How Do I Apply?

You’ll need to decide which of our partner institutions you would like to study at. On the application form, you can select up to 3 options (from either/both European and non-European partners).

Your next step is to find the module options on your partner university website. Please see the Finding modules page for links to partner university course catalogues/classes for exchange students.

Find the ones that interest you and roughly match up with what you would be studying if you were staying at Abertay. You’ll need to match the number of credits using the table below. For example, if you are taking one semester in Europe, you’ll need to take modules up to the value of 30 ECTS. The credits systems work as follows:

Credits System

1 semester

Full academic year

SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)



ECTS (European Credits Transfer System)



US & Canadian Universities - please check with the Erasmus & Study Abroad team




You should apply via the online application form. Applications are now closed for Semester 1/Full Academic Year 2020/21. Applications will reopen for Semester 2 2020/21 on 1st July 2020. You will need the following documents ready to upload as part of the application:

  • Completed learning agreement for your first choice partner university, signed by your programme leader at Abertay. Please make sure you go through the modules you have chosen with your programme leader, to confirm that they are a good match to Abertay modules. Please use the document downloads below (and no older versions), completing only the highlighted sections.

  • Current transcript of records (download this from OASIS)

  • Your letter of motivation (max. 500 words) detailing why you would like to participate and why you would be a good candidate

  • Clear scanned copy or photo of your passport (this can be submitted late if you don’t have it at the time of application). Please make sure you have at least six months remaining on your passport from the time you expect to be returning to the UK.



To apply for Erasmus/Study Abroad in semester 2 in 2020/21, the deadline to apply is 18 September 2020.

Late applications may be accepted if there are extra places available, but we encourage you to submit your application before the deadline.


What happens next?

We consider all aspects of the application in the selection process, and use this to determine who to place where. This is why we ask for more than one option of partner university as some are extremely popular and we have limited places.

You’ll find out the outcome of your application within two weeks after the deadline. If you are offered a place at one of your choices and you accept, we will take forward the nomination process with the partner university.

Once accepted by the partner university, you may have a separate application process to complete with them, usually including similar documents to what you will have provided already. You are also responsible for applying for a visa separately if needed, once you are accepted.

For exchanges with partner universities in the USA, you will be required to submit a certificate of financial responsibility and proof of funding (bank statements, scholarship award letters, etc.) to the partner university once accepted. Please come and discuss this further with us if you need to.


If you have any other questions, take a look at our FAQs.