European Erasmus+ Exchange Programme

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Erasmus enables the free movement of students between similar university departments and programmes across Europe. The university currently has a range of agreements with equivalent institutions in the following countries:

‌Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Many of our partners teach classes in English and there are options to take intensive language courses for certain languages in advance of any exchange activity. Under the Erasmus scheme, you will be eligible for funds to help you with your travel and living costs abroad.

Need further information?

Please enrol in our GCU Learn Community, Exchange and Study Abroad- Intermational Partnerships.  All up to date information and application materials are posted here.  


Where can I go?

Destinations available for 2017/18 are available on our GCU LEarn community page. 

What do I pay?

Here are the costs you need to consider before applying for an Erasmus exchange:

  • Travel
  • Accommodation & living expenses
  • Possible extras – bedding, crockery, cutlery etc.

Do I pay a tuition fee?

No, exchange students do not pay tuition fees and you are entitled to any grant or loans you already receive. 

You must notify SAAS that you will be going on exchange and check with them to find out if you are eligible for more funding.

You also must register online with GCU at the beginning of term even when you are on exchange.

Is there any funding available?

Yes, there is Erasmus+ funding to support your exchange, but will not cover the total cost.  Funding is calculated on the duration of your exchange and will be paid in two installments - 80% at the beginning of the exchange once essential paperwork is returned, and 20% at the end of the exchange after the remaining documents are returned.  All payments are processed in adherence to the Finance Office payment deadlines and payment dates.

Details on the 2017/18 grants rates can be found on the Erasmus Plus website.

Fashion Business Students can apply for the Gillian Purvis Travel Bursary.

Can I study a language?

Yes, you can study French, German, Spanish or Italian independently at City of Glasgow College.

What are ECTS credits?

The ‘European Credit Transfer System’, 20 SCOTCAT credits = 10 ECTS credits

What are the application deadlines for 2018/19?

Trimester A and Full Year applications - Applications are now closed.

Trimester B and Trimester C Nurses - 25th May 2018.


Should you require further information do not hesitate to contact

How do I find out more about the Countries?

  • Contact GCU’S ‘Erasmus Student Network’ (ESN), they will put you in contact with students who have been on exchange or who are here on exchange. They will also tell you of any upcoming events.
  • ‘Rough Guide’ publications in the GCU Library
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office

What are the next steps?

Destinations for exchange in Trimester A and Full academic year exchanges 2018/2019 have closed. Please join the Exchange & Study Abroad community on GCU Learn where you can find information on our partners and application documents for Tri B exchanges when applications open again in May. 

Applications for Trimester B 2018/19 will open in May. Please continue to check this site or our Facebook  page.

If you would like to make an enquiry in person please come along to H204 (2nd floor of the William Harley Building) between 9.30am - 4.30pm where the Enquiry Team and our interns will be happy to help.   

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