Information for outgoing Plymouth University students

Seize the opportunity to study abroad and gain credits toward your chosen programme of study in Plymouth. We offer student exchange opportunities with partner universities in Europe and North America.

The Erasmus+ programme also offers you the opportunity to undertake a work placement in Europe.

Erasmus+ European exchanges

As a student at Plymouth University, these exchanges allow you to study or work in one of the participating countries. Our European exchange schemes are offered with the support of the Commission of the European Community within the framework of Erasmus+.

The Erasmus+ European exchange programme offers both undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to study in the following countries and overseas territories: 

Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana (South America), Guadeloupe (Caribbean), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique (Caribbean), Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Reunion (Indian Ocean), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

We may not offer exchange opportunities in all of the above listed places. Please check current availability with Plymouth Global at

An Erasmus+ experience can be very beneficial, you'll:

  • broaden your mind - and your horizons
  • adapt to different cultures and work patterns
  • improve your job prospects (employers like multi-cultural employees)
  • improve your knowledge of foreign languages.

North American exchanges

We also send and receive students on exchanges with North American universities. There are two different types of exchange to these institutions:

  • direct/bilateral exchanges 
  • exchanges through the International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP).

Direct/bilateral exchanges 

Direct exchanges are available to our students through some courses that have special relationships with individual institutions in North America. To find out if your chosen course offers exchange opportunities use the contact details located on the webpage of your chosen course of study

These bilateral exchanges are limited according to which overseas universities the faculty or department has a relationship with and the terms of the agreement. Contact the Student Support Office within your faculty, for information about your options and assistance with your application.

North American exchanges (ISEP) 

ISEP offers our students the opportunity to study at any of the participating universities in their network. Under the ISEP scheme, you may spend your second year at one of over 300 universities worldwide that are ISEP members. The deadline for ISEP applications is the end of January. So if you're interested in studying in the USA under the ISEP scheme, you need to make sure you consider this in the first term of your first year.

If you're interested in pursuing this opportunity you can find full information on how the programme works from the ISEP website. You can then get your application forms from our international office, who are responsible for the administration of the ISEP programme for our outgoing students. The international office can also help with any questions you have and check that you meet the eligibility criteria for placements and exchanges. 

Frequently asked questions 

What funding is available?
Subject to status, as an Erasmus+ student you'll receive a Mobility Grant. The level of grant is determined by the host country and the duration of your exchange period. Additional funding may be available if you have special needs. 

Student Finance England offer a Travel Grant to help students with the costs of travel, visas and compulsory medical insurance. This is means-tested, so you will need to contact them directly to find out what you qualify for.

Can I study and work?
Study periods last between three and 12 months. Work placements, attached to an academic study period of at least three months, can also be funded through the Erasmus+ programme and must either precede or follow the study period.

How does the exchange count towards my degree?
It's recognised as an integral part of your degree at Plymouth. Your department will advise on mark conversions.

What if I only speak English?
Some institutions deliver courses in English. Language courses, often free of charge, are offered at most host institutions prior to the start of the study exchange. Funding may be available for language tuition.

When do I start planning?
Your Departmental Erasmus+ co-ordinator will help you to prepare for your exchange.

Get in touch

Plymouth Global holds general information on all of our exchange partner institutions. Get in touch with them to start planning your adventure as soon as you decide an exchange is the right option for you.

Tel: +44 1752 587586