York Minster viewed from the City Wall, Ian Day

Incoming Erasmus Students

A warm welcome to international students from our Erasmus partners. The Erasmus scheme provides life-changing opportunities and we could not support you more in your decision to study abroad.

York is the ideal place to study art history. The city offers an unparalleled range of both heritage sites and cutting-edge events, and the History of Art department is among the largest and most active in the country.  Browse through our Staff page to see what our academics teach and study, or meet some of our students to hear about their experiences!

Feel free to write to our Erasmus Coordinator, but you may find some information on these pages that answers your initial questions. You should also visit the Centre for Global Programme's pages for visiting students, which are an invaluable source of help and information.



For the 2019/20 academic year, classes will start on Monday 30 September 2019. However, we recommend that you to come to York beforehand in order to get to know the campus, as well as the city.

Unlike your university, the York academic year is not divided into two semesters, but into three 10 week terms separated by periods of holiday. The dates for 2019/20 are:

Autumn Term: 30 September 2019 - 6 December 2019

Spring Term: 6 January 2020 - 13 March 2020

Summer Term: Tuesday 14 April 2020 - 19 June 2020 

Because of the clash of dates between ‘European’ semesters and York terms, we provide Erasmus exchanges of 9 months in duration, which will allow undergraduates to take 6 modules of 120 York credits (or 60 ECTS credits). Masters level students can take up to 4 modules of 80 York credits (or 40 ECTS credits) but if you require more credits to meet the academic requirements of your home institution please get in touch with us to discuss further.


Structure of Your Erasmus Exchange

Autumn 2019Spring 2020Summer 2020

Intermediate Seminar Module
(choose from available options;
20 credits)

Intermediate Seminar Module 
(choose from available options
20 credits)


Intermediate Seminar Module 
(choose from available options
20 credits)

Intermediate Seminar Module 
(choose from available options
20 credits)

Museology and Curatorship
(compulsory; 20 credits)

   Writing Art Histories (compulsory; 20 credits)

All incoming Erasmus undergraduates who register for 9 months will attend two compulsory courses:

-    Writing Art Histories, which spans the 9 months

-    Museology & Curatorship, which takes place in weeks 1-4 the Summer term with assessments through to the end of week 6

You can then choose 4 of our specialized (Stage 2) modules. Specialized modules are an ideal way to study History of Art. They are seminars of no more than 15 students, a small group that allows for rich, in-depth discussion and close analysis of the material.

Incoming Erasmus taught postgraduates can choose up to 4 of our specialized MA modules (two in the Autumn Term and two in the Spring Term). Module choices are made in September and cannot be guaranteed in advance.

Credits and Assessment


All History of Art modules are worth 20 York credits. 2 York credits correspond to 1 ECTS credit, which means that each module will give you 10 ECTS credits.


Examinations for Autumn Term modules take place in Week 1 of the Spring Term for all students. Examinations for Spring Term modules take place in Week 1 of the Summer Term for taught postgraduates and in Weeks 1 and 5-7 of the Summer Term for undergraduates.

English Proficiency

Entry Requirements & English Proficiency

Please refer to the University's entry requirements for visiting students, as described here: www.york.ac.uk/study/international/applying/visiting-students/courses/

As an undergraduate student, we require your English level to meet the following minimum criteria:

IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
PTE Academic: 61, with a minimum of 51 in each component
CAE and CPE (taken from January 2015): 176, with a minimum of 162 each component
TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components

As a taught postgraduate student, we require your English level to meet the following minimum criteria:

IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components
PTE Academic: 67, with a minimum of 55 in Writing and no less than 51 in all other components
CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 185, with a minimum of 169 in Writing and no less than 162 in all other components
CAE (before January 2015): 75, with 'Very Good' in Writing
CPE (before January 2015): B
TOEFL: 96, with a minimum of 21 in Writing, 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking
Trinity ISE: level 3 with Distinction in all requirement

You can improve your English skills while in York. The University runs the Writing and Language Skills Centre and incoming students can participate in their courses for free.



For students who want to live on campus, the University has an Accommodation Services office. There is a precise calendar for applying for accommodation, which you will need to follow.

To live on campus is a quintessentially English tradition and you can choose between catered or uncatered options. Please note that campus accommodation is not guaranteed for every Erasmus student and it’s up to you to enquire and apply separately.

Many students choose to live in York however, which is a short walk away, and organize themselves independently.

For more information

For more information on York, accommodation and transport, have a look at the Erasmus Society, which organizes social events for incoming students.