Erasmus is a European-wide exchange programme for Higher Education funded by the European Commission. Ulster University has been granted an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education for Erasmus+ activities from 2014 to 2020.

Erasmus allows students from European universities, which have signed Erasmus bilateral agreements with Ulster University, to study at Ulster for one or two semesters as part of their degree courses.

If you are studying at one of our Erasmus partner institutions and would like to study at Ulster University, we would love to hear from you!

Am I Eligible?

In order to participate in an Erasmus exchange, your home institution must have a Bilateral Agreement for student exchange in a relevant subject area with Ulster University.

Please consult with your home institution or refer to our list of European partner institutions to check if your university has a bilateral agreement with us. Please note that bilateral agreements cannot be signed at the request of an individual student.


We can only accept applications from students who have been officially nominated by their home university. A nomination email should be sent to detailing the applicant's name, email address, proposed length of stay and subject area.

If your home institution has a bilateral agreement with Ulster University in the subject area of your degree, and you have been officially nominated to study as an Erasmus exchange student at Ulster University, then we very much look forward to receiving your application!

What Can I Study?

Modules are units of study that normally run for 12 weeks each semester. Most undergraduate modules are worth 20 UK credits (10 ECTS credits) but some are worth just 10 UK credits (5 ECTS credits). Most postgraduate modules are worth 15 UK credits (7.5 ECTS credits). The normal workload of a UK undergraduate student is 3 modules (60 UK credits/30 ECTS credits) per semester. You should not take more than 60 UK credits per semester.

When choosing your modules, you should keep the following information in mind.

  • If we have an Erasmus bilateral agreement with your home university for exchange at undergraduate level, you may only take undergraduate-level modules (Levels 4, 5 and 6). You may not take postgraduate level modules (Level 7) unless the Erasmus bilateral agreement specifies this.
  • You should aim to choose modules within the subject area of the Erasmus bilateral agreement that we have signed with your home university. For example, if the agreement that we have with your university is for an exchange in business, you should not choose modules in biomedical sciences. We do allow flexibility between some subject areas but if you would like to take modules outside your subject area, you must get the permission of the relevant Tutor or Module Coordinator before you register.
  • Our online module catalogue includes many modules which will not be available each year. You should therefore use the online module catalogue as a guide for your provisional choice of modules. You will be able to check which modules are actually going to run each semester by looking at the online campus timetable. The timetable is usually available around two weeks before the semester begins. Please note that there can be changes to the timetable during the first two weeks of the semester, but these are normally minor changes.
  • You must be careful to choose modules that are offered on the correct campus, and during the correct semester and academic year. You can use the online module database to search for modules by campus, by faculty and by topic. You can also search by programme (course) but you will not be registered on any of the listed programmes. Our guide to using the catalogue will show you how to select modules.
  • You will have the opportunity to meet with your Studies Adviser during Orientation Week. Your Studies Adviser will be able to advise you and help you to make your final choice of modules.
  • If you are not sure which modules you would like to take, you will have the opportunity to try out modules during the first two weeks of each semester. You must confirm your final choice of modules, with any changes to your original registration, by the end of week two of each semester.

How To Apply?

If you have decided that you would like to study as an Erasmus student at Ulster University; you have confirmed that your home university has an Erasmus exchange agreement with Ulster University in your subject area; and you have completed any selection process required by your home university, you are ready to apply.

At this stage, your home university may 'nominate' you. If this is the case, we will receive your name and contact details from your home university and we will e-mail you directly with information about our online application process. Alternatively, your university may ask you to go ahead and apply without being nominated. To apply, you must complete our online application form.

When we have received your online application form and have checked that you meet our entry requirements, we will e-mail you to confirm that your application has been successful. We will send you:

  • Your student ID number (also known as your 'B' number as it begins with the letter 'B'). You will need your student ID number in order to apply for university accommodation;
  • Confirmation of your campus of study;
  • The name and contact details of your Ulster University Studies Adviser.

See our factsheet for more information about studying as an Erasmus student, and our application guide for an overview of the application process.