Before this option can be considered, all other avenues should be explored - withdrawing from your exchange should be a last resort. Our first response will always be to work with you to see if we can arrange for additional support or make other suitable arrangements to help with the problems you are facing and to enable you to continue with your exchange.
It’s absolutely normal to find parts of your exchange challenging but with the right support in place, most students go on to have a very successful experience.
While returning to Edinburgh part way through the year may be an option, it is not guaranteed and depends on a variety of factors including course availability and the number of courses completed at the partner institution.
If you have missed more than a week or two of term, it may not be possible for you to return to Edinburgh and you may have to apply for an interruption of studies. As such we will always explore other options first.
If you are in receipt of any financial assistance (such as a scholarship or Erasmus grant) you should expect to be required to return ALL money advanced to you. Withdrawing from exchange will also impact on your tuition fee status and you will no longer qualify for any tuition fee waivers for students studying abroad.
If you are considering withdrawing it is essential that as soon as possible, you contact:
The sooner you let us know, the more we will be able to do to help.