is part of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). One SCQF credit point is the equivalent of 0.5 ECTS credits, so a full workload of 60 SCQF credit points per semester equates to 30 ECTS credits.

How do I apply?

  1. Discuss your module choices at the partner university with your Programme Leader and complete an Erasmus learning agreement. Please note, you only need to complete the sections marked in yellow.

  2. Turn in the following application materials to the International Office by the deadline:

  • Completed and signed ‌Outgoing exchanges application form 2016-17 (pdf)
  • Completed Erasmus learning agreement signed by yourself and Programme Leader
  • Current transcript of records (OASIS printout)
  • Short recommendation from Programme Leader (this can be e-mailed directly to the International Office)
  • Letter of motivation (max. 500 words) detailing why you would like to participate and why you would be a good candidate
  • Copy of your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) - this can be submitted late if you don't have it at time of application
  • Copy of your passport - this can be submitted late if you don't have it at time of application

You can also scan and send all documents by e-mail.

PLEASE NOTE:  If Abertay accepts your application, we will nominate you for an Erasmus exchange to our partner university. The partner university may have a separate application process; students are responsible for checking this process on the university’s website and submitting all application materials to the host university to ensure their admission. Once students receive an official acceptance letter from the host university, Abertay will begin documentation for students to receive the Erasmus grant.


Feel free to contact Torsten Matzke, Abertay's Exchange and Study Abroad Officer, for more information.

Meet Torsten at his drop-in sessions in the Library on Level 2 (Student Services):

Wednesdays 14.00-16.00

Fridays 10.00-12.00

Also, make sure to check out these resources to help you prepare for your study abroad adventure:

Erasmus student guidebook published by the Erasmus Student Network, the UK's biggest network of students who study or work abroad during their degree.