Study abroad and Erasmus+

Study Abroad and Erasmus+

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What is Erasmus +

Erasmus+ is the European Union's flagship education and training programme in the third level education sector. Since the programme began in 1987, more than 200,000 students across the EU have taken up the opportunity to study abroad each year, with over 3 million students participating in semester or year-long exchanges. The programme also supports trainees, teachers and other staff, making Erasmus+ one of the EU’s most successful initiatives of all.

The Higher Education Authority is the National Agency managing the Erasmus+ programme in Ireland on behalf of the European Commission. For further information about all aspects of the Erasmus programmes and projects visit

TU Dublin holds the TU Dublin's Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014 - 2020 , allowing it to participate in all aspects of the Erasmus programme. 

TU Dublin’s Erasmus Policy Statement

Erasmus Programme Partners



OUT-going Erasmus+

Students and Trainees (interns) opting for a study visit or work placement spend a semester or full academic year at a partner institution or enterprise within the EU. The time spent in the host institution is fully recognized by TU Dublin through the use of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). TU Dublin currently has around 250 academic partners (Universities and other HEIs) in 21 countries across the European Union and EEA countries. During the 2019/2020 academic year, upwards of 250 TU Dublin students and trainees will spend at least one semester studying at one of our partner institutions, or working in enterprises.  20+ teachers and non-academic staff will also participate in mobility with support from the Erasmus+ scheme.

Students whose programmes of study include a work placement may have the opportunity to complete their placement in another EU state. TU Dublin works closely with industry partners throughout Europe who offer excellent work placement opportunities to students from a variety of disciplines.

Students participating in the Erasmus+ programme not only gain invaluable academic and/or work training experience, but also have the opportunity to experience life in another country, develop language and intercultural skills, travel and broaden their horizons.

TU Dublin’s International Student Office is responsible for coordinating the Erasmus programme.

Language Policy

Foreign language proficiency may be required by the host institution/enterprise for participating Erasmus + mobility programme. At TU Dublin, students and staff are selected for certain destinations based on ability to succeed within the new environment.

Outgoing Students are actively encouraged to partake in any language course being provided inside or outside TU Dublin prior to start of the mobility, regardless if they will be learning through the host language or English.

Some of TU Dublin’s academic programmes include modules in foreign languages. For mandatory study or traineeship abroad you may need to attend up to two years of courses as preparation. In cases of non-compulsory mobility students can take language courses offered through our School of Languages, Law & Social Sciences.

As a student participating in Erasmus+ mobility you are strongly encouraged to engage with the Online Linguistic Support (OLS), an online language-learning tool designed to improve your knowledge of the language in which you will work or study abroad, thereby helping you to integrate better in the new environment and maximize your Erasmus experience. The OLS is available in several languages including English, and your academic coordinator will assign an individual license to you after a Learning / Training Agreement has been drawn up. You do not require previous knowledge of the language to get started, and OLS offers several ways to help fast track your language learning, e.g. group chats, MOOCs, grammar quizzes, live tutorials, etc.

IN-coming Erasmus+

Applying for Erasmus or Exchange at TU Dublin

To study with us as an Erasmus or exchange student for 1 or 2 semesters your home university must have an inter- institutional agreement with TU Dublin, signed in the subject area you wish to study while here.

Assuming an inter-institutional agreement is in place, you must then be nominated by your home university –

In-coming Erasmus and exchange students must be nominated through their home university only. Please check with the International Office of your home university to see if you have been nominated. 

Students who have been nominated for Erasmus+ or other exchange mobility will receive an email from the TU Dublin Erasmus and exchange section to explain how to apply and what documents are needed.

The application form can also be found below: 

Erasmus + Application Form (incoming) ‌( to be published soon)

All instructions are on the form itself .Please take note of the deadlines for submission.

TU Dublin does not accept Free Movers (i.e. students who wish to come to TU Dublin for one or two semesters but whose home universities do not have a bilateral agreement with TU Dublin.

  1. Closing Date for receipt of the single signed softcopy (PDF file only) Applications for Semester 1 & Full Year - 2020/2021: 19 April 2020
  2. Closing Date for receipt of the single softcopy ( PDF file only) Applications for Semester 2 -2019/20: Friday 1 Nov 2019
  3. You will first have to complete and sign the application form and then have it signed by your home Erasmus/Exchange coordinator.
  4. You may then submit it electronically to TU Dublin at the following email address:
  5. With your application form, please also email your Transcript of Records from the last year of your studies (this is the document that lists the subjects you studied in the last year and the results you obtained). If you are applying to be a student of the Dublin School of Creative Arts or of the School of Architecture, please also send your portfolio to us either by post or through drobox to the following address: Contact the Exchange Office.
  6. Once you submit your soft copy application form, you will be contacted to confirm receipt of your application form. Two to three weeks after the application deadline, you will be informed if you have been accepted. The Exchange Section will then send you a ‘Letter of Acceptance’ via email and an ‘Erasmus Information Pack’ and will keep in contact with you by email prior to your arrival in Dublin.

Students who wish to apply for a whole programme / or entry to complete your degree should contact our Admissions Office.

Erasmus+ at TU Dublin for Teachers & Staff

Erasmus+ is not just for students and trainees; it also offers opportunities for exchange among teaching staff and administrative staff throughout participating countries.

Outgoing Teacher Mobility

Each year TU Dublin receives funding to allow teaching staff to travel to partner HEIs to conduct a period of teaching (minimum 8 hours’ teaching)

Interested academic staff should contact their campus international office, and observe the annual internal deadline for applications (February).  Information regarding the application procedure is emailed to all departments in October / November of the preceding year.

All applications are reviewed by the International Office. The funding each year is limited, and priority is given to teachers/staff applying for the first time. Successful applicants will be contacted by their campus International Office.

Teaching Assignments

Teaching assignments enables staff to spend a teaching period at a higher education institution in another participating country. A minimum duration of 5 working days is strongly recommended to provide a meaningful contribution to the teaching programme and international academic life at the host institution.  Shorter periods should be exceptional.

There is an obligation to deliver at least 8 hours of teaching.

The teaching assignments may be carried out by teaching staff of higher education institutions and by invited staff of enterprises. In all cases, the activities of staff undertaking a teaching assignment should be integrated into the curricula of the host institution.

The partner higher education institutions/enterprise must have agreed on the programme of the activities to be undertaken by the visiting teachers (teaching programme) prior to the start of the mobility period. When the person carrying out the assignment is from a higher education institution, the assignment must be based on an inter-institutional agreement between the home and host institution.

In the case of staff mobility from an enterprise to a higher education institution, the mobility is arranged by an invitation of the higher education institution to the staff member of the enterprise. The grant is always managed by the home HEI.

Staff members with special needs may apply for a specific grant after they had been selected for a mobility period.

Outgoing (non-academic) Staff Mobility

Erasmus-supported Staff Training at Enterprises and at HEIs (EU only).

Staff Training enables teaching and other staff of HEIs to spend a period of training (job-shadowing scheme, study visit, workshop, etc.) between 5 working days and 6 weeks in an enterprise or organisation such as an HEI in another participating country. An Inter-institutional Agreement does not need to be in place for training visits.

Staff mobility for training allows TU Dublin staff to acquire knowledge or specific know-how and gain experience as well as practical skills relevant for their current job and their professional development. These visits are of huge benefit to TU Dublin, enhancing cooperation between HEIs and enterprises across Europe.

Staff members interested in pursuing a training period abroad using Erasmus funds should get in touch with their campus Erasmus office for details.

Staff members with special needs may apply for a specific grant after they had been selected for a mobility period.

Erasmus+ Projects at TU Dublin

Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility at TU Dublin

TU Dublin has been successful annually in their bid for participation in Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility projects since these were first offered in 2016. Together with partners beyond the European Union, projects with partners in Canada, China, Egypt, Mexico, Russian Federation, and Tunisia have been undertaken in the area of curriculum development and staff exchange.