UCC | ERASMUS Exchange

Study placements abroad are offered through the Erasmus Exchange project and provide a great opportunity to enhance your CV. If you choose to study on a nationally recognised qualification, full-time, or part-time, you may have the opportunity to study part of your course in another European country, including Spain, Italy, Germany and Belgium.

University Centre Colchester supports students to complete ERASMUS study placements, and will provide support and guidance to outgoing (UCC students going abroad) and incoming (Students coming from our partner universities to study at UCC) students. Click on the link below for information relevant to you.

Outgoing ERASMUS Study Placements – information for current UCC undergraduate/postgraduate students wanting to complete a period studying abroad.

Incoming ERASMUS Study Placements – information for current undergraduate/postgraduate students at our partner universities wanting to complete a study period at UCC.

Outgoing Students

If you are currently studying at University Centre Colchester or are considering a course with us, then we offer opportunities for you to spend a semester studying in another country on most courses. ERASMUS is extremely worthwhile and enjoyable both socially and educationally. You do not have to speak a foreign language and a semester studying abroad offers you a host of benefits. You gain:

  • an excellent opportunity for personal development, becoming more independent and confident as a result of study abroad;
  • the chance to become immersed in another culture over a sustained period, coming to know a country and its people in a way that you could not as a tourist;
  • a different perspective on the world and your academic discipline in particular; and
  • an opportunity to experience an alternative educational system which develops different skills from those that feature most prominently in the UK system.

ERASMUS enhances your employability, helps you stand out from other candidates and signals to an employer that you have maturity, adaptability and an ability to live and work independently. With businesses becoming increasingly international, the experience of living abroad becomes more attractive to employers. As part of the study abroad you will have an opportunity to develop skills in a second language and promote this via a Europass Certificate. In addition, you will have an invaluable chance to meet people from different countries and form friendships.

Eligibility Requirements

Students currently studying an undergraduate/post graduate course at UCC are eligible to participate in the ERASMUS programme, providing the following basic requirements are met.

  • Undergraduate Students
    Students need to apply for an ERASMUS study placement during their first year, the placement will start from Semester 2 of the second year. It is important that you speak to your course tutor first and then contact the University Centre Colchester office for more information and an application form. Email international@colchester.ac.uk or telephone (01206) 712152.
  • Postgraduate Students
    Students need to apply for an ERASMUS study placement within the first 2 weeks of starting their course; the placement is likely to take place in the second semester of the first year and will be for a maximum of 3 months. It is important that you speak to your course tutor first and then contact the University Centre Colchester office for more information and an application form. Email international@colchester.ac.uk or telephone (01206) 712152.

Studies/Courses while you are away

  • Assessment
    You will undertake a course of study which will be taught and assessed by the host university but will be integrated into your studies at UCC and will count towards your final degree result. This means that you are required to take courses in the same discipline that you are studying at UCC. For example, if you are doing a Fine Art degree, you must study Fine Art during your study placement abroad. The modules will already have been approved by your department during the application stage – if you have to make ANY changes to this pre-approved list, then you must notify the International Office immediately, taking unapproved modules could result in you receiving no credits and create a shortfall in the credits needed to complete your second year. The International Office will be in contact with all students prior to the start of their study placement, with a request to return a completed arrival form & Contact Details Form to ensure that we have the most up to date information.
  • Coursework
    During your study placement all completed coursework must be returned to your course tutor at Colchester Institute. You will receive an email prompt from the International Office at UCC when you return from the study placement.
  • Transcripts and Conversion to University Centre Colchester marks
    These will generally be sent to UCC direct from the host university at the end of your study period, although some partner institutions may request you to return your transcript of record. If you receive your transcript of record directly, please ensure that you provide a copy to the Study Abroad Office. The original needs to be given to your course tutor so the marks can be converted to the UCC grading grid using the approved conversion scaling.
  • One Semester Abroad
    Providing there are no fails, students will receive 60 University Centre Colchester credits for the period of their study abroad. The credits from the period of study abroad will be weighted in the same way as UCC credits from year two.
  • Language Requirements
    University Centre Colchester will arrange for students to complete a short language preparation course prior to their ERASMUS study placement, at some of our partner institutions students can continue developing their foreign language alongside their main course.

Where can I go for an ERASMUS study placement abroad?

University Centre Colchester currently has the following ERASMUS partnerships in Europe.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any specifics in more detail please email international@colchester.ac.uk or call (01206) 712152. If you would like to speak to someone about ERASMUS in person please visit the International Office, which is located opposite in the Main Reception in B Block in room B63.

Incoming Students

To study at University Centre Colchester under the ERASMUS programme your home institution must have an inter-institutional agreement with UCC. If your university does not have this agreement you can still study at UCC and further information on non – ERASMUS courses are available here.

Application Procedures

You need to contact the ERASMUS coordinator at your home institution to apply for an ERASMUS study placement at University Centre Colchester. If you are successful in gaining a place your ERASMUS coordinator will provide us with your name and email address. The application form including details of supporting information will be sent via e-mail to you directly from our ERASMUS coordinator at University Centre Colchester . You should complete the application form and learning agreement with the help of the ERASMUS co-ordinator or representative at your home institution.

The deadline for submission of your application is:

  • Full-year and Autumn-term students – 1st July*
  • Spring and/or Summer-term students – 1st November*

(*prior to the commencement of your period of study)

The application form includes your learning agreement and information on the modules that you can follow during your placement are available on our website under the course titles listed below, most incoming students will study the year 2 modules unless a different arrangement has been agreed. You will need to confirm which modules you will be studying and submit this information with your application. You will also need a passport-size photograph.

Finance

ERASMUS students do not pay tuition fees at University Centre Colchester but you are required to pay for accommodation and other living costs while you are here.

Many countries have regulations about the amount of money you can take out of the country. You should check as soon as possible whether such regulations apply to you. If necessary, seek permission to transfer funds to a bank in England as soon as possible. This often takes several weeks.

We advise you not to carry large sums of money with you. You should arrange to have money transferred to a bank. You will need about £200 in cash when you arrive in England, for expenses such as train fares and meals.

Please remember that the United Kingdom is not part of the Eurozone and the local currency is in pound sterling. You should consider the currency exchange rate when budgeting and a useful tool that may help is the Student Calculator.

Accommodation

Information regarding accommodation will be sent to you with your ERASMUS study placement offer. Students studying for an academic year may be able to apply for halls of resident accommodation; students studying less will be given an option of house share or homestay.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants will be required to submit with their application evidence of their English Language proficiency. This can be either a certificate in IELTS or Cambridge Advanced English or an internal examination completed at your home institution. Students must be between B2 and C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level. Students who do not meet the required level of English will not be offered a place.

Assessment and Examinations

All students who study at Colchester Institute must comply with the relevant Rules of Assessment and undertake the same work load as any other student – i.e. 60 ECTS credits during a full academic year or 30 credits for each semester.

Your Learning Agreement is a Contract between yourself, your home institution and University Centre Colchester . It is expected that students will undertake the full assessment of every module detailed in their Learning Agreement.

In most subjects, assessment will be based on both coursework (essays and assignments) submitted during the study period with a final project/exhibition in June.

You are expected to undertake the same number of essays or assignments for the modules as all other students taking the course will complete.

For students who miss part of a course because it is after the end of their period of study, alternative assessment arrangements will be made. Alternative assessment arrangements are not intended to compensate for a lack of competence in the English language.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs provide information on studying in the UK which you may want to read: www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/info_sheets/study_methods.php

For more information please contact the University Centre Colchester office on 0044 (0)1206712152 or email international@colchester.ac.uk