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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

How to Apply

  1. Eligibility
  2. Study Periods
  3. Choosing Modules
  4. Language Requirements
  5. Visa Information
  6. Application Forms


If you are wishing to come to Durham on an Erasmus+ study placement you should:

  • be a registered student at one of our Erasmus+ Partners
  • be nominated by your home university by the 30th April
  • have completed at least 1 year of study at Undergraduate level
  • Postgraduate Taught students should be registered as a postgraduate student at your home university

For Postgraduate research students, you must have a good objective of the research period at Durham.

Study Periods

Due to the structure of our modules, which are designed to run over a full academic year, we recommend students come for a full academic year (October - June) and follow normal assessment structures as set for modules.

Part year Erasmus+ study periods are possible if an agreement has been signed based on part year and we recommend part year placements start in October (Michaelmas term). Starting an Erasmus+ study period in January (Epiphany term) is only possible with special permission and if the applicable Erasmus+ agreement allows for short term exchanges. It is not possible to start in the Easter term (April - June). All modules at Durham are structured to run for the full academic year. Students staying for part of the year only will need to arrange alternative assessment with the Exchange Coordinator up on arrival.

Postgraduate research students have additional flexibility and should contact the Exchanges and Study Abroad Team before submitting an application.

Choosing Modules

  • Erasmus+ students are expected to take the majority (50%) of modules within the department with which their home university/department has an agreement with. This information can be found here.
  • Students are allowed to take modules from a maximum of 3 departments at Durham University.
  • Modules from other Durham departments may be possible but are subject to availability and approval by the individual Durham department. For restrictions please refer to sections C2 and D2 in the module handbook for the relevant department.
  • Module availability in English Studies is restricted to students who are applying through an agreement with English Studies only.

A separate Module Handbook entry is published for each department at Durham University and contains information on modules and academic requirements.

Language Requirements

If you are not from an English speaking country you will be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency. For EU nationals the Statement of Language Proficiency form needs to be completed by the Erasmus Coordinator or an academic member of staff from your university and submitted with the application form. If you are a non EU national then you will need to submit an appropriate English Language qualification i.e. IELTS/TOEFL certificate You should read the guidance provided on the Programme Information page for more information.

Visa Information

You may require a visa for your time in Durham depending on your nationality and length of stay. You should read the guidance provided on the Programme Information page for more information.

Application Forms

Application Checklist

The following documents need to be supplied together with the application form:

  • An official academic transcript of records
  • A Statement of Language Proficiency form (EU national) or an IELTS/TOEFL certificate (non EU national), (see Language Requirements)
  • A copy of the personal details page of your passport (please make sure the passport is valid for the duration of the exchange)

The deadline to apply for the Erasmus+ Programme for Michaelmas start (October 2022) is 30th May 2022.

The deadline to apply for the Erasmus+ Programme for Epiphany start (January 2023) is 31st October 2022.

Erasmus Application Form 2022/2023

Statement of Language Proficiency form. Applicable to EU nationals only.This is a required document. We will not accept applications without this. If your nationality is from outside of the EU, you will be required to provide official English language evidence (IELTS/TOEFL).

Contact Us

Exchanges & Study Abroad Team

Incoming Students 

Tel: +44 (0)191 3346325 (Incoming Students)
Fax: +44 (0)191 3346326