Choosing the university for your Erasmus+ year or semester abroad can be complicated – we’re here to make it simpler to find the right match.

Our Members

For over a quarter of a century, The European Network for Studies in Sports Sciences (EN3S) has been a network of European universities devoted to promoting learning mobility and working together in the study of sport.

Our members are drawn from universities right across Europe with a tradition of international links between staff and students. Our focus is the study of sport sciences, physical education, adapted physical activity, sports management and other related fields of physical activity and sport studies. Each institution is unique, with teaching in special areas or specialist research interests and opportunities. There are opportunities to study in, and learn a second language, so studying Spanish, French, Italian, German or English as a second language will open up more options than sticking with your own native language. This is your chance to become truly internationalised.

The expertise amongst our individual members lies in teaching and research across the many sports disciplines, the teaching of English and supporting international students, especially through the Erasmus+ programme.

Here you will find a list of our members, and links to their web pages* to help plan your mobility. After the list is advice of the 6 steps you should take when thinking about and planning an Erasmus+ mobility. Start early, use the processes and resources of your home university, your own tutors’ advice, and take the initiative to contact any university you are considering. Colleagues at each university should be able to advise you too.

*Please note, the external weblinks belong to the respective institutions, and if in doubt, please contact them for further information or clarification. Logos are included only to identify the institutions, and may not be current.

Germany

The Georg-August University of Goettingen is one of the founding members of the EN3S, and you can find information on all of its programmes, along with details about study at the university here. Its sport undergraduate degrees and masters degrees are taught in German. There are details of the different subjects or courses you may be able to take and contact details on the BA Sport programme page. Information specifically for International Students and in particular Exchange students is available.

France

Université de Caen, Normandie, like our other French partners, has a long association with EN3S and Erasmus students. UFR STAPS focuses on sports and physical activity degrees (licences), including Adapted Physical Activity and Health ; Sport Management ; and Sports Coaching . There is a link at the bottom of each page for more detailed information on the objectives, content and what you will learn.

The website is in French, so it helps to be familiar with the language early on in the process, and classes are currently taught in French.

Université de Lorraine, Nancy is a large university in the North of France, sending and welcoming many Erasmus students each year. This page in English includes information about the application process and deadlines. Sport related courses are taught in French, and you can find details in French of the Licence at the STAPS web page. This includes a range of sports subjects, with pathways in Adapted Physical Activity; Education and Motor Functions; Sports Ergonomics and Motor Performance; Sports Coaching; and Sports Management. Open the Description + tab from the STAPS link. Also, under Plus d’informations you’ll find a link to the sports courses in the beautiful city of Nancy as a pdf document including ECTS credits and semesters 1 to 6.

Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, (‘UT3’) in the capital city of the South West Region of France, known as La Ville Rose. Its STAPS licence programmes take place in the Faculty of Sports Science and Human Movement, and include specialisms taught in French in Adapted Physical Activity and Health ; Education and Motor Function ; Sports Coaching; and Sports Management. These pages provide links to the syllabus, which gives details of ECTS and the courses each semester for each level of the licence from 1 to 3.

International mobility for their students is a university priority and applications are invited to study on exchange programmes at all levels. Contact details for inbound Erasmus enquiries are shown on this page.

Université de Strasbourg is in the city of Strasbourg near the German border and in many ways at the heart of European politics. The STAPS licence in the Faculty of Sport Sciences is detailed here with the same pathways as Caen above, and links to each pathway on the site. The ‘Faculty In a Nutshell‘ web page provides an excellent, concise overview in English for international students of faculty and courses, and an English or French Welcome Guide.

Norway

The University of South Eastern Norway offers an exciting range of exchange programmes for international students, taught in English, including Physical Education, Sport and Outdoor Learning and Outdoor Leadership, Culture and Ecophilosophy . This is a unique location with unique programmes, some year-long and others for one semester, especially suited to students of physical education and the outdoors. If you wish to be considered and nominated by your university for an exchange, deadlines and details to pass to your coordinator / tutor are here.

Spain

Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is in the beautiful Canary Islands. Sport-related subjects are taught in the Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, with details of each specific course here. There is the chance to study and practice tourism-related physical activity and traditional Canarian sports through the programme in Las Palmas.

Information for incoming Erasmus students and their universities is available in Spanish and in English and there is a list of courses taught in Spanish and in English here. Sport-related courses are taught in Spanish, with some business and tourism subjects in English. The degree (grado) in physical activity and sport sciences is described in Spanish, and there is also specific information for incoming mobility students here.

Universidad de Murcia delivers sports programmes at their San Javier campus, which includes watersports thanks to its coastal location. There is also a strong theme of sport in education at the university. General information about mobility is available here and you can also access the degree (grado) in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences , with links to the plan of studies (courses), timetables and other information, all in Spanish.

