Erasmus March 2017

"We have these Year Abroad parties on the 8th floor of Blackett. They're nice events where you can talk to your coordinators, language teachers and Erasmus students over food and drinks. The Erasmus students told me that when you speak a foreign language in another country every day your sense of humour simplifies and your personality changes. I can't wait to see this firsthand."

4 year diary

Year 1

To register online with the Humanities Programme for your language course, go to the course pages

Language courses take place at lunchtimes during Terms 1&2.

Events During Year 1

  • 4-5pm Tuesday 8th and Friday 11th October 2019
    Year In Europe Inductions (Run by the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communications)
  • October Erasmus Club Event
  • November Talk by Erasmus Academic Coordinator
  • November Year Abroad Party
  • March Summer Party


Erasmus Club Website 

Year 2

Events during year 2

  • Year Abroad first briefing by Exchange Academic Coordinator
  • Year Abroad Party
  • Year Abroad second briefing by Exchange Academic Coordinator to prepare students for selection of host institution abroad
  • Students wishing to study in America for their year abroad are invited to apply for this opportunity
  • Meeting to prepare students for the Year 2 Preference Form
    Students are encouraged to
    • explore Host University Websites
    • discuss with YiE Returners, YiE Students currently abroad, Occasional Students from the Host Universities, and the Academic Visitors
    • read Year 4 Debriefing Forms and lists of past projects
    before completing their forms.
  • Students are allocated their host institution
  • The student selected to go to America is informed and transferred to the Year Abroad degree
  • Year Abroad Party
  • Application forms for host institutions completed and submitted
  • Imperial College Intensive Language Courses
  • Exam results out. Students are notified whether they are qualified to go abroad
  • Starter Pack sent to home addresses
  • Students go out to Host Universities


Erasmus Club Website


Year 3

Whilst you are abroad, keep in regular e-mail contact with your Physics Co-ordinator,  Amy Cripps-Mahajan and where appropriate with the Academic Co-ordinator or Academic Visitor.

Events and Key Dates in Year 3

Before departure, contact the local co-ordinator with your arrival details and arrange to meet

  • Students move abroad to host institution
  • students email Amy Cripps-Mahajan immediately on arrival
  • Local intensive language course (students studying in America are exempt from this)
  • Arrange and agree lecture courses and project
  • First visit by Academic Visitor
    • meets local co-ordinator, project supervisors etc
    • advises students on courses, projects, welfare issues etc
    • report submitted to Physics Department on each visit
    • return preliminary lecture courses form and project plan
  • Deadline for sending in final lecture course form
  • Deadline for sending in initial project plan form
  • Deadline for return of project progress form
  • Deadline for submission of two-page project synopsis.
  • Feedback on synopsis to students
Late April/May
  • Second visit by Academic Visitor
  • May Pack of documents sent out to students, requesting information and preparing you for
    • Project Report (in English) and Oral Presentation (in host language)
    • Confirmation of lecture courses taken, exam results
    • Optional Courses in Year 4 (including Humanities & Business School)
  • Students give oral presentation on project
    • in host language
    • assessed by project supervisor
    • June 24th: project report submission date
  • Project report submission deadline
  • Student leaves host institution


Over the academic year at the European and International university students are provided with feedback that focuses on two main strands:

  • Project – feedback on students’ projects is provided in several stages by two markers.  The initial feedback by the first marker comments on the strengths and weaknesses of the project’s report.  It also provides suggestions on improvements the student can make.  Academic visitors from Imperial College London visit students in spring to discuss the project synopsis and advise on the remaining project work.  Students subsequently receive formal written feedback on their project from both markers in October of the following academic year.
  • Examinations - Year Abroad students take exams at the end of each module, over the entire year in Europe course.  Students receive exam feedback directly from the local university teaching staff.  These examinations provide summative assessment to evaluate student learning and achievement over the entire year at the host university. 

The Physics Department does not currently provide access to exam scripts.



Erasmus Club Website

Year 4

Year 4 Returners are vital to the success of our Exchanges Programme! Many of you help to run the Erasmus Club. Your contacts at departmental parties and elsewhere with less senior Year Abroad students and with Visiting Students are invaluable for passing on information and helping them gain confidence. Moreover, one of you is elected as the Year Abroad rep, to speak for all Year Abroad students and Visiting/Erasmus students.

Events in Year 4

  • Debriefing Form sent out (students record their experiences abroad)
  • Election of Year Abroad Representative
  • Imperial Erasmus Club event
  • Year 3 results become available
  • Year Abroad Party
  • Year Abroad Party
  • Workshop for year 2 students: share your experiences abroad with those about to leave


Erasmus Club Website