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FAQs about Inbound Exchanges

​Got a question to ask about how to become an exchange student with us? We've got the answers you need.

Erasmus+ Exchanges to Portsmouth

What is Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ is an overseas study placement that allows you to gain academic recognition towards your degree in a foreign institution, like ours. So even though you'll be studying with us, you'll still be contributing towards your course back home.
Once you join us in Portsmouth, you'll study in classes, and attend lectures, seminars and tutorials with our full-time British and international students. And alongside your studies, you'll have an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of a new place too.

How do I apply?

To be considered for an Erasmus+ study placement, the academic department of your home institution needs to hold an inter-institutional agreement with the same academic department and subject area at the University of Portsmouth. You can check if your school or department has a link with us for your subject area, by searching the list of partner universities.

If your school or department has an exchange link with us, your home Academic Coordinator will be able to advise you what to do next. If your home institution approves your application to apply for exchange to Portsmouth, they'll inform us that you've been nominated to participate, at which point, we'll email you the exact details on how to apply online.

Please note, you won't choose your modules to study at this stage of your application – but you will have plenty of time to decide what modules you want to study when you get to Portsmouth. We recommended that you complete your choice of modules as soon as possible though, before they fill up.

Once you've submitted your application, we'll review it, and we'll email you an official acceptance if your application is accepted. 

If you're a non-EU/EEA national, we'll also provide you with an official supporting document to apply for the Short-term Study Visitor visa if you're studying for 6 months or less, or a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) if you're applying for a Tier 4 General student visa and studying for more than 6 months.

If you have any questions about how to apply as an Erasmus+ exchange student, please email erasmus.incoming@port.ac.uk.

How do my grades in Portsmouth affect my degree mark at home?

The Erasmus+ programme uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation system (ECTS), a framework that translates the work you'll complete while studying with us into credits for your course at home, by assessing how well you've achieved specific learning and competency objectives.

As an example, if you complete a full academic year, you'll get 120 UK credits, with 2 UK credits equalling 1 ECTS credit. Please note, however, that credit transfer doesn't always guarantee grade conversion – contact the Erasmus+ Coordinator at your home institution for more information.

The ECTS equivalency of available modules can be found in our module lists. If you still have any queries about the ECTS , please email erasmus.incoming@port.ac.uk.

What standard of English is needed to do an Erasmus+ placement?

Most of our Erasmus+ exchange agreements carry a minimum language requirement of B2 in English, which is the equivalent of an IELTS Band 6.0 score. If you're not sure whether you meet the requirement, your university's exchange coordinator can advise on whether your spoken English is good enough to apply. 

International (non-Erasmus+) exchanges to Portsmouth

How do I apply?

If you want to study at Portsmouth on an international exchange, you should first contact your home institution's International Office or Study Abroad Office and ask about how to apply. You can check if your school or department currently offers exchanges to Portsmouth by searching the list of our partner universities.

If they approve your exchange request, they will inform us that you've been nominated to participate. Once you've been nominated, we'll get in touch via email and give you the exact details on how to apply online.

As a part of the online application process, you'll need to submit: 

  • Your transcript of recent grades
  • A copy of your ID or Passport
Your current university can also help you choose what modules you want to study, as you'll be asked to submit a Learning Agreement that states the type of modules you are expecting to attend.
Once you've submitted your application, the department you'll be joining here in Portsmouth will review it and if all requirements are met, you'll get official acceptance by email. If you're not from the EU or European Economic Area (EEA), we will also provide you with:
  • an official supporting document to apply for the Short-term Study Visitor visa if you'll be studying for 6 months or less
  • a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) needed for your Tier 4 General student visa application, if you'll be studying for more than 6 months
If you have any other questions about how to apply, please email erasmus.incoming@port.ac.uk.

My university doesn't have a partnership with the University of Portsmouth - can I still study with you?

Yes, you can still join us on our Study Abroad programme even if your institution doesn't have an exchange agreement with us. 

I have another question about International (non-Erasmus+) exchanges to Portsmouth. Who do I contact?

Please email our Exchanges and Study Abroad Team, who'll be happy to help you.

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