Erasmus Policy Statement

Erasmus Charter 2014-2020


ERASMUS+ EU Programme

ERASMUS is an exchange programme set up by the European Union which enables students to follow, and to be assessed in, courses at foreign universities, as part of the degree programme for which they are registered in their home university. ERASMUS students usually spend one full academic year at a foreign university. On successful completion of the Erasmus year, and once the requirements outlined below have been met, BATh students may be awarded the BATh International Degree.

Links between Maynooth’s Pontifical University and other universities:
In the Erasmus inter-university exchange programme, Saint Patrick’s College,Maynooth has inter-institutional agreements with Faculties of Theology in the following countries.

    Belgium: Catholic University of Leuven
    Croatia: University of Split
    University of Zagreb
    Czech Republic: University of South Bohemia
    University of Palacky, Olomouc
    England: Heythrop College, London
    Finland: University of Helsinki
    France: Institut Catholique de Paris
    Institut Albert le Grand (Ircom)
    Germany: University of Augsburg
    Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt am Main
    University of Freiburg im Breisgau 63
    Fulda University
    Catholic University of Applied Sciences, Mainz
    University of Regensburg
    University of Trier
    University of Tübingen
    University of Munich
    University of Wurzburg
    Malta: University of Malta
    Netherlands: Tilburg University, Utrecht
    Norway: MF Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo
    Poland: Pontifical University of John Paul II, Cracow
    Portugal: Universidade Católica Portuguesa
    Slovenia: University of Ljubljana
    Spain: Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca
    Sweden: Newman Institute, Uppsala



Incoming Erasmus students must be nominated by their home university to study in the Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. These students must then complete our Erasmus Application form: Erasmus application form

Closing date for receipt of application:
15th May for semester 1 / 15th December for semester 2

Incoming Erasmus students can choose modules from the following programmes: BTh; BATh; BD.
See Chapter IV in the current (2015/2016) Kalendarium.  

The link to the Kalendarium is included in the Support Links on the right of this page.

Students may choose some postgraduate modules, subject to availability and/or agreement with relevant lecturer.
See Chapter VI in the current Kalendarium.

Please note that some modules may change for 2016/2017 academic year.

Grading System

Guide to Incoming Erasmus Students

Academic Calendar 2015-2016


Erasmus Co-ordinator/Registrar: Reverend Professor Michael Mullaney

Contact Person: Ms Barbara Mahon




No fees have to be paid to the host university.  Students are entitled to an Erasmuscontribution towards the cost of their mobility.

Credit for work done while abroad
Students are assessed in their host universities for courses followed and such assessments are recognised by the home university, according to the ECTS (European Credits’ Transfer System).

ECTS (European Credits’ Transfer System) was proposed by the European Commission as a way of creating common academic procedures for the different European countries. The aim of the system is to guarantee the recognition of studies carried out abroad. It is a kind of ‘common academic coinage’ for measuring and comparing students’ performances and transferring examination results from one institution to another.

One year’s (or two semesters’) work is regarded as being equivalent to 60 credits. The number of credits attaching to any course will reflect the number of hours (in lectures, seminars, tutorials, etc.) demanded by that course. Thus, a course to which 10 credits are attached is assumed to represent one sixth of the student’s full year’s work-load. It should be noted that ECTS does not refer to the assessment for courses.

Who may apply?
Full-time registered students on the BATh programme and postgraduate programmes are eligible to apply.

How many credits do I need to take while abroad?
BATh Erasmus students must take 60 credits: 30 credits in Theology and 30 credits in another discipline. BATh Erasmus students must pass the necessary assignments/exams in relation to the credits/modules taken, while abroad, to be eligible for the BATh International award.

When can I go?
Students may go on Erasmus in third year, or in fourth year. Application is made in the academic year prior to the Erasmus year (before 1st March). If students go on Erasmus in third year, then they return to Maynooth after the Erasmus year abroad and study for a further year (4 years in total). Students may go on the Erasmus year after completing third year in Maynooth (provided they have passed all exams), however, they will NOT graduate until they have completed the Erasmus year. On successful completion of the 4-year BATh programme, students may qualify for the BATh International award, provided the necessary assignments/exams in relation to the credits/modules taken (60 credits in total) have been passed in the host university abroad.

Can I still claim my grant while abroad?

Am I still eligible for the Free Fees while I am abroad?
BATh Erasmus students are covered by the Government’s Free Fees Initiative for the 4th year of study (whether the fourth year is taken in Maynooth or abroad).

Students must complete an “Expression of Interest” application form. This form can also be collected from the Pontifical University Office/Theology Office.

Deadline for applications:
1st March

Language Requirements
While abroad an ERASMUS student follows courses in the language of the country involved. However, the following universities deliver lectures in English:

Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
University of Palacky, Czech Republic
University of Malta
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
University of Helsinki, Finland
Heythrop College, London

Some universities offer free language courses to ERASMUS students.


SPCM Study Abroad Guide




Jennifer Cunningham – Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

Yvonne Myles – Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Spain


Check out the link below which you may find useful when going abroad:



lifelong learning programme