GCU students can go on exchange in Europe under the Erasmus+ programme which enables the free movement of students between similar university departments and programmes. Don’t speak a foreign language? Don’t worry, our partner universities offer classes which are taught entirely in English.

Why choose an Erasmus+ Exchange?

Language Skills

Although you will be taking classes in English, many of our partner universities offer language and culture classes to exchange students. This gives you a chance to develop these skills and add something new to your CV.


Funding is available to students who undertake an Erasmus+ exchange and is intended to assist with general costs.  In 2018/19 students on exchange in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark will receive 350€/month and all exchange students in all other European countries will receive 300€/month. This funding is paid in two instalments after your arrival at the exchange university.

We also encourage students to look into the various travel scholarships available from GCU.

Erasmus Student Network

ESN gives you the opportunity to meet others who can help you discover your exchange city and make friends. There is a network at most European universities which organises events social activities for exchange students. You can also join ESN for £5/year and obtain a discount card. If you are interested in finding out more about ESN or meeting exchange students in Glasgow, please contact GCU’s ESN.

Choosing a Destination

If you would like to go on an Erasmus+ exchange then GCU must have a partnership agreement with that university. These partnerships are course-specific so International Business and Mechanical Engineering students will have different options for example. To see which options are available for your course, please visit our GCU Learn Community, Exchange & Study Abroad. The lists on our community are updated before each application round so be sure to check regularly as options may vary.

It is a great opportunity to travel during your time at university and experience a new country and its people. Living abroad is not like going on holiday where you only scratch the surface of a country’s culture and lifestyle. You become part of the everyday life in that country and gain insight into the world.

GCU Student, 2016