Universidad Europea Madrid has a strong focus on internationalisation and, in Spain’s dynamic capital city, presents the chance to choose subjects from physical activity sciences and sport, or global sports management. The university asks you to register to download the prospectus from the website, and has a range of sport-related courses at undergraduate and masters level. Some courses are taught in English, others in Spanish, so it may be possible to mix these to develop your Spanish skills as well as English.

Universidad del Pais Vasco is the University of the Basque Region in the North of Spain. Its handbook (published in 2017 ) in English explains all about the university, its programmes and processes for exchange students. You can find details of the grado in Physical Activity Sciences and Sport at the Araba/Alava (Vitoria-Gasteiz) campus, and specific information about mobility programmes as well as specific Erasmus details. Courses are taught in Spanish and Basque.

Italy

Universita degli Studi di Urbino “Carlo Bo” is found in the beautiful World Heritage city of Urbino in central Italy. The sport sciences and especially research are strong here, often in partnership with high profile sports teams. The ‘International‘ web page in English and Italian is a good starting point to discover the location, university and its courses. The searchable catalogue of courses identifies under ‘Sport, Health and Physical Exercise’ every subject or class that can be taken by visiting students, when it takes place, the ECTS and course duration. Clicking on a course title shows much more detail too, including assessment details, so is very informative. Some courses are taught in more than one language, some in Italian.

Romania

Ovidius University of Constanta offers courses taught in English as well as courses in Romanian, but all sports courses are taught in Romanian. Although the degrees are listed, you’ll need to contact the university’s International Students Department to find out about specific courses.

West University of Timisoara, where the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport delivers undergraduate courses in physical and sport education, motor performance and kinetotherapy , as well as masters degrees in sports subjects. General information for incoming Erasmus students can be found here. You can find details of sports subjects studied, and the semester’s in which they take place, by following the links above for each degree programme.

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom we continue to work with members in

The University of Stirling

City of Glasgow College

University of Gloucestershire

Planning your mobility

The Erasmus+ programme allows universities and colleges (institutions) to have ‘inter-institutional’ agreements for the exchange of students and staff. The programme currently only allows students of a particular university to spend part or all of the year studying at another with which it has this sort of agreement. It is important to know that your own university must nominate you – you must get their support, and cannot simply apply direct. So find out what the process is to apply for this nomination at the university where you are taking your degree.

This means your Step 1 is to find out which universities your own has as partners. Step 2 is to think about any language(s) you speak, because it is important you have enough ability to understand your classes and to write or speak in assessments. Look at what language is used in teaching, and whether there are language classes available at the start or through the exchange period.

Step 3 is to find out the compulsory subjects you must have for your own degree. These need to be studied either on your exchange or at your home university. Remember that module names are not often the same in different universities, so look in as much detail as possible. The links for the universities above should provide enough detail to discuss with your tutor at your home university. Step 4 is to look for optional subjects you’d like to study on exchange. This may strongly influence your choice of university.

These subjects may be called ‘subject’, ‘course’, ‘module’, ‘unit’or some other name given by the university you want to visit. Each unit of study will have normally have a code indicating the level (beginning 4, 5 or 6 for undergraduate) or semester (e.g. beginning with a number from 1 to 6 for semesters 1 to 6 over three years). They are likely to have different credit values (ECTS) to your home university (sometimes more , sometimes less) so discuss this with your home university tutor too. Make sure your choices will be acceptable for credit when you return.

Some universities offer a set programme just for exchange students, and some universities allow more flexibility in choice of subjects than others. For example you may be allowed, or even recommended, to take subjects at a level below where you are studying at your own university. Discuss this with your home university first, because it may help widen your choice and make the studying abroad a little easier too.

Step 5: look for any timetable information which will show the semester a subject is taught. For example, if you have a compulsory subject available only in the spring semester, but you want the exchange to start in September, you will need to consider other universities or a change of timing. The timetable may be a problem if choosing subjects (courses/modules).

Step 6 is to collect all this information together and present it to your home university tutor within your university’s deadline(s). It is important you do as much planning as you can, so that your university can help consider your application. This usually means planning early in the year before you want to go. Your own university will have a process to follow, and will have its own requirements and rules. Your academic performance needs to be good enough at home, you may need to take some language classes, and save up[ some money to add to any grant you can get through your university. So plan ahead, using this website and other resources your tutor recommends.

Your Next Steps with EN3S

Discuss with your tutor in your home university what you want to achieve by studying abroad and where you might like to study. Ask them who to contact at one of our university partners abroad with questions about their application process, deadlines and course content. We’re here to help and support you wherever we can.

Your Next Steps at your home university

We cannot help with advice about accommodation, costs or other student support, as these are very specific to your location. The university you are applying to will be able to advise once you begin the application process, and your own university should also be able to help throughout the process. But you need to do the research and put in the effort too! And remember that international offices often are closed for holiday periods, so contacting them in early or mid semester is strongly advised.

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