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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Study Abroad

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is involved in a SOCRATES/ERASMUS network with Mathematics Departments in the following universities:

France

Germany

Italy

Spain

Switzerland

This network originally coordinated from Durham under the old Erasmus scheme, has been running since 1992 and there are close links and a good rapport between different Mathematic Departments involved.

Mathematics (European Studies) Programmes

The European Studies degree programmes are identical to the BSc Mathematics and MMath programmes for the first two years. You will spend your third year studying mathematics at a European university via the Erasmus programme. The fourth year of the BSc (European Studies) programme is identical to year three of the BSc programme, while year 4 of the MMath and MMath (European Studies) programmes are identical. For the European Studies programmes, you need a suitable language qualification. You will normally need grade B at A-level in the appropriate language and you will be required to follow at least one language module during your first year, for instance German Language 1 (I), French Language 1, or Spanish Language 1A given in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. In addition, students are recommended to make use of the University's Language Centre. The host universities also run various language courses for foreign students so there are many good opportunities for improving language skills while abroad.

Please note that only some of our partner universities are currently available within the MMath (European Studies) programme. For details please email the Departmental Overseas Studies Advisor, Dr Wilhelm Klingenberg.

Students may transfer out of the European Studies programmes to the BSc Honours Mathematics or MMath at any time up to the end of the second year. Transferring into a European Studies programme is also possible but is subject to the availability of a suitable placement abroad. Students who wish to do this must consult the departmental Erasmus Coordinator as soon as possible, and no later than the end of the first term of year 2.

The scheme works well and all those who have been involved with it have been very enthusiastic about their year away, whether they are Durham students who have been away or foreign students who have come to Durham all feel that they have gained a great deal from the experience as well as enjoying the experience of living and studying in another country. It is also well recognised that students with good foreign language skills in addition to a degree have significantly enhanced career opportunities. If you already have a taste for a foreign language or for spending a year abroad you should certainly carefully consider the Socrates/Erasmus scheme.

Student Support and Guidance

The learning outcomes of the year abroad are those of the modules that the students take abroad. In particular, the students in the programme are expected to hand in written work and take the requisite exams. The first point of contact while abroad is the Departmental Erasmus Coordinator and the Erasmus Office of the host institution. In addition, the students are encouraged to make contact via email with their home Departmental Erasmus Coordinator in case of questions or problems. Cultural orientation on the host country and more specific induction are provided by the Erasmus Offices of the host institution. Further information is available at the International Study Abroad pages

Please see Durham University's International Office for further information.

If you have any further queries regarding the Erasmus Scheme please email the departmental Erasmus Coordinator, Dr Wilhelm Klingenberg or telephone 0191 334 3069