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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

Where Can I Go?

01/09/2021 ***Please note - this is an archive page and is not being updated***

The Exchange pages are currently being migrated to a new Global Opportunities web platform.

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.

Instead of a study Year Abroad, students may wish to undertake a (work) placement or internship, volunteer abroad or attend a summer school. The Global Opportunities page give details of futher opportunities which students may wish to explore.