Our Erasmus+ programme is open to students from our European exchange partners. If your university isn't one of our exchange partners, you could apply to our Study Abroad programme.
The Erasmus+ programme is best suited to undergraduate students in the third year of a four-year degree or the second year of a three-year degree.
Check your eligibility
You need to meet all of the following criteria:
- You must be currently enrolled in a European institution of higher education who we have an exchange agreement with. Check with your home university if you are unsure.
- You must be nominated by your home university for the appropriate subject.
- You must have completed at least one year of study at university level by the start of your Bristol studies.
- You must have a good level of English sufficient to follow lectures (B2). If you are unsure about your English language ability, we recommend you take a pre-sessional course.
- If you are not an EU national and require a visa to study at Bristol, you will need to meet our English language requirements by providing a certificate listed on this page.
English language support during the semester
As well as taking classes in your academic department, you can also take English language classes for credit as part of your Erasmus+ programme.
Find out more about our English language units from the Centre for Academic Language and Development.
What you can study
Find out what you can study while you are here.
- Complete the online application.
- Refer to our Erasmus+ Study guides for help filling out your European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) Learning Agreement. Use the ECTS Learning Agreement from your home university.
- Your ECTS Learning Agreement must be signed by you and an Erasmus Coordinator at your home university. Email a PDF copy of your signed Learning Agreement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are not an EU citizen, you must also complete and submit the Visa request form (PDF, 371kB) with your ECTS Learning Agreement.
Ensure you have followed all application procedures required by your home Erasmus office, and liaise closely with them throughout the process.
Unsigned ECTS Learning Agreements will not be accepted.
Check if you need a visa
If you have been nominated to study at Bristol as part of the Erasmus+ programme but you do not have an EU passport, you will need a visa that allows you to study in the UK.
Please pay particular attention to the documents that you might need to provide as part of your visa application. This normally includes proof of English language from an official body (such as IELTS, TOEFL iBT, Pearson or Trinity, or a certificate mentioned on this page).
Unfortunately, if you are an Erasmus+ student who needs to apply for a visa, we cannot accept a B2 certificate from your home university as proof of your English language level.
Brexit: immigration information for EU Citizens
Brexit negotiations are ongoing. The current date for the UK to leave the EU is the 31st of October 2019, or earlier if a Withdrawal Agreement can be agreed. The Withdrawal Agreement includes an agreement on citizens' rights during a transitional period from the day the UK leaves the UK. During this transitional period, EU citizens will be able to come to or remain in the UK on the same basis as they can now. The transitional period is currently likely to continue until the 31st of December 2020, but could be extended.
In the event that the UK leaves the EU with no deal, temporary transitional arrangements will apply to provide some continuity for EU citizens and businesses in the UK. EU citizens will be able to enter the UK by showing either a valid national identity card or a passport. They will be automatically granted leave to enter by order, which will mean they can stay for up to three months and will be permitted to work and study. This means they can start those activities on arrival. EU citizens who wish to stay longer than three months will need to apply to the Home Office for leave to remain within three months of arrival. This will apply to all Erasmus+ students at Bristol. Please see our Brexit pages and the UKCISA website for further information.
If you have any questions about applying for a visa, please contact Student Visa Services.
The University’s Accommodation Office can help you find a place to live in Bristol. You can apply for University accommodation, but we cannot guarantee you a place in a hall of residence.
Renting in the private sector
If you’d like to share private accommodation with other Erasmus+ students, join the Bristol Erasmus Accommodation Facebook Group. Students use this group to post adverts when they are leaving rooms and to find other students to share with.
You can also use Bristol SU Lettings, a lettings agency run by the Students' Union.
If you’re planning to wait until you get to Bristol to start looking for accommodation, arrive early and give yourself plenty of time.
Further information on renting in the private sector can be found in the Erasmus accommodation factsheet (PDF, 354kB).
Prepare for your arrival in Bristol
Find information for new international students and details of our Welcome Lounge where you can meet other students and get practical advice.
In September, you can use our arrivals service to make your journey to Bristol as easy as possible. Find out when and where we can meet you.
After you arrive
Find out what happens once you arrive in Bristol, including the support available to you and the services you can use.
You will be contacted by your academic department before your arrival to invite you to an orientation session. This usually happens during the first week of term and is an opportunity for you to finalise your unit registrations and learn more about the University.
We will only consider your application after we have received your online application and Learning Agreement. You must submit these by the following deadlines:
- 26 July for full year and autumn semester (September entry)
- 22 November for spring semester (January entry)
Getting your offer
We aim to make an offer within four weeks of receiving a completed application. We will send you an official letter of acceptance when your application form has been processed.