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Outgoing Erasmus Students

About the programmes

School of English students (in both Single Honours and Joint Honours) who wish to participate in an exchange at another EU university are invited to apply for the Erasmus programme. The vast majority of our students participate in Erasmus in their Junior Sophister year, but it is possible to arrange a Senior Fresh exchange if necessary. In order to gain the fullest experience, we encourage you to go for a full academic year, but one-semester exchanges can be accommodated where appropriate. If you are doing Joint Honours, we would strongly advise you to contact the Study Abroad Coordinator in each subject to check if there are any issues or restrictions you should be aware of before you apply.

Unlike the College-wide, non-EU exchanges, Erasmus exchanges are arranged by individual departments with their partner institutions throughout the EU. The Study Abroad Coordinator will contact all students early in Hilary Term to provide further details and to encourage students to apply. Joint Honours students are free to apply for exchanges arranged by either of their departments, but must have the approval of both departments to participate in an exchange, and will be required to keep both departments informed about the modules studied abroad. Please note that, in order to be eligible for an Erasmus exchange, you must attain at least a II.2 grade in your annual examinations in English.

The School of English participates in Erasmus exchanges with the following institutions:

NB: Exchanges with the UK are continuing until HT 2024 despite Brexit.


Number of Places

Austria: Salzburg


Czech Republic: Prague Charles University


France: Sorbonne University (formerly Paris IV)


France: University of Paris (formerly Paris VII Diderot)


France: Nice, Côte d'Azur University  (formerly Sophia Antipolis)


France: Tours


Italy: Bologna

1 (full year only)         

Germany: Heidelberg

1 (HT or full year only)

Germany: Flensburg

2 (HT or full year only)

Germany: Hamburg

2 (HT or full year only)

Switzerland: Zurich


Switzerland: Lausanne


UK: St Andrews


UK: University of East Anglia


UK: Aberdeen


UK: Birmingham


Belgium: Antwerp


Belgium: Liège


Belgium: Leuven


Denmark: Aarhus


While every effort will be made to accommodate student preference, places on these exchanges are limited, and we cannot guarantee a place at your chosen institution. Also, while each of these institutions offers several courses suitable for students of English literature (and taught through English), Joint Honoursstudents should note that it is possible that not all of these institutions will be considered suitable by their other department; therefore communicating with both departments is essential.


Funding is available to cover some of your travel and maintenance costs. The grant for a full academic year abroad varies depending on where you go, but most students can expect to receive in the region of €1,500. For further details, please consult the Outbound from Trinity website. All Irish grants and scholarships continue to be paid while you are away on an Erasmus exchange.

ECTS requirements

Students going abroad for a year generally take modules to the equivalent of 60 ECTS. The minimum requirement for a full-year exchange is 45 ECTS, but we strongly encourage you to take more than the minimum in case of failure in some element (failed elements do not receive ECTS credit). For Joint Honours students participating in a full year exchange, this means that you must obtain a minimum 22.5 credits in each subject in order to rise with your year. For students going abroad for one semester, the minimum requirement is 22.5 ECTS credits; in the case of Joint Honours students, you must return with at least 10 credits in each subject.

Modules/Learning Agreement

The School of English does not require you to take any specific modules while abroad, but you will be required to submit a Learning Agreement detailing all the modules you intend to study and outlining how many credits are available for each module. This will be reviewed by the Study Abroad Coordinator, who will contact you if there are any problems (Joint Honours students will need to have their Learning agreement approved by both Coordinators). At the end of the year (or semester), the Coordinator will convert your marks back into a Trinity grade.


If you have any questions about our Erasmus programme in English please do not hesitate to contact the Study Abroad Coordinator:

Dr. Ema Vyroubalová
Room 5089
Arts Building