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Useful information about Erasmus exchanges at the University of Malta and the Department of International Relations has been collated here.

Currently, the second call for Erasmus offer for internship is open for applications, accessible through this link.

1) Can I study International Relations abroad?

The Department of International Relations strongly encourages students to undertake an Erasmus exchange. The Department has a large number of bilateral Erasmus+agreements that facilitate such exchanges across Europe. You can obtain more information about the available options below.

2) When can I go abroad?

The Department of International Relations encourages students to undertake an Erasmus exchange during the second semester of their second year of studies.  

3) What are the academic requirements for outgoing candidates?

The number of Erasmus beneficiaries is limited. The selection of students is based on published academic results up until the application closing date. 

4) What are the academic requirements for incoming students?

The selection of incoming students is undertaken by the home University.

5) How many credits should outgoing students take while abroad?

Outgoing students should not exceed 30 ECTS at the host institution. The total amount of credits should add up to 60 ECTS for the whole academic year. It is very important that the programme of studies and learning agreement are endorsed by the Erasmus+ Departmental Coordinator/ Head of Department.

6) How many credits should incoming students take while abroad?

Incoming students are required to take a minimum of 8 ECTS and a maximum of 30 ECTS per semester. It is very important that the programme of studies and learning agreement are endorsed by both the Sending Institution and the Receiving Institution.

7) Are outgoing students obliged to follow study units that closely match those that they would have followed had they remained at the University of Malta?

Students are free to choose any study units while abroad as long as they have been endorsed as per FAQ 5 above. However, outgoing students will have to take any compulsory study units that they have missed whilst abroad in their third year of studies if they are on offer.

8) Where can I find more information on the destinations available?

You will find information about our partner institutions below.  

9) Can students go abroad for a full academic year?

In general, students apply to study abroad for one semester. It is only under exceptional circumstances that the Department allows students to go abroad for a year.

10) If a student doesn’t speak any foreign languages, can s/he still study abroad with Erasmus?

Many of our partner institutions offer courses in English. Students should check the course catalogue of the institution of interest to ensure courses relevant to the subject area are offered in English at the required level.

11) Is there a limit on the number of students who can go to one institution?

Each Erasmus agreement is for a limited number of student places. A selection and allocation process based on student performance is undertaken by the Erasmus Office and the Department after the application deadline.

12 Is there any funding available?

Students selected for Erasmus+ mobility are eligible to receive a mobility grant which is awarded to them through financing received from the European Commission. Grants are calculated per month according to the country of destination and the length of the Erasmus+ mobility period. Grants are aimed at setting off part of the costs that are incurred and cannot cover all expenses involved. Students are therefore encouraged to ensure that they have other forms of financial assistance. 

13 How are calls advertised?

Calls are advertised by the International Office. Should the Erasmus office be launching a second Erasmus + mobility call, it will be notified through Newspoint.


The Department has a number of Erasmus agreements that facilitate student exchange with other universities across Europe.

These include:

• Adana Science and Technology, Turkey

• Ankara University, Turkey

• College of Social Media and Culture, Torun, Poland

• Collegium Civitas, Poland

• Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey

• Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary 

• Haccettepe University, Turkey

• Institut d'Etudes Politechnique de Toulouse, France

• Malmo University, Sweden

• Masaryk University, Czech Republic 

• Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia

• Universita' degli studi di Catania, Italy

• Universita' degli studi di Pisa, Italy 

• Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy

• Universita' degli studi di Trieste, Italy

• Universita' di Bologna, Italy

• Universite Lumiere Lyon 2, France

• University of Aberdeen, UK 

• University of Coventry, UK

• University of Deusto, Spain  

• University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia

• University of Geneva, Switzerland

• University of Groningen, Netherlands

• University of Iceland, Iceland 

• University of Limerick, Ireland

• University of Ljubljana, Slovenja 

• University of Warsaw, Poland

• Yasar University, Turkey 


For further information, please contact the International and EU Office or the Departmental Erasmus Coordinator.

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