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Erasmus Exchange Studies at SRUC

SRUC has six campuses in total, three of which offer degree level study, each with its own areas of specialism.

SRUC Aberdeen, in the north east of Scotland, is located on the outskirts of Aberdeen city centre – a vibrant student-friendly city, and surrounded by some of Scotland’s most outstanding scenery: mountains, lochs, beaches, castles, and whisky! If you like the great outdoors, this is a difficult location to beat.

SRUC Ayr, on the west cost of Scotland, offers a modern campus environment in the seaside town of Ayr. The beautiful and diverse landscape of the region features extensive livestock and arable farmland, rare Atlantic woodlands in gorge valleys, country estates, rugged coastlines, and rolling moorlands and hills. There are also stunning views across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran and atmospheric Mull of Kintyre.

SRUC Edinburgh, located in Scotland’s capital city, offers Erasmus students the opportunity to live in one of Europe’s leading cities. Edinburgh is a great city for students – vibrant and full of activity, yet small enough to get around easily. Edinburgh’s historic centre, with its majestic castle and gardens, and its enviable location near the sea and surrounded by hills, are some of the reasons it’s often voted the best city in the UK.

How to Apply

Students studying a semester at SRUC normally take 4 modules. Each module is worth the equivalent of 7.5 ECTS credits – students gain a total of 30 ECTS credits during their time at SRUC. Study is undertaken at undergraduate degree level (EQF level 6) – the third and fourth years of a Scottish Honours degree.

Once we receive your nomination to study at SRUC from your home institution, we will send you the application form to choose modules for your course of study.

Any questions can be directed to

Late arrival

We recognise that our semester dates will not necessarily tie up with the dates at your own institution. However, it’s very important to try and arrive on time for the start of the course. If you know that you won’t get here in time, please let us know. We would strongly discourage you from missing any more than one or two classes, and only then if absolutely unavoidable. 

English Language

Our courses are taught and assessed in English – for their own sake, students must be confident that they have a good enough level of English language in order to cope. As a guide, we would expect undergraduate students to have an English language level of B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR); an Upper Intermediate level equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Staying for more than one Semester

Most Erasmus students choose to spend one semester at SRUC, but some do decide to stay for the full academic year. If you choose to stay on for an extra semester following your arrival at SRUC you should speak with the Education Office as soon as possible in order to process an application for Semester 2 study.  This will be subject to approval from your home institution. 

Early departure

The academic year ends officially on 31st of May 2020. By then you will know your final marks. Our own students may be called on to attend the Academic Boards which finalise marks and take place in June, and so are required to be present until the end of the academic year. While this is technically the case for Erasmus students, we do recognise that your studies will have finished by the time your exams finish at the end of May, and so it is normally possible for those studying in Semester 2 to go home at that point.

Confirmation of grades

The Exam Board within SRUC is held in the middle of June, at which point student grades will be discussed and ratified. Letters of confirmation of final grades will be provided following this Exam Board for students attending first semester, second semester, and the full year. Upon request from the student’s home institution it is possible for provisional grades for first semester students to be provided via email at the beginning of March; however, these will be subject to approval in the June exam board and as such are subject to change, so should be used as a guide to final grade only until the confirmation letter arrives after the June exam board. Table 1 below provides the Grade Scale used within SRUC, providing an outline of how our grading system corresponds with the Erasmus Grading Scale.

Table 1: University of Glasgow Grade Scale (used at SRUC)




Very Good



Marginal Fail

Clear Fail

Poor Fail








A1 A2 A3 A4 A5

B1 B2 B3

C1 C2 C3

D1 D2 D3

E1 E2 E3

F1 F2 F3

G1  G2 H

22  21 20 19 18

17  16  15

14  13  12

11  10   9

8   7   6

5   4   3

 2    1   0

ERASMUS Grading Scale


Very Good














We cannot guarantee accommodation – arranging accommodation is your responsibility, but there are people you can contact who may be able to offer advice and assistance.

At the Aberdeen Campus:

There is a hall of residence on campus in Aberdeen. They may have rooms available. Please contact for further information. 

If there are no rooms in halls, there is a good private rental market in Aberdeen. The Aberdeen Education Office will be able to offer further assistance and advice: email or

At the Ayr Campus:

There is a hall of residence on campus in Ayr. They may have rooms available. Please contact the Ayr Campus Senior Tutor, for further information. 

If there are no rooms in halls, there is a good private rental market in Ayr. The Ayr Education Office will be able to offer further assistance and advice: email or

At the Edinburgh Campus: 

SRUC does not have any student residences in Edinburgh. There are several private halls of residence in the city, which many students make use of. 

These private halls commonly offer full-year contracts, but some may offer a half year if they are not full.

Most Erasmus students arrange to arrive in the city promptly or slightly earlier than the start of their course, arrange temporary accommodation for their arrival, and search for a room in a shared flat to rent while they are here. Edinburgh has a large rental market so students do not struggle to find suitable accommodation.

Contact the Edinburgh Education Office for further assistance and advice: email or

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