Study Abroad

Where can I go?

Europe under Erasmus+

Exchanges to European countries are covered by the Erasmus+ programme. The Erasmus+ programme, a European Commission funded programme, enables students to choose to either study or work in any of the participating countries from 3 to 12 months (study) or 2 to 12 months (work) during their studies.

Which countries are participating?

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • FYR Macedonia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Turkey


How does the Erasmus+ programme work?

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The University of Portsmouth signs inter-institutional agreements (formerly bilateral agreements) with other institutions that participate in the Erasmus+ programme. If there is an agreement in place between your Department and an equivalent department in an institution abroad then you can speak to your Departmental Coordinator to discuss your options.

Who can participate?

You can participate in the Erasmus+ programme as long as you are on a full-time course in a tertiary educational level enrolled on your second year. You just need to make that decision to go! Students who also study part-time are eligible to go overseas under the Erasmus+ programme as long as you study/work full-time during your time overseas.

How long am I entitled to go for?


You can go on a study placement from 3 months to 12 months or a work placement from 2 months to 12 months. Please check with your Departmental Coordinator which options are available to you.

Eligibility Criteria

Erasmus+ is subject-specific and therefore you will need to check with your Department for the destinations available. You will also need to discuss your options with your Departmental Coordinator. Please note that Erasmus+ enables students to go on an exchange programme only if the course requires it or permits it. It is very important that you check this with your Departmental Coordinator before pursuing it further. There is also the opportunity to participate on an Erasmus+ graduate traineeship, subject to availability. Please contact the Exchanges and Study Abroad Team for more information.

Inter-Institutional agreements

Please contact the Exchanges and Study Abroad Team for a list of our current partners. 

Rest of the world (including non-Erasmus+ Europe)

You can also go overseas to non-Erasmus+ destinations if your degree programme allows for an overseas placement. Check with your course leader if you are unsure about this.

Perhaps you are studying Business and would like to go to China, or Latin American Studies and are interested in going to Mexico. Your options depend on your course and your department links overseas. If a work placement is an option for you under your course structure, your choices expand to include most countries worldwide.*

* Please note that restrictions may apply for insurance purposes.