Study Abroad

Incoming Students

Erasmus Exchange

Who is an Erasmus+ student?‌

Erasmus+ is a European Commission funded programme which enables students to study and/or work in another Erasmus participating country as part of their degree. You will study in classes alongside full time British and international students.  As well as attending lectures, you will also take part in smaller seminars and tutorial classes, giving you the opportunity to work closely with, and get to know, other students on your course.

To be considered as an Erasmus+ student for study placement, the subject department of your home institution needs to hold an inter-institutional agreement with the same subject department at the University of Portsmouth.

How to apply

Your first point of contact to apply as an Erasmus+ student will be your home institution's Erasmus+ Departmental Coordinator/International Office. If your Erasmus+ Departmental Coordinator gives you approval, we will be informed that you have been nominated to participate. The Erasmus+ Departmental Coordinator will also provide you information on how to submit an online application.  Upon completion of all requirements, you will be sent your official acceptance from the University by email.  This acceptance will be:

  • an official Offer email if you are an EU/EEA national
  • an official supporting document to apply for the Short-term Study Visitor visa if you are a non-EU/EEA national studying for six months or less 
  • a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) if you are a non-EU/EEA national applying for a Tier 4 General student visa and studying for more than six months

Please note that an exchange application will only be fully considered when all supporting documents have been uploaded. It is a mandatory requirement to submit a Learning Agreement for Studies so we can confirm the unit selection prior to arrival. You can obtain a copy of this document from your home institution.

A PBI questionnaire will be required for completion prior to receiving the supporting document required for the relevant type of visa. More information will be available in the offer email received.

Units available and contacts

To check the available units, please visit the page here.

If you will be studying at the School of Languages and Area Studies, please email to obtain the list of the units available. 

If you are looking for the units on a Business school course, please visit the page for Portsmouth Business School Exchange Programme.

ECTS recognition

All Erasmus study placements carry some form of academic recognition as part of a degree programme. The most common method of recognition in the framework of the Erasmus programme is the European Credit Transfer and Accummulation system (ECTS). This is a learner-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme specified in terms of the learning outcomes and competences acquired.

120 UK credits are attached to the workload of a full time year of formal learning (academic year) and the associated learning outcomes. As such, UK credits are ordinarily converted into ECTS on the basis of 2 UK credits = 1 ECTS. For example, students may study 120 UK credits for a year at the University of Portsmouth, which will then also be noted as the equivalent of 60 ECTS on the student's University of Portsmouth transcript. Please note however, that credit transfer does not guarantee grade conversion, and students should contact the Erasmus Coordinator of their home institution for more information on whether their grades will be transferable.

All incoming students should complete and submit their Learning Agreement with their Exchange Application form by the given deadlines. Students should contact the relevant University of Portsmouth Departmental Erasmus Coordinator for details about the units available and the equivalent ECTS credits. Contact details can be obtained either from the home institution's Erasmus Coordinator, or from the Exchanges and Study Abroad Team.

More information about the ECTS system can be found in the ECTS User Guide.