We've answered some common questions about Erasmus and Study Abroad below, but if you're still unsure then please get in touch!
Exchange opportunities are offered to undergraduate students aged over 18 in year 2 or 3 (year 4 may be an option for certain subjects, please check with us). Take a look at the 'Where can I study?' page to see available options for your course.
You can choose to go for a full academic year or a single semester. You will need to check how this fits in with your course (some courses may be limited to a particular semester), the modules offered at the partner university, and your personal preference.
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.
For students applying via the Erasmus programme:
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. 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.
You will be responsible for covering your own travel costs, visa fees, housing, meals, and in some cases additional health insurance or an administrative fee charged by the host university. The cost will depend on the host university and country, for example studying and living in the USA is more expensive than studying and living in many countries in Europe.
Credits earned during an exchange semester or year 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 programme leader's approval. If you then proceed to pass/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. Our partners in the US have slightly different systems, but you will be looking to take roughly 12-15 credits in the US partner university per semester.
No, almost all of our partner universities teach in English. There are a few exceptions where we offer an exchange but proficiency in the country’s main language is needed. These are indicated in the list of partner universities.
We encourage you to start learning key words and phrases in the language of your host country before you go abroad. Abertay can support you with 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 either before or during your stay.
Students on the Erasmus+ programme can take advantage of the Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support.
There’s lots of useful information about Erasmus and Study Abroad on the following websites:
Erasmus Student Guidebook – published by the Erasmus Student Network
Third Year Abroad – the UK’s biggest network of students who study or work abroad during their degree
If you still have questions or want to know more, email us.