Outgoing Exchanges - UCB Students

ERASMUS+ Student Mobility Programme 

The Erasmus+ exchange programme enables students at Higher Education institutions to spend an integrated period of study, of between 3 months and 12 months, in another participating country.

View a list of European partners

View a list of International partners

International Exchange Programmes

UCB work with partners outside the EU in providing a similar student mobility exchange programme to that of Erasmus+, but with no funding support from the EU. These exchange programmes are for one semester (4-5 months).

What are the objectives of student mobility for studies?

  • To enable students to benefit educationally, linguistically and culturally from the experience of learning in other European or international countries.
  • To promote co-operation between institutions and to enrich the educational environment of host institutions;
  • To contribute to the development of a pool of well-qualified, open-minded and internationally experienced young people as future professionals.  

Will financial support be provided or fees charged?

Students may be awarded an ERASMUS+ grant to help cover the travel and subsistence costs (including insurance and visa costs) incurred in connection with their study period abroad.  The UK Erasmus+ Office will pay 70% of this funding during your exchange and a further 30% on the successful conclusion of the exchange, after you have completed an on-line exchange evaluation form and returned all relevant paperwork.

  • ERASMUS+ students - whether or not they receive an ERASMUS grant - are exempt from paying fees for tuition, registration, examinations and access to laboratory and library facilities at the host institution.
  • The payment of any national grant or loan to outgoing students should be maintained during the ERASMUS+ study period abroad. 

Please note there is no additional funding support for those students who undertake an exchange outside the EU. However, you are still eligible to apply for your student loan and/or any maintenance loan you currently receive.

Why take part in a Student Exchange Programme?

Students take part in the Erasmus+ and international student mobility programmes for many different reasons; for some it is a required part of their degree, for others it is an ideal opportunity to live in another city in for a few exciting months. 

  • 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
  • Discover a different culture, gain an international perspective and travel
  • It’s really good fun!  

A recent Erasmus Impact Study confirms EU student exchange scheme boosts employability and job mobility.

Where can I go?

Download the full list of European and International destination information. 


The exchange will take place during the first term of your second year, although some partner courses start in August.


For European exchanges you will receive an amount of funding which is meant to cover the cost of your travel and some living costs in the destination.  This will differ from country to country. This 'grant’ should not affect any funding you may receive from your student loan or bursary. 


The organisation of accommodation is the responsibility of the host institution in conjunction with you and may be in student halls or private housing. University College Birmingham, for practical reasons, cannot organise your accommodation from a distance. We nevertheless maintain regular contact with the Exchange Student Coordinator in each of our partner institutions.


A number of our partner institutions use English as the teaching language, although some do not. We will inform you of this in the various briefing sessions we organise prior to the programme commencing each year. 

All the marks you gain on the exchange will be fed into your main Degree or Foundation Degree programme in Birmingham. 

How do I apply?

You will need to fill out an application formAlternatively applications can be obtained from the International Centre on the second floor of The Link.

You will also be asked to also complete a word-processed A4 sheet outlining the reasons why you consider yourself a suitable candidate for selection. 

Completed applications (and personal statement) should be handed in to: 

Lynn Wain in the International Centre, which is located on the second floor of The Link, no later than 31 January 2020. Offers will be made subject to satisfactory attendance and adequate completion of your course of academic study at UCB. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible.

For more information please contact:

Lynn Wain, Student Exchanges Coordinator, by email l.wain@ucb.ac.uk, or by calling the International Centre at 0121 604 1000 ext 2321.