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Applying for Erasmus+ or a European Exchange

European students wanting to study at Royal Holloway including Erasmus+

Follow our step-by-step guide to apply for a place at Royal Holloway from our European and Erasmus+ exchange partners.

Further advice

  • Check your email regularly for messages from Royal Holloway. We recommend that you disable spam filters or add the Royal Holloway domain name to a 'safe list' to ensure that emails from us are not classified as junk mail.
  • Find out what you need to do to apply for a visa.
  • You can find our academic term dates here. The move-in date for the autumn term is usually the Saturday or Sunday before the first day of term. The Spring term move-in date is usually the Thursday before the first day of term.

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First, check that your home university is one of our Erasmus+ partner universities.

  • We can ONLY accept application from our European or Erasmus+ partners.
  • If your home university is not one of our European or Erasmus+ partners, you may want to join us as a Study Abroad student.

Check you meet our minimum entry requirements:

Academic requirements

  • You should normally have completed at least one year of university study
  • The minimum entry requirement for most departments is equivalent to a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (out of 4.0).
  • You can find out the specific requirements for a particular module unit on our Choose your modules pages.

English language requirements

Please note updated information below.

Due to visa requirements post Brexit, for students coming for a full year, we can no longer accept a partner institution's assessment as proof of a student's English language level. We now require evidence of the level via a SELT (Secure English Language Test) and students will need to offer this evidence as part of their application. We require the following minimum standard level of English for direct entry to our credit-bearing courses:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (with no subscore below 5.5)
  • Pearson: 61 (with 54 in writing and no subscore below 51)

We accept English language qualifications from many countries. Students are also able to use their English qualifications from their high school to prove their abilities, but a full list of the acceptable qualifications (for visa purposes) can be found here.

We are also currently accepting the tests listed on this page - click for more details.

If your IELTS level is between 6.0 and 6.5, and you’re applying to start in September, you can take a four or eight-week Pre-sessional English language programme to bring your English up to the required level.

For students staying less than 6 months in 2022/23 we can continue to accept an Erasmus+ partner institution's assessment as proof of a student's English language level where this has been the case in previous years.

To apply as an Erasmus+ student, you need to be nominated by your home university.

  • Contact the Erasmus+ co-ordinator at your home university and ask about their selection procedures.
  • Your Erasmus+ co-ordinator will need to nominate you through our Partner Universities Nomination Form.
  • Our deadlines for receiving Erasmus+ nominations are:
    • 15 April for September starters
    • 15 October for January starters
  • For all applications we usually require students to have the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA.
  • Take a look at our module information and find out what options are available.
  • Please be aware that some modules are more popular than others and we can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to get a place on all the modules you request.
  • For this reason, if you want to join us for a full year, you should choose modules that total at least 150 - 180 UK credits (75 - 90 ECTS). If you’re joining us for just one or two terms, you should choose modules that total 90 - 120 UK credits (45 - 60 ECTS).
  • You can choose modules from up to three academic departments. However, this may lead to timetable clashes.
  • We recommend that you first choose modules in the department that has set up the Erasmus+ or European exchange agreement and that you then choose modules from other departments, depending on your level of study and interests.
  • Please note that pre-requisites (previous study in the subject) apply where requested on the module lists.
  • To register and apply, complete our online application form.
  • You will also need to send us copies of the following supporting documents:
    • An authorised transcript of your university studies
    • An English translation of your transcript (if necessary)
    • Evidence of your English language level, if required (please see step 2 for more information)
  • Our deadlines for applications are:
    • 24 May for September starters 
    • 24 October for January starters


  • We’ll send you an offer by email. This offer will be subject to satisfactory agreement of your module choices.
  • Once you’ve accepted your offer, we will send your module requests to the relevant academic departments for their consideration. In some cases (for example, where there are no spaces on a module), they may suggest an alternative module.
  • Once you’ve agreed your module choices, we will then send you a Study Plan to accept. This will show the modules you will study during your time at Royal Holloway. Occasionally, changes may need to be made to your Study Plan during your first week due to timetable clashes or other unforeseen circumstances.





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