University of Bath

Study abroad on our Erasmus+ exchange programme for architects and civil engineers

BSc Architecture and MEng Civil Engineering students can apply for our Erasmus+ exchanges, to experience living and studying overseas.

The Île de la Cité and Pont Neuf, in Paris
Paris architecture: the Île de la Cité and Pont Neuf, viewed from the Seine

Experience European culture while you study

The Erasmus+ exchange programme is the European Union's flagship educational exchange programme for Higher Education.

The scheme was introduced to give undergraduates the chance to study in Europe on cross-cultural exchanges, and initially formed part of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme. It's a reciprocal arrangement, so while you and other Bath students enjoy learning at an overseas host institution of similar standing to Bath, their students will spend time here.

Whether you're an architect or engineer, the Erasmus+ exchange programme is competitive. Places on the scheme are neither automatic nor guaranteed but will be offered on the basis of your personal interests and academic performance.

There are many reasons to apply for a foreign exchange. For a start, it allows you to experience another culture and develop relationships with students from a different background. You'll also learn how people from your host country approach your subject, and will undoubtedly enhance your foreign language skills.

As importantly, working and living abroad demonstrates your independence, motivation, willingness to try something new and appetite for knowledge. And, not least, it looks great on your CV.

The Erasmus+ funding sheme is only guaranteed until the end of the 2018/19 academic cycle. However, we hope to still offer other exchange opportunities after this.

Read about our students' experiences of their exchange

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Erasmus+ for architects

Our department has one of the UK's largest Erasmus+ architecture programmes, offering 24 places, at eight institutions, in six countries. If you're studying for the BSc (Hons) Architecture, you can apply to be considered for a one-semester exchange or whole year abroad at:

We'll tell you more about the scheme in the first semester of your second year when the updated programme of institutions is announced. Then, in Year 3 of the BSc Architecture course, you can decide whether to make an application.

Bath will make the nomination to your preferred host institution on your behalf, and the latter may ask you to submit a small design portfolio. It is the host institution who will decide whether to accept you on to the scheme.

If you're successful and take up a place, we'll review your new portfolio of work when you return to Bath at the beginning of September, after the summer holiday. Additionally, the academic transcript attained at your host university will be added to your departmental student record. Since your third year of study doesn't contribute to your final degree classification, assessment of your work will be to determine your progression into the fourth year.

Erasmus+ for civil engineers

The Department generally offers four students the chance of a semester-long Erasmus+ exchange, running from October until January in the first semester of your fourth year.

We can usually offer two places for MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering or MEng (Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering students at each of the following institutions:

We can't offer an Erasmus+ place before you apply in your third year and, as you might imagine, competition is intense. You'll have plenty of time to decide if you want to take part on the scheme, taking into account that places will be allocated based on your exam results to date.

Erasmus+ students go further in every way

The qualities and competencies you'll gain on the Erasmus+ exchange programme are sought by most employers. It's the perfect way to acquire them all at once.

How much does it cost?

You may qualify for a grant funded by the European Commission to help with your Erasmus+ expenses. If you spend a full academic year abroad (rather than one semester) while receiving a UK student support loan, you may also qualify for reduced fees at Bath for the year overseas.

How to apply for the programme