Application process

Summer Opportunities & Erasmus Traineeship Applications open 27 January - 13 March 2020

How do I apply? 

There is a single online application process for both Erasmus+ (Europe & International) and International Exchange opportunities.

The online application is on the Moodle page. You will be asked to select three universities (in order of preference), plus 2-3 'reserve' options that you would like to be considered for. Some Universities are very popular and so competition can be high for the places we have available. We recommend researching and applying for a wide range of partners to increase your chances of getting a place.

Where do you start?

Attend events and speak to other students

Attend events

Our events are a good way to find out about the opportunities available:

  • the Go Abroad Fair in October,
  • Go Information Sessions: these are primarily for study exchange students but traineeship applicants are also welcome to attend. They are run by the Go Abroad team and offer detailed information on the programme.
  • Subject specific events: run by your School or College. These can include information on your academic requirements and overseas partners that work well for your degree.

Connect with other Go Abroad students

No one can offer you better advice than those who have been or are currently on exchange. Explore our Go Abroad social media channels or get in touch with our team of student ambassadors. 

Finally, don't forget your own School. There are always international students here on exchange, some of them may well be studying in your classes – ask around. They will likely be happy to talk to you about studying in their home country.

Research your University of Glasgow requirements


Joint Honours or Language Year Abroad


Credits and courses

Credits and grades achieved while on exchange will be transferred towards your degree at the University of Glasgow. It is important that you understand the credit system used at your host university. Normally you will be expected to take a full course load. Your subject coordinators will advise you of their requirements. 

Find out from your School:

  • the number of credits you must study at your host university
  • which courses are essential for you to study at your host university to meet the requirements of your University of Glasgow degree
  • how your grades will be transferred from your host university on your return to Glasgow

Duration of your exchange

The duration of your exchange should include the full exam period of your host university to ensure that you have the opportunity to achieve the correct number of credits and grades required for your degree. This is particularly important if you choose to go abroad for a single semester rather than a full academic year. You can check the academic calendar of your host university for this information. 

Research your host institutions

Is there an exchange agreement with the destination?

You must select a host university that already has an existing exchange agreement with the University of Glasgow. 

What is the language of teaching?

Confirm which language your chosen host teaches in. Many of our exchange partners teach in English, so proficiency in the local language is not required. If your host partly teaches in a language that you are not proficient in, you must check carefully to ensure that there are enough courses taught in English for you to meet the requirements of your degree. 

Are suitable classes available for Exchange students?

A partner university may offer courses in your subjects of study, but this does not mean that they will be available to exchange students. Visit partner webpages to review their online course catalogues and check:

  • Do they offer courses at the right level to meet the requirements of your University of Glasgow degree? Are there enough courses to make up a full University of Glasgow course load? Are the courses you require available to exchange students?
  • Will you meet the pre-requisites to study these courses? If you do not meet these requirements, note that the partner is unlikely to admit you onto that course.
  • EUROPE ONLY: if joint honours, can you take courses in another subject area that is not part of the exchange agreement?

How many credits do I need?

  • Credits and grades achieved whilst on exchange will be transferred to your degree at Glasgow so it is important to be aware of the credit system used by the host university.
  • You are normally expected to take the full course load. Your Subject coordinators will advise on this.
  • At International partner universities, the credit systems will vary from partner to partner.
  • Most European institutions award European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits, a standard system for comparing the study attainment and student performance across the EU (and other collaborating European countries). One academic year of study normally corresponds to 60 ECTS credits. 60 ECTS credits corresponds to 120 Glasgow credits (i.e. a typical full year's course load). 

When do I need to be there?

You will have to meet host term dates. Check when you will be expected to apply to the host institution and start your studies there.

Note: In the Southern hemisphere, the 1st Semester runs from February to June/July; the 2nd Semester runs from July to November/December. You will join the host institution in the Second Semester and so you will be unable to take a year-long course in these locations. However, this rarely causes problem as most courses are semester-length. 

What is student life like?

  • Location - Consider whether the campus is a rural or an urban one; check transport links; you may also consider the climate in the part of the world you have selected.
  • Accommodation / Cost of Living - see partner websites for their information for incoming students.
  • Budget: consider what your additional costs may be e.g. flights, visa, insurance.
  • Student Support Services - It is a good idea to check what is available at the host institution. If you have additional learning support needs or if you have a disability, please contact the the Study Abroad and Exchange team. We also recommend that you contact the host institution directly to discuss what can be put in place to support your stay.

Select your host institutions

Is there an exchange agreement with the destination?

You must select a host university that already has an existing exchange agreement with the University of Glasgow. >> Outgoing exchange destinations


Some subjects have restrictions on the duration of the study exchange. Check with your subject coordinator. For example:

  • History and GES only support a full year exchange.
  • Law supports either a full year or Semester 2 only.

Restrictions on international partners

Agreements with International partners are known as ‘University wide’; this means that in principle the partner institutions will accept exchange students from any subject. In practice, you should check that there are sufficient courses available in your subject at the partner institution to satisfy the requirements of your degree here at Glasgow.

The following partner institutions are in high demand and are normally allocated first. It is unlikely that you will be allocated a place for one of these institutions if you include them as your 2nd or 3rd choice. We therefore recommend that you select alternative institutions as your 2nd and 3rd choices to ensure you have a good range of options to enable you to go abroad.

  1. University of California (all 9 campuses), USA
  2. University of Texas-Austin, USA
  3. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, USA
  4. University of Miami, Florida, USA
  5. University of British Columbia, Canada
  6. McGill University, Canada
  7. University of Toronto, Canada
  8. University of Calgary, Canada
  9. University of Melbourne, Australia
  10. University of Sydney, Australia
  11. University of Auckland, New Zealand
  12. University of Otago, New Zealand
  13. University of Hong Kong
  14. Chinese University of Hong Kong
  15. Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Your 2nd and 3rd locations can be selected from any of the other 200+ International exchange, and Erasmus+ ICM and European partners that are suitable for your subject.

The following subjects have professional regulatory and curriculum requirements that restrict the number of partner institutions to which students in these subjects can apply for their semester or year abroad. The partners in the list above have been identified as a particularly good fit and students in these subjects may therefore select more than one partner in the list above:

  • Psychology
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Computing Science
  • Engineering


Consult your subject coordinators

  • Consult your Subject coordinators to discuss your research and confirm that you have chosen suitable partners and courses.
  • Your Subject Coordinator(s) will advise on your selection and whether you should make any further changes to your overseas partner and course choices before you submit your application.
  • Your application course choices will need to be approved by your Subject coordinators here in Glasgow. You need to enter the name of the academic contact who approved the courses on your application, and this will be checked by the Go Abroad team.  

N.B:  Law and Politics students have group meetings with their mobility coordinator and are not required to have individual contact prior to submitting their application.


Summer Opportunities & Erasmus Traineeship Applications open 27 January - 13 March 2020

The application form is on Moodle: 2020-2021


Assessment criteria 

  • Applications are scored on the basis of academic performance, your personal suitability, detailed budget and evidence that you have carefully researched and selected your chosen universities.
  • Academic and subject coordinator(s) approval - you must have passed your exams successfully; some exchange partners and subject areas may require a minimum of a B average. 
    • You will hear whether your application has been successful by the end of January. 

For further information >> timeline.