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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

Where Can I Go?

Check out MappED which is an online resource developed by the Erasmus Student Network to map the accessibility of institutions and their services to allow you to make an informed decision about your host institution.

There are two main exchange programmes available for Durham students: Overseas Exchange and Erasmus+

Overseas Exchange

  • ‘University-wide’ partner institutions outside of Europe. Students from all degree programmes can apply, as long as appropriate modules are offered by the partner university (you should check this with your department);
  • Please on this programme are competitive as there are limited number of placements. The average success rate for 2017/18 was 33% of applicants;
  • Applications are made to the International Office. Cross-Faculty selection panel looks at grades and personal statement. All applicants must be endorsed by their department;
  • All partners teach in English, with the exception of those in South America (A-Level Spanish or equivalent required).

Erasmus+ Exchange

  • European Placements Only (includes non-EU countries, such as Norway)
  • Switzerland no longer participates, but Swiss partners offer an equivalent grant for outgoing Durham students (money given directly to students at the start of each term they are abroad);
  • Subject specific – each department has links with specific universities. Full list available online. Places are ring-fenced for students from the ‘owning’ department. Combined / Joint Honours students can apply through any of their individual subjects;
  • 12 month maximum length of placement;
  • Apply to department in Michaelmas term of second year. Less competitive than Overseas Exchange – for 2019/20 around 90% of applicants were successful;
  • Some partners will teach in the host country language, but some will teach in English;
  • Students must meet Erasmus+ Grant Regulations as set out by the European Commission to be eligible for Erasmus+ funding.