Postgraduate Study Abroad opportunities in the School of History


The School of History has established a number of Erasmus+ exchange programmes that include opportunities for Research Students who may wish to study abroad and do research in one of our Partner Institutions.

Erasmus+, Fees and Funding

Erasmus+ is the EU's educational programme for Higher Education students, staff and institutions. The scheme is funded by the European Commission as part of the Lifelong Learning programme.  It exists to promote student and staff mobility in higher education, principally within the European Union, although some non-EU countries also participate. As an Erasmus+ exchange student you will not pay tuition fees to your host university. Erasmus+ students normally receive an Erasmus+ grant provided by the European Commission which contributes towards the extra costs arising from studying or working abroad for credit. For more information about Eligibility Criteria, Fees and Funding, please read the information in the relevant CSA webpage of the University. Research Council students should make sure that they have their funding body’s permission, notifying them particularly for any grants that they may be taking from Erasmus+.

 

Application process

You need to research carefully the options below, and make sure that the Host Institution is appropriate for your studies and research. In the first instance you should speak to your supervisor about the scheme. It is very important to ensure that you will have adequate supervision by a member of staff of the Host Institution while studying abroad.

You need to submit the following to asohist@st-andrews.ac.uk:

  • A covering letter explaining how the exchange will help your research, and what activities you’ll undertake during your term in the host institution.
  • A Curriculum Vitae.
  • A short description of the proposed research at the host institution (up to 500 words)
  • A letter by your supervisor, approving the application and the proposed programme, and commenting on the progress of the student and the relevance of the proposed visit

The deadline for the applications is 14 April 2017. In the event of more applications than spaces for the same exchange, a School Committee will decide which application to prioritise.

Once accepted by the School of History, you will have to:

  • Complete an application form for the host university (this is normally a formality).
  • In some cases, provide letters of reference.
  • Complete (in consultation with your supervisor) a Postgraduate Learning Agreement. This will need to be approved before you left St Andrews to study abroad.

For more information, please contact the Study Abroad Co-ordinator of the School of History (Dr Sean Murphy - asohist@st-andrews).

Please note that the exchange with Leiden has a different application process.


Destinations

Florence – EUI

About EUI

The European University Institute (EUI) was set up in 1972 by the six founding Member States of the European Communities to provide advanced academic training to doctoral researchers and to promote research at the highest level. It opened its doors to the first researchers in 1976.
It carries out research in a European perspective in Economics, Law, History and Civilization, and the Political and Social Sciences. Its full-time teaching staff, fellows and researchers are recruited from all over Europe and beyond.

About the exchange

The exchange is open to all Research Students in the School of History, though please check that there will be someone who will be able to act as your supervisor in EUI (e.g. there is currently no provision for Mediaeval students for this exchange). The duration of the exchange is one semester, and there is one place per academic year.


Bonn

About Universität Bonn

The University of Bonn was founded almost 200 years ago and is considered to be one of Germany's and indeed Europe's most important institutes of higher education. As home of learning to over 27,000 students, it enjoys an outstanding reputation both at home and abroad. It is one of the world's leading research based Universities and therefore operates on an international level. it particularly specializes in the fields of research and teaching, and this has led to its evolving into the position of a truly prominent international institution.

About the exchange

The exchange is open to all Research Students in the School of History, though please check that there will be someone who will be able to act as your supervisor in Bonn. The duration of the exchange is 3-6 months (usually a semester), and there is one place per academic year.


Cologne

About Universität zu Köln

The University of Cologne is the sixth oldest university in Central Europe, and is one of the largest universities in Germany, with more than 40,000 students. Our exchange is with the Historisches Institut, which is one of the largest History Schools in the German-speaking world. In addition to traditional departments, such as Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern and Contemporary History, the Institute in Cologne includes region-specific departments for Anglo-American, Iberian / Latin American and East European History. The institute is very research-active, with a variety of externally funded projects and national and international research collaborations and networks.

About the exchange

The exchange is open to all Research Students in the School of History and the School of Classics, though please do check that there will be someone who will be able to act as your supervisor in Cologne. The duration of the exchange is 3-6 months (usually a semester), and there is one place per academic year.

Selection process

The selection process for Cologne is the same as with other exchanges, with a representative from Classics also part of the selection committee.


Oslo

About the Universitetet i Oslo

Founded in 1811, the Universitetet i Oslo is Norway’s largest and oldest institution of higher education. With 8 Faculties, around 30,000 students, several centres of academic excellence and five Nobel prize winners, the University ranks highly in academic excellence. It is home to the Viking Ship Museum, the Historical Museum and the Natural History Museum, a Main Library with 3.6 million holdings and a wide range of associated units and centres. It has a strong track record of pioneering research and scientific discovery.

About the exchange

The exchange is open to all Research Students in the School of History, but it is more relevant to Mediaeval History students. The duration of the exchange is 3-6 months (usually a semester). There is usually one place per academic year, though this is in conjunction with the undergraduate exchange. If you plan to apply to Oslo, please check in with the Study Abroad Co-ordinator of the School beforehand.

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Roma Tre

About the Università degli studi Roma Tre

Founded in 1992, Roma Tre University was the third public university to be established in the metropolitan area of Rome. During this period, the Roma Tre "project" has brought into focus its profile of a dynamic and efficient seat of learning that is becoming an acknowledged point of reference both in the Italian and the international university system.

Our exchange is with the Roma Tre Law Faculty, which is considered one of the most dynamic Italian law faculties. In the last five years it has constantly been ranked between the third and the fifth place among over 60 Italian law faculties. It offers to its 6000 students over 80 courses taught by 50 tenured professors. The Faculty is also staffed with around 30 research fellows.

About the exchange

The exchange is open to Research Students in the School of History, particularly in the field of Legal and Constitutional History (e.g. with topics in the fields of law, legal history, global constitutionalism, and legal aspects of international relations). Please make sure that there will be someone who will be able to act as your supervisor in Rome. The duration of the exchange will be 3-6 months, and there is one place per academic year.

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Siena

About the Università di Siena

The University of Siena has a rich history and a great knowledge-related tradition, as well a strong commitment to both research and innovation. It was founded in 1240, and in the eight centuries since its foundation, it has generated knowledge in all fields of study. Today, it continues to achieve some of the best results of all Italian universities for its research, teaching and services. In 2011-12, the University of Siena had 16,239 undergraduate students and 6,144 graduate students, and was classified second in the whole of Italy for its structures, quality of services, internet access, study grants and internationalization (Censis classification), and seventh out of 58 Italian Universities for its attractiveness to students from other regions and countries.

About the exchange

The exchange is open to all Research Students in the School of History, though please check that there will be someone who will be able to act as your supervisor in Siena. The duration of the exchange will be 3-6 months, and there is one place per academic year.

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Trinity College Dublin

About Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College builds on its four-hundred-year-old tradition of scholarship to confirm its position as one of the great universities of the world, providing a liberal environment where independence of thought is highly valued and where staff and students are nurtured as individuals and are encouraged to achieve their full potential.

The College is committed to excellence in both research and teaching, to the enhancement of the learning experience of each of its students and to an inclusive College community with equality of access for all. The College will continue to disseminate its knowledge and expertise to the benefit of the City of Dublin, the country and the international community.

About the exchange

The exchange is open to all Research Students in the School of History, though please check that there will be someone who will be able to act as your supervisor in Dublin. The duration of the exchange will be 3-6 months, and there is one place per academic year.


Utrecht University

About Universiteit Utrecht

Utrecht University is a research university comprising of seven faculties which collectively span the entire academic spectrum in teaching and research. Founded in 1636, the University is now a modern, leading institute enjoying a growing international reputation. In the Shanghai Ranking, Utrecht University ranks 1st in the Netherlands, 12th in Europe and 48th worldwide. It offers a broad range of 45 undergraduate and 107 graduate programmes, the latter including many English-taught programmes. There are 30,344 students at Utrecht University and 7,500 members of staff. Every year, more than 2,000 international students and researchers stay in Utrecht for variable periods of time.

About the exchange

The exchange is open to Research Students of Mediaeval History in the School, though please check that there will be someone who will be able to act as your supervisor in Utrecht. The duration of the exchange will be 3-6 months, and there is one place per academic year.


Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3

About Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3

Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 is a mediaeval University, one of the oldest academic institutions in Europe. It was founded on 26 October 1289, by a bull of Pope Nicolas IV, and united the existing Schools of Medicine, Arts and Law to a single University. In 1970, the different Faculties formed three distinct Universities. Set in a beautiful campus north of the city, the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Languages and Social Sciences is the University of Montpellier III.

About the exchange

The exchange is open to all Research Students in the School of History, though please check that there will be someone who will be able to act as your supervisor in Montpellier. It may be more suitable for Mediaeval History students, due to the Centre d'Études Médiévales de Montpellier. The duration of the exchange will be 3-6 months, and there is one place per academic year.

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Milan

About Università degli Studi di Milano

The University of Milan is a public teaching and research university, and is distinguished by its wide variety of disciplinary fields. A leading institute in Italy and Europe for academic productivity, the University of Milan is the largest university in the region, with approximately 64,000 students, eight Faculties, two Schools and more than 2000 members of teaching staff. It has a network of 82 libraries, some of which are dedicated to the main disciplinary areas, while a number of more specialised libraries are primarily used for research purposes. It also possesses a remarkable artistic and cultural heritage that includes important historic buildings, inherited and acquired collections, and archives. You will also have the opportunity to use other libraries and institutions of the area, such as the Ambrosian Library, or the National Library in Turin.

About the exchange

The exchange is open to all Research Students in the School of History, though please check that there will be someone who will be able to act as your supervisor in Milan. The duration of the exchange will be 3-6 months, and there is one place per academic year.

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Leiden

About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university of the Netherlands (1575). Much like St Andrews, the University permeates the local surroundings; its premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities, and is the highest ranking Dutch University in the Times Higher Education Ranking (THE) again this year (67th position - 2013).

About the exchange

The Schools of Art History, Classics, Divinity and History have an established Erasmus+ Exchange Programme with Leiden University. The exchange is run by the School of Art History, but is open to postgraduate students in the School of History. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Dr Murphy in the first instance, as the exchange with Leiden has a different application process.

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