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Erasmus+ programme (Europe)

  • Study abroad through our partner universities
  • Grants awarded to all Erasmus+ students
  • Get to know a different culture and make friends from around the world
  • Increase your employability and develop yourself personally, academically and professionally

Your guide to Erasmus+ Study Abroad

In addition to Study Abroad Programme opportunities with our partner institutions in the USAAsia and Australia, St Mary’s also offers students the opportunity to study at a number of universities within the EU through the Erasmus+ programme.

The language of instruction is usually English, so you do not need to worry about language requirements. However, some of our partners offer only a limited amount of modules taught in English and we strongly recommend that you learn the native language of the country you are planning to visit. Our partners offer preparatory language courses and there is the option to do an online course prior to departure free of charge.

One thing to bear in mind about Erasmus+ exchanges is that they are set up on a departmental or school basis. Please see our list of partner universities below to find out if your course is offered at one of our partner universities. St Mary’s students go abroad during the second year of their undergraduate studies.

View the Erasmus charter

View our Erasmus Policy Statement


Current status of Erasmus+ programme in the UK

St Mary’s will continue to participate in the Erasmus+ programme and accept Erasmus+ applications for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 academic year.

Please see the UK National Agency’s website for information beyond the current grant cycle.


The Erasmus+ programme is run on a slightly different basis to Study Abroad in that it is possible to get a grant from the European Union (in addition to your normal student funding) in order to study at one of the participating European universities.

If you choose to participate in the programme your fees are paid as normal to St Mary’s and no additional fee will be charged. However, students are expected to pay for their living costs and accommodation while on exchange.

Why go on Erasmus+ exchange?

  • Stand out in the job market - a great addition to your CV
  • Return more motivated, independent and confident
  • Get a grant and have your tuition fees waived (if you go for the full academic year)
  • It counts towards your degree -it’s not a gap year
  • Learn a range of life-skills not taught in the lecture theatre
  • Access a wider range of subject areas than in the UK
  • Improve your language skills
  • Gain an international network of friends and meet your lifelong partner!
  • Discover a different culture, gain an international perspective and travel
  • It’s really good fun!

For more details about the programme and advice from students who have participated in the programme, please visit the Erasmus Student Network website.

What to do first if you want to go on exchange

Your first step before going any further, should be to understand what the exchange involves. One of the most attractive parts of the Erasmus+ scheme is that you will be able to gain credit while abroad that will contribute to your degree at St Mary’s. Not all St Mary’s programmes allow their students to go on exchange so it is important that you speak to your Programme Director in the first instance.

Students with disabilities should not be discouraged from going on exchange. Help and advice is available should you need it. The first thing you need to do is to find out if your course is mentioned in the Erasmus+ partner universities list. If so, the next step will be to get in touch with your Programme Director and talk about your module choice during the semester abroad. If your course is not mentioned, there might still be a chance for you to go abroad. The International Office is currently working on new Erasmus+ agreements and the list will grow. Please contact the Erasmus Coordinator to find out more

Please note: European Universities use the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). One ECTS credits is worth 2 St Mary’s credits. Therefore, in order to take the normal 60 credit load that you would be undertaking at St Mary's, you will need to take modules worth 30 ECTS credits while on exchange. Full credit will be imported to St Mary's, based on the transcript that you receive on completion of your exchange. Credits are imported but grades are not.

How to apply

If you are interested in studying abroad through the Erasmus+ programme, you need to hand in an application form which can be downloaded on SIMMSpace. Usually you would apply shortly before the end of your first year at St Mary's and go abroad for one semester during your second year of studies.

The International Office is running a number of information sessions on campus to inform students about Erasmus+ opportunities and the application process.

In case your application is approved, the International Office will send you some more forms to fill in and set up a Grant Agreement and Learning Agreement with you. It is not as complicated as it sounds at first glance – the International Office at St Mary's will guide you through the application process and give you all the assistance you need!

Partner institutions
Czech Republic Charles University, Prague Theology and Religious Studies
France EMD - École de Management, Marseilles Management, Business Studies
France ICP - Institut Catholique de Paris Communications, English Literature, History, Theology, Religious Studies
France Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès History
Germany Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen English Literature, Creative and Professional Writing, Psychology
Germany Universität Konstanz English Literature, Creative and Professional Writing
Ireland Dublin City University Education and Social Science, Arts and Humanities courses
Portugal Universidade de Coimbra Sport Science and related courses, Physical Education, Tourism
Spain UIC Barcelona Business Studies
Spain Universidad de Burgos Primary Education (staff exchanges, not for studies)
Spain Universidad de Cantabria, Santander Tourism, Business Studies
Spain Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao Applied Physics, Psychology
Spain Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona Nutrition, Primary Education, Education and Social Science (staff exchanges, not for studies)
Spain Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid Business Law, Sports Rehabilitation Traineeship
Spain CEU - Universidad San Pablo, Madrid Film and Screen Media, Communications, History
Sweden Malmo University Sport Science

Contacts and further information

If you need help or advice regarding the Erasmus+ Exchange process, please contact