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How to apply

Information sessions on the Erasmus programme are held each semester. Each degree programme has an Erasmus Academic Coordinator, who can arrange information sessions and provide individual advice. UL students who would wish to participate in the Erasmus programme should contact the UL Global office (EO-020) for further information.

Information on partner universities is available under the Partner Universities webpage.


The academic placement may be undertaken in Year 2 or Year 3, depending on the degree programme.

Students can study at a partner institution for one semester (approx. 5 months) or, in certain degree programmes, the full academic year (approx. 9 months). 


There are two application periods every year, one for Autumn and Full Year academic placements and one for Spring academic placements.

The placement process starts two semesters prior to the mobility period.

The deadline for Autumn and Full Year applications is in October (see Application form for exact deadline).

The deadline for Spring applications is in March (see Application form for exact deadline).


Student reports are available on the following SharePoint site (log in with your student ID and usual password).


How to apply for an Erasmus study placement

Information sessions on the ERASMUS programme are held each semester. Notification of upcoming sessions is sent to all ‘compulsory’ students via email. For ‘non-compulsory’ students, each degree programme has an ERASMUS Academic Coordinator who will arrange information sessions and provide individual advice.

Students choose their destination from a partner university list specific to their academic area.  Students should thoroughly research the institutions with which UL has exchange agreements in the subject area of their degree. Students may select universities from the partner list for their degree programme/academic area only.

Full details of UL’s ERASMUS partner universities may be found at:

*Bachelor of Arts degree (LM002)* Joint honours Arts students should select a partner university from one of their majors, e.g. a student studying English and Economics may select a destination from the English Studies partner list or from the Economics partner list. Joint honours Arts students should be aware that it is not always possible to combine both majors at the host university, and they may have to focus on one major during their ERASMUS exchange.


Students should consider the following factors when selecting a destination:

  • Courses/Modules on offer
  • Cost of living
  • Student accommodation
  • Accessibility (flights, trains, etc.)
  • Academic calendar / Semester dates


Partner universities publish information in English on their websites, where practical information is provided. The words to use for searching are "ERASMUS", "international". “exchange students” or "incoming students".


The application form requires the student's signature and that of the UL ERASMUS Academic Coordinator, to indicate approval of University selection.

Students should select three destination choices, listed in order of preference.

The completed form must be submitted to the UL Global office in EO-020.

The deadline for Autumn and Full Year applications is in October (see Application form for exact date).

The deadline for Spring applications is in March (see Application form for exact date).

Students will receive an email from the UL Erasmus office, 3-4 weeks after the application deadline, confirming where that they have been selected to study. The UL Erasmus office will then nominate the students to their host institution.

Once nominated, students are required to complete an application with the host university.

The host university advises students of the application procedures by email or makes this information available on the website.

Students then apply (usually online) to the host university and submit the application to the host University.

Provided that a complete application has been submitted within the deadline, students should receive a Letter of Acceptance from the host university 4-6 weeks later.

NB: For certain courses, mainly Performing Arts, Architecture and Product Design, the selection process at the host university is very tough and students are not guaranteed to be accepted. 

NB: Students must register at UL for the academic year and pay the annual registration fee to UL, even though they will be abroad on ERASMUS for part of the year.

The UL Erasmus team sends an information pack to the student's home address once nomination to the host University has been made. This pack contains all relevant forms, the ERASMUS handbook, the ERASMUS Charter and contact details of the host University. The forms are also available on the UL Global website.