UHI Outgoing Students

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, you must be enrolled at UHI and be at least in the second year of higher education studies.

Note that your time abroad and modules you are planning to take must be approved by UHI academic staff in charge of the programme you are studying.  Only periods of study which are part of your course curriculum are eligible.

How long can I go for?

Erasmus exchange can last between a minimum of three months for up to a year, depending on the agreement we have with the partner institution. This will look good on your CV, help you to become more motivated, make you more independent, improve your language skills and allow you to gain some great lifelong experience.

Recognition of your learning abroad

Once you have decided on your host institution and which programme/modules you might be interested in, seek advice from your Programme Leader to see how this might translate to your programme of study at home. You must bear in mind that the proposed period of study must be broadly comparable in terms of relevance of learning outcomes, in respect to both level and subject. The approval must be confirmed by the signing of the Learning Agreement.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) aims to facilitate student mobility in the European Union and enable transfer of credits for the benefit of students who complete part of their studies at another participating institution

ECTS credits are a value allocated to describe the course and also the entire student workload (such as lectures, practical work, seminars, private study, examinations, homework, etc.) required to complete these courses successfully. Credits in ECTS are not only dependent on course hours but also on the entire workload that the courses require. All the obligatory and optional courses are credited by the ECTS. ECTS credits are also awarded for work such as dissertations, projects and placements.

ECTS evolved from Erasmus programme and has been designed to support the transfer of Erasmus students’ learning outcomes and competences. UHI has officially adapted ECTS as part of our commitment to European student and staff mobility.

For details on how ECTS transfer into SCQF credits at UHI see ECTS.

How much will it cost?

You don’t have to pay any fee to the host institution, just your usual fee at UHI. As such you will remain eligible for SAAS funding as previously.

Students may be awarded an Erasmus+ EU grant to help cover the travel and subsistence costs incurred in connection with their study period abroad. Student mobility grants are a flat rate grant calculated at a monthly rate. Grants are a contribution towards the costs of the planned Erasmus mobility period

Supplementary allowance is available for students with special needs where participation would not be possible without extra financial support.  Applications for additional funding must be submitted before the start of mobility and no later than 31 January each year. Applications must include statement from a doctor or other relevant authority.

Widening participation allowance is available for students where household annual income does not exceed £25,000.

Language requirements

Some institutions require a good knowledge of their native language, in most cases however you will be able to study in English. You are encouraged to undertake linguistic preparation prior to your mobility period, regardless of whether the teaching is going to be delivered in English or the host’s language. You should also consider choosing language modules at the host institution and attend an intensive cultural programme at the beginning of semester, where available.

An Online Linguistic Support (OLS) is provided to Erasmus+ students. The OLS is available for German, English, Spanish, French, Italian and Dutch, which are the main languages for about 90% of all Erasmus+ mobilities.

How to apply?

You should think about your study abroad well in advance and allow yourself plenty of time for considering financial aspects of your participation, for consultation with the course leader and for your application to be submitted before the deadline.

Deadlines for applications for Erasmus+ exchange :

  • For spring mobility: 1 November
  • For autumn mobility: 1 April

UHI Erasmus application form should be submitted to the Erasmus Co-ordinator Melissa Schouten () by e-mail.

What are the selection criteria?

The following criteria are considered when selecting applications for student mobility:

  • Whether you have applied before Early or Late deadline (see below)
  • Motivation
  • Academic performance,
  • Involvement in extra-curriculum activities,

Knowledge of the working language of the host country/used in the host organisation.