The University has an established suite of international exchange partnerships to facilitate and encourage student/staff mobility placements. The majority are European Union (EU) partnerships under the umbrella of the Erasmus+ programme. Erasmus+ is the European Commission's flagship educational exchange programme for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions, running from 2014 – 2020.  Currently the University participates in over 100 exchange partnerships in 16 EU countries and 7 non-EU countries.

Most students take part in study placements while on exchange; work placements are also available as part of Erasmus for students.  Students participating in an exchange placement are awarded credit which counts towards their degree marks. For Erasmus Agreements, the University issues the Diploma Supplement, which gives a summary of all credit attained by the student at Heriot-Watt University, together with the equivalent results within the European Credit Transfer System.

The Erasmus Programme also allows members of the academic staff to take part in Teaching Mobility placements, and other categories of staff are able to participate in Training placements.

All Erasmus placements are governed by the rules of the Commission of the European Communities. All Higher Education Institutions are required to hold the Erasmus University Charter to participate in the Erasmus programme and must make available a copy of the Erasmus Charter and Erasmus Policy Statement on the University website.

The UK National Agency, the British Council, carries out regular audits to ensure that the Erasmus Exchange Programme is being administered correctly.

Further information for colleagues, about the Exchange Programme, including guidelines on the Approval process for new Exchanges are available from our Exchange Approval Process SharePoint site.