Erasmus+ Exchange

Erasmus+ Exchange

Erasmus is a student exchange programme funded by the European Commission. The Erasmus+ exchange enables students at our Erasmus+ partner universities to spend one or two semesters studying at Abertay University.

Over 3 million students from 33 countries have participated in Erasmus since the programme began in 1987. Erasmus+ enables you to experience life in Scotland, meet students from all over the world and improve your English language skills (you may even qualify for an Erasmus+ grant to help finance your exchange).

If you have any questions about Erasmus+, please email 

Deadlines for 2019/20 academic year:

  • 15 May 2019 for semester 1 and full year 2019/20 applications.
  • 15 October 2019 for semester 2 2019/20.

Late applications are welcome depending on availability.

Who can apply for an Erasmus+ exchange?

You can apply if you have been nominated for an Erasmus+ exchange at Abertay by one of Abertay's Erasmus+ partner institutions. If your home university is not one of our Erasmus + partners, you can still apply to study at Abertay as a free mover through our EU Visiting Student Programme

When can I study at Abertay?

You are welcome to apply for either one semester (term) or the full year. Semester 1 usually starts at the end of August and ends in mid-December, Semester 2 starts in early January and ends in early May.

Please see our Academic Calendar for exact term dates.

Costs and financial support

As an Erasmus+ student you are not required to pay tuition fees. You may also be eligible for an Erasmus+ student mobility grant. Please inquire with the International Office at your home university for further information.

Dundee is an affordable student city with the cost of living estimated at 12% below the UK average. You can view estimated living costs for Dundee here.

What can I study?

The general area of study open to you depends on the subject specified in the Erasmus+ agreement between your home university and Abertay.

You will be registered as a Visiting Student with the Academic School which hosts this subject. While you should pick the majority of modules from this subject area, we will allow you to pick and mix modules from any of our courses as long as you meet the individual module prerequisites.

Please consult our module catalogue for further details of the modules on offer.

Please note that your choice of modules is still subject to timetable clashes. This is particularly common if you choose modules across different courses and years, and we recommend choosing modules from the same course and year to avoid this.

Timetables are announced a few weeks before the start of teaching so, unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee whether a certain combination of modules will be feasible at the time of application.


If in doubt whether we offer a certain subject, please get in touch and we will be happy to advise you.

Do I receive academic recognition and credit?

You will receive a transcript of records which lists the modules you have completed at Abertay and the credits and grades achieved. Abertay uses the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). One SCQF credit point is equivalent to 0.5 ECTS credits, so a full workload of 30 ECTS credits per semester equates to 60 SCQF credit points.

Please check with the International Office at your home university for information on credit transfer requirements. You will need to complete an Erasmus+ Learning Agreement (link needed) and get this signed by both your home university and Abertay in order to be able to transfer our credits.

Please note that as an Erasmus+ student, you are not eligible to graduate with an Abertay degree.

How to apply

  1. Ask the International Office or Erasmus+ Co-ordinator at your home university for advice. You can only apply for an Erasmus+ exchange at Abertay once you have been nominated by your home university. If your home university would like more information, they can obtain details by emailing
  2. Complete our Erasmus application form. You must print off and sign the form before sending it to us.
  3. On the application form, you are asked to provide a reference from the International Office or academic staff at your home university. This also serves as proof of your English language proficiency, so you will not be required to provide any test results.
  4. You should also note your preferred choice of modules on the application form, with additional choices in case your preferred choices are not feasible due to unmet module prerequisites or timetable clashes. Please see our module catalogue for details.

In addition, please attach:

  • a current transcript of records.

We understand you won't be able to provide grades for your current semester yet, however please list the subject you'll be studying and corresponding ECTS credits without listing the grades.

You can send the completed form via e-mail or by post to:

Exchange and Study Abroad Officer
Abertay University
Bell Street
Dundee DD1 1HG
United Kingdom

What happens after I apply?

We aim to take a decision on your application within 2 weeks. We will advise you of our decision by e-mail.

If you are given an offer, you will be issued with a unique student number. This number, which you will keep for the duration of your studies at Abertay, allows you to access the part of our website which contains details of registration and enrolment. This information and other details will also be e-mailed to you.

All international students are invited to attend an International Student Welcome event and orientation programme before the start of teaching. For more information on this and advice on how to prepare for your stay in Dundee, please see our International Guide.


Once you are have accepted our offer, you will be able to apply for University accommodation. We offer a range of choices within walking distance of our city centre campus.

English language courses

Abertay offers pre-sessional English language courses before the start of teaching and free in-sessional courses throughout the semester. You can find more information about these courses here.