European exchanges are currently run through paperwork aligned with the Erasmus+ framework. Owing to Brexit, UK universities will be moving away from Erasmus+ in 2022/23. While placements will be recruited with paperwork that contains the name Erasmus+, the placement itself may not be supported by Erasmus+.
Switzerland does not participate in the Erasmus+ programme, but it runs its own parallel programme (recruited through the same aforementioned paperwork). The Swiss European Mobility Programme (SEMP) offers funding to students to study at a Swiss partner university for between 3 and 12 months.
SEMP funding for students going to Switzerland is administered by the host university and not by Durham University. There is no guarantee of SEMP funding so if are allocated a place at a Swiss partner university, you should contact your host institution to request full details about the SEMP grant, including how to apply, how much funding is available, and when it is paid. If funds are limited, your host institution will determine who receives funding.
The University will bid to the UK Government Turing [funding] Scheme to support European placements, however, the Turing funding call has not opened and we cannot guarantee full funding from Turing. Within the Turing [funding] Scheme, priority is given to Widening Participation. Please note: Turing is a funding scheme, not an exchange programme.
While numerous partners teach in English, many European partners have language requirements. Speaking a foreign language will expand the number of partners at which you will be able to study. Click the link below to find out more about partner language requirements, learning a language and support.
We have a number of institution-wide agreements with European universities. These allow students to study most subjects. Please click on the banner to see the list of institution wide agreements.
The majority of exchange agreements are at a departmental level. Please click on your relevant Department to find the agreements available to you.
Combined and Joint Honours students are able to choose from agreements within their subject area/s. Students are required to seek approval from all departments including the Combined Honours exchange coordinators.
Your Departmental Exchange Coordinator can provide further information and assitance about options available through your department.
Please be aware that if an institution is neither linked with your Durham department nor is not one of the institution-wide agreements, then you are not able to undertake a GO placement there. Not all partnerships are available for all levels of study. Some institutions have agreements with Durham departments for PG study only.
A number of our European Exchange partners allow for exchange at PGR level. It may be possible to undertake a research exchange at an institution not linked to your Durham department. You should use the links above to identify institutions that offer PGR exchange